Kirby Go, PCCI Butuan chapter president, called for fellow entrepreneurs to unite and help in any way to those directly affected by COVID-19. Donations in cash or in-kind for the on-going project to create PPEs and donate food packs to frontline workers will be greatly appreciated. He also encouraged business owners in the city to become members of PCCI Butuan to create unity in the private business sector in the city and in turn better the response and support they can give to situations similar to the COVID-19 pandemic. "We need to act as one and be of service especially to our fellow men who are working non-stop for our welfare and resolve this health crisis," he said.

Through the persistence of Fred Blancas, an entrepreneur in Butuan City, to provide support to the current health crisis, private organizations as well as local artists in the city joined the cause and donated and raised funds for the initiative. The Butuan Global Foundation was able to donate P40,000 for the cause while the funds from the auctioned art pieces donated by Butuanon artists accumulated around P30,000. Some seamstresses also volunteered to create the hazmat suit and face shields.

With the shortage of PPEs and additional support for the frontline workers all over the country, the Butuan chapter of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is now spearheading the production of PPEs for the staff of public hospitals in Butuan City. Fred Blancas, a member of the organization and organizer of the said initiative, bared that while their project has provided such support for its intended beneficiaries, they are still in the process of enabling mass production of the items. With this, he, along with PCCI - Butuan president Kirby Go, called for fellow entrepreneurs to donate to the cause. "At times like this, we can always use our resources for a greater cause, especially with the apparent shortage of needed facilities and support for the stakeholders directly involved in putting an end to this health crisis," he affirmed.


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