As the country fights the COVID-19 pandemic which has put the economy and people’s lives on hold, the Guanzon Group of Companies have joined the government’s effort in assisting the community as part of their corporate social responsibility.
The company initially allotted ₱16 million pesos worth of emergency fund last March 2020 to help the community in this time of uncertainty.
It includes an initial ₱5 million pesos worth of financial aid for all Guanzon Group employees plus seed money of ₱8 million pesos for the Guanzon Employees Kabuhayan Fund.
The company allotted ₱1 million cash for Dagupan City thru the office of Mayor Brian C. Lim as its contribution to the city government’s “Bayanihan Campaign.” The Guanzon Group was the very first to respond to the latter’s fund drive that was launched last March 20, 2020.
Together with the Home Ideas Superstore, the Guanzon Group also gave ₱1 million pesos worth of Relief Assistance Packages to the residents of Calasiao Pangasinan thru the office of Mayor Joseph Arman Bauzon. Four thousand individually packed bags with food items such as rice, canned goods, noodles and coffee were given to the constituents of the municipality.
Another ₱1 million pesos was also allocated as Food Support Budget for the food supply of our dear frontliners such as the police and military personnel at the checkpoints of Dagupan City and nearby towns, as well as the doctors, nurses and health workers at the Region 1 Medical Center in Dagupan.
Aside from these, bottles of alcohol and various personal protective equipments (PPE) such as bunny suits, surgical masks and acetate face shields were also donated to the City, nearby LGUs and hospitals such as Region 1 Medical Center and Doctors’ Hospital at San Carlos City Pangasinan. Blood donation drives were also conducted during the lockdown period in collaboration with Red Cross of Pangasinan.
In the true spirit of bayanihan, the Guanzon Group also loaned their company trucks to Dagupan City to be used for their mobile palengke during the lockdown period.
In April 2020, the company shelled out an additional ₱10 million pesos and established the “Walang Iwanan Fund.” This was dedicated to provide cash assistance to more than 2,500 employees of Guanzon Group during the enforcement of the enhance community quarantine (ECQ) in the country.
Aside from the financial assistance being given to all employees, they also received updates and messages from the top management to ease their uncertainty. One of the most heartfelt message of the CEO of Guanzon Group, Engr. Joseph Lo during lockdown was when he stated, “Guanzon will not forsake its employees, this crisis is a test to our partnership and I am determined to keep this for as long as I can.”
This COVID-19 pandemic has affected our economy in unprecedented ways. Business environments are becoming erratic and unstable. Companies have been put to the test. Some have already declared bankruptcy and many are in the brink of collapse. We are indeed in dire straights, and since its implications are uncertain and yet to be determined, it will continue to disrupt our lives personally and professionally.
We still do not know how long this pandemic will take, nor how hard the impact would affect each of us, but one thing is for sure, Guanzon Group will continue its moral responsibility and will not forsake its employees and the community it serves. As Guanzon Group’s President, Mr. Guanson Lo said, “Our Company may be hampered by COVID-19 but I can assure all of you that GUANZON and all of us will rise again AS ONE after this is over.”