MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation on Friday said that a P100 million donation by the Lopez Group of Companies will help fund its COVID-19 containment efforts, especially the maritime sector’s operation of quarantine ships and terminals.

The transportation department earlier partnered with private shipping companies to repurpose passenger ships into “floating quarantine centers” that would temporarily house a predicted influx of Filipino repatriates, including asymptomatic and untested individuals, who would undergo a two-week quarantine period.

First Philippine Holdings Corporation of the Lopez Group of Companies said that the donation aims to boost the country's limited health care capacity by supporting the DOTr's quarantine operations and conditional medical assistance to returning seafarers and other displaced overseas Filipino workers.