MANILA – The TikTok video sharing application helps the Philippines in its fight against COVID-19 by pledging to donate one million dollars to the Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation Inc. (PGHMFI).
PGHMFI is a non-profit organization that is a major partner of the General Hospital of the Philippines (PGH).
The fund will help provide protective gear and equipment as well as relief supplies for healthcare workers, according to a statement released on Thursday by TikTok.
“Nothing is more priceless than a community that comes together in times of crisis and does its part to fight it. PGHMFI greatly appreciates the enormous support of TikTok, which will help us secure PPE and essential supplies for PGH front-line health professionals, “said PGHMFI president Dr. Telesforo Gana.
“This is truly a big help as the HGP continues to fulfill its role as a government-designated COVID-19 hospital. Through coordinated efforts, we believe we can prevent a bigger epidemic, save more lives. and start to heal, “added Gana.
Helena Lersch, global director of public policy at TikTok, praised the resilience of Filipinos in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“TikTok could testify to Filipino resilience. We have witnessed how the Filipino community has managed to come to terms with themselves and make themselves smile or convey a message of hope despite the gravity of the situation,” said Lersch.
“We are grateful that TikTok has been part of the daily life of Filipinos. We hope that this donation will give our health professionals the best equipment and supplies that will lead to the healing of the Philippines. From the bottom of our hearts, saluting the salamat Pinoy community, and salamat, on the front line! “
In the Philippines, TikTok users showed their support for healthcare professionals through the #salamatfrontliners campaign, which received 29,742 videos and 56,209,777 views.
In response, the frontliners also went to TikTok to share their messages of hope and inspiration, some of them dancing to “Fight Song” as they continued their battle against the new coronavirus.