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POGO boss Kim Wong donates 23,000 test kits, PPEs for AFP, Coast Guard medical teams

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Businessman Kim Wong has donated thousands of test kits and personal protective equipment (PPEs) to the Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) which will be utilized for their medical frontliners amid the country’s COVID-19 crisis.

In a short program in Camp Aguinaldo on Wednesday, Wong donated total of 23,000 COVID-19 rapid test kits and dozens of medical PPEs which were received by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and PCG community relations chief Commodore Armando Balilo in behalf of the government.

Wong is the owner of Oriental Group—the largest accredited offshore gaming company under the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO).

Balilo said 2,000 of the 23,000 rapid test kits donated by the POGO kingpin will proceed to the Coast Guard Medical Service, in which many of its medical personnel are currently serving as frontliners in various checkpoints across the country.

Meanwhile, the remaining 21,000 kits will be distributed to the Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy, and V. Luna General Hospital for utilization of their respective frontliners who are fighting the COVID-19 threat.

Last week, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) said the government-accredited POGO Service Providers donated a total of P150 million for the country’s COVID-19 response—P60 million for 150,000 relief food packs and P90 million for purchase of PPEs and other medical supplies.

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