Top mall conglomerates in the country including SM Supermalls, Ayala, Robinsons and Megaworld Lifestyle Malls are waiving mall rental fees throughout the duration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine last March 16 and expected to end April 14, 2020, as the government moves to contain and slow down the spread of novel corona virus (COVID-19).
Aside from these, the companies have also extended various assistance to the government and the community to support the fight against COVID-19.
SM has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) – face masks, gowns, visors, hoods, gloves, and shoe covers, as well as urgent medical supplies to government hospitals.
They have also extended assistance to Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and Research Institute for Tropical Management (RITM) for their urgent needs and for improving their laboratory testing capacity.
The Ayala group on the other hand has rolled out P2.4-billion relief package for employees and partners affected by ECQ, which includes wages, bonuses, leave conversions and loan deferments primarily for the extended workforce of its partner employers so they may continue to be paid for the duration of the quarantine period.
Robinsons group on the other hand has allotted P100 million to support health workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, which will be allocated to donate PPEs such as surgical masks for health care frontlines and rapid test kits. The UP Medical Foundation and the PGH Medical Foundation Inc. are among its priorities.
Megaworld Lifestyle Malls will also assist mall merchants like supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics, and banks that have been allowed to open during the quarantine period in terms of in-store sanitation and disinfecting efforts.
More than 1,000 food packs and water have already been distributed to frontline medical and healthcare personnel In Philippine General Hospital, Pasig City General Hospital, Pasay City General Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, Taguig General Hospital, and Ospital ng Makati, and to the National Capital Region (NCR) Border Security Teams.