Fighting Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao recently announced on his Instagram account that the Chinese billionaire and Alibaba founder Jack Ma is set to donate 50,000 COVID-19 test kits to the Philippines.
This good news somehow brought relief to many Filipinos as this will be a big help to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
Pacquiao made the announcement last Tuesday, March 17, featuring a photo of the Philippine flag along with the caption where he emphasized the importance of helping one another during these difficult times that our country and the whole world is facing right now.
The 41-year-old senator wrote in the caption:
“We’re excited to announce the Jack Ma Foundation, in partnership with @PacquiaoFoundation is pledging 50,000 test kits to combat COVID-19 in the Philippines.
With everything that’s happening around the world today, there is no better time to unite and do whatever we can to help each other. Thank you @JackMaFoundation for this generous donation,” he added.
The boxing champ’s Manny Pacquiao foundation will be teaming up with Jack Ma’s foundation in this good cause for the country.
Initial reports from the Department of Health (DOH) revealed that they only had 2,000 test kits in the country, but it has increased since then. Just recently, Chinese embassy and another Chinese foundation reportedly donated about 2,000 coronavirus kits to the Philippines.
President Rodrigo Duterte has already placed the entire Luzon region on enhanced community quarantine since last Monday, March 16.
55-year-old Chinese businessman Jack Ma is the founder of the multinational technology company Alibaba Group. Aside from our country, Jack Ma Foundation and in collaboration with the Alibaba Foundation already announced that they were sending test kits and face masks to hard-hit countries such as the United States, as well as other countries in hopes of limiting the spread of the coronavirus.
As of this writing, The Philippines has a total of 202 confirmed cases, 7 recovered patients and 17 fatalities as a result of this global pandemic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).