Vietnamese tycoon donates 750K masks, PPE for PH frontliners

DFA Sec. Teddy Locsin Jr. and Mr. Henry Serrano Nguyen / Photo courtesy of PNA

Manila, Philippines –  The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has received a 750,000 masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) were donated by a Vietnamese businessman to be used by DFA personnel frontliners.

The DFA personnel were also working in the frontlines as being tasked to facilitate the repatriation of overseas Filipinos and stranded foreign nationals.

"Today, Secretary (Teodoro Locsin Jr.) received over 750,000 masks and PPE (sets) donated by Vietnamese business tycoon and well-known philanthropist, Mr. Johnathan Hanh Nguyen, to help protect DFA’s front-liners against Covid-19," the department said over Twitter.

However, Nguyen was represented by his son and Imex Pan Pacific Group (IPPG) Philippines president Henry Serrano Nguyen.

The donation, received by Locsin at the DFA office, arrived in Manila via a chartered flight arranged by Nguyen and was made possible through the assistance of the Department of Finance, Bureau of Customs, and other government agencies.

Mr. Johnathan Hanh Nguyen, Chairman and President of the Imex Pan Pacific Group, a diversified conglomerate that controls a majority of the Vietnamese market in distributing brands such as Chanel, Burberry, Ralph Lauren , Rolex, Cartier and all of the LVMH brands operating in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

After the announcement of COVID-19 outbreak, imposition of lockdown has been implemented in different countries all over the world.

Thus, most companies have started shutting down due, some have even declared bankruptcy and because of this, many Overseas Filipino Workers in different countries have also decided to come home. 

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