Save lives, donate vaccines for the Philippines

Left photo shows from the front FACC Foundation President Ellen Samson, COFACC President Gerry Palon, and on the back starting from the left COFACC VP for Marketing Jeff Bautista, COFACC Corporate Communications Director Tina Bulchand, COFACC VP Ways & Means Joseph Joseph and COFACC VP PRO Neil Estrada. Not shown in left photo acting as Witness was COFACC Sr. Director for International Relations Lorenzo “Enchong” Formoso who is based in Manila, Philippines. Right photo shows from the Philippines, ECOP President Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr., PCCI Chair Ma. Alegria “Bing” Limjoco (acting as Witness), and PHILEXPORT Chairman George Barcelon. At the back photos are officers and staff of the 3 organizations. Not shown in photo was PCCI Acting President Edgardo Lacson.

The FACC Foundation, along with the Coalition of Filipino American Chambers of Commerce (COFACC) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI), united and signed a Memorandum Of Understanding on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, making the “Save Lives, Donate Vaccines for the Philippines” official.

The event was held virtually as the organizations and witnesses were widespread throughout various time zones with about 140 in attendance.
From the Philippine government side, the virtual MOU signing event was attended by no less than the Hon. Philippine Department of Finance Secretary Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez III, HE Philippine Ambassador to the U.S., Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez, Hon. Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs Asst. Secretary for Civilian Security Adelio Angelito Cruz, Hon. Philippine Consulate Generals Edgardo D. Badajos of Los Angeles and Jerril Santos of Texas, Hon. Consul of Washington & Oregon Atty. Eric Tadeo and Hon. Consul of Texas Ethel Mercado.

COVID-19 has affected countless lives and industries globally. In the U.S., more than 51% of the nation is fully vaccinated with a population of 333,000,000 with fairly easy access to the COVID-19 vaccines.

The Philippines only has only achieved a fully vaccinated rate of 11.6% of its population of 111,000,000+ with challenges to the supply of the vaccines.
The FACC Foundation, COFACC, and PCCI have taken a stand to help the Philippines improve its vaccination numbers as many family members and loved ones are yet to receive their doses.

Tourism has taken a major hit in the Philippines due to the pandemic. With lockdowns in place and with lengthy mandatory quarantines for anyone coming into the Philippines it just makes recovery for tourism that much more challenging. Families from the U.S. and the Philippines are forced to cancel or postpone long-awaited vacations, reunions, and other priceless events. People suffer emotionally, financially, and physically.

The support of the Fil-Am and Filipino community is vital in helping the Philippines overcome the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We ask that you find it in your heart to make a minimal contribution of only $25 for one dose of vaccine. The price you pay for dinner may be the most priceless gift that you ever give. You can literally save a life by donating vaccines for the Philippines at www.cofacc.org. (Contributed by the FACC Foundation)

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