The COVID-19 pandemic has rendered both individuals and businesses helpless. Apart from fears of getting infected and falling ill, many workers have to struggle to keep food on the table as many of them lost their means of livelihood.
Committed to extending help in the fight against this pandemic, Splash Corporation took a novel approach in helping communities in need. Inspired by the movie “Parasite” wherein a family was given an opportunity to work by assembling cardboard boxes for a pizza business, Splash Corporation enlisted the services of around 40 families living near their Valenzuela plant to put stickers on the bottles of Hygienix Alcohol and Hand Sanitizer. This has enabled Splash to keep up with the high demand for these COVID-19 essentials and provide families a way to earn a living, while quarantined at home.
Resident Cielo Reponte, whose family was one of those contracted for the stickering, expressed her gratitude to Splash: “Kami po ng aming pamilya ay taos pusong nagpapasalamat sa binigay ninyong oportunidad. Dahil dito kahit papaano ay meron kaming napagkakakitaan”. Another member, Janet Cortez, echoed the same sentiment: “Nang dahil po sa inyo meron po kaming pinagkakaabalahan kahit nasa bahay lang po kami. Lalo na ngayong sa krisis na ating kinahaharap, malaking tulong po iyon sa amin sa pangaraw-araw naming gastusin”. Another worker, who chose to remain anonymous, is thankful for the livelihood provided by Splash. She says: “Isa po ako sa mga worker na NO WORK NO PAY. Maraming salamat po dahil ako ay kumikita kahit nasa bahay lamang”.
Apart from providing livelihood, some 18,000 families situated in four barangays near the Splash Plant also received around 180,000 pieces of soap packs from the company. Barangay Captains Lucy Nolasco of Barangay Paso de Blas; Mario San Andres of Barangay Canumay West; Dan Delesmo of Barangay Lingunan; and, Arnold Natividad of Mapulang Lupa personally accepted the donations for their respective Barangays.
Splash Executives also paid Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian a courtesy call prior to their recent donation of 1,200 gallons of Hygienix Alcohol, 1,200 bottles of Hygienix Liquid Hand Soap and 67,000 pieces of soaps for use by the city’s hospitals and front liners and for distribution to the constituents of Valenzuela
Mr. Neeraj Khatri, Chairman and CEO of Splash Corporation says, “Splash Corp. is committed to helping in the fight against COVID-19. Since the start of the quarantine period, we have faced challenges but have continued to manufacture essential Splash products like alcohol, soaps, and hand sanitizers. We have also looked at how we can help our community and agreed that providing alcohol and soap products to the LGU of Valenzuela and barangays near our plant is the best way to fight the spread of COVID-19 by promoting handwashing and hygiene.” Ms. Vicci Tomas, President and COO, also adds “All units of the organization are working hand in hand in this uncertain time and are looking at creative ways on ensuring that Splash products are consistently accessible and available to our consumers.”
COVID-19 has brought about challenges and changes unheard of and unexperienced in our country’s history. But with companies like Splash lending its hand to communities during these very trying times, the ever resilient and irrepressible spirit of the Filipino will most certainly prevail.