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By Prince Golez

Malacañang on Friday expressed its gratitude to McDonald’s Philippines and Coca-Cola Philippines for helping in the government’s efforts to combat the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, McDonald’s Philippines allocated P500 million to support its employees and the communities, including the frontliners and the marginalized sector amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The model of McDonald’s Philippines’ unselfish act is worth emulating for aside from continuing paying the salaries of its employees who are not able to report for work, it also provides premium pay and special benefits to those who can,” said Panelo.

“It likewise contributes funds not just to the frontliners of this battle but also to those who are in a difficult situation to access food as a result of their situation.”

The spokesman also noted that Coca-Cola Philippines has decided to redirect its advertising budget worth P150 million towards efforts to control the disease.

“The Palace commends these companies for the consideration it has placed on the welfare of its employees and fellow countrymen, especially at this time when the country needs all the help it can get to get through this public health crisis,” he concluded.

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