Lysol Philippines is teaming up with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for the Disinfect to Protect campaign. The joint mission is aimed at helping make sure every Filipino is protected from illnesses by breaking the chain of infection.
Through the partnership, the disinfectant brand has donated P36 million to the non-government organization. Half of the amount will cover the operations and maintenance costs of a Covid-19 targeted testing center in Cagayan De Oro City—to be called the Philippine Molecular Laboratory that will have two Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines, which can process up to 2,000 tests per day.
The other half of the donation will be added to PRC’s Covid-19 Samaritan Fund. This initiative shoulders processing fees to test around 4,500 Filipinos from the most susceptible groups, including the elderly, pregnant women, and those with pre-existing health conditions, especially in poor communities.
“We feel humbled to be partnering with the Philippine Red Cross in their efforts to strengthen the country’s Covid-19 testing capacity and expand its coverage to needs sectors of the society, as we keep the Philippines’ medical front liners safe against an unseen enemy while creating awareness on the importance of hygiene and disinfection,” said RB General Manager for Southeast Asia, Hygiene Gonzalo Balcazar.
At the same time, Lysol Philippines is also turning over P5 million worth of products to help disinfect PRC’s sample collection areas as well as testing laboratories. This is still to help keep the frontline healthcare workers and communities protected against Covid-19.
At the household level, the brand is also encouraging Filipinos to observe proper handwashing and to regularly clean and disinfect their surroundings, including frequently-touched surfaces at home and workplaces using Lysol’s disinfectant sprays and multi-purpose cleaners.
“We welcome Lysol as our partner in helping control the spread of Covid-19,” said PRC Chairman, Sen. Richard ‘Dick’ Gordon. “They are a company that has invested most of their resources in studying pathogens and developing solutions that can kill these. They know what we are up against and how we can stop the infection.”