THE Republic of Singapore has donated 3,000 testing kits and one polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine for combating the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), as announced by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. on Twitter.
Ambassador of the Philippines to Singapore Joseph del Mar Yap received the donation as he signed a Deed of Donation on behalf of Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III and the Singaporean foreign ministry.
Locsin, likewise, said Turkey has also sent its test-kits samples to the Philippines.
Also on March 18, Sen. Emmanuel D. Pacquiao donated 600,000 face masks to various frontliners serving the country amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with the help of the Jack Ma Foundation.
Pacquiao donated about 100,000 face masks to the Philippine National Police; 50,000 to the Armed Forces of the Philippines; 75,000 to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine; 75,000 to the Department of Health; 75,000 to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA); and 50,000 to other medical workers.
Pacquiao also gave five buses to MMDA for the transportation of health workers and other frontliners.
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