Rubbing alcohol produced from Ginebra plant arrives in hospitals

On Tuesday, conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) said it is looking to manufacture rubbing alcohol and give them away for free in a bid to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to their announcement, they looked into producing rubbing alcohol in the Ginebra San Miguel Inc. facilities, its liquor production unit.

The manufacturing plant can produce 70 percent ethyl alcohol which it wants to distribute to public hospitals and local government units. Production already began over the weekend, which is now being used within the facility and for SMC employees.

“We are working on getting the necessary clearances from the relevant government agencies, to produce this for public use. We ask that they help expedite clearances,” SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang said in a statement.

On Thursday morning, units of rubbing alcohol from San Miguel Corporation arrived at Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Quezon City.

The company said it is also donating to LGUs its own brand of disinfectant powder used in hog farms and other facilities.

The Department of Health (DOH) recorded 15 more cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country, with the total reaching 202 as of 12 noon on Wednesday, March 18.

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