Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines) Official Statement on the COVID-19 Response

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March 20, 2020

As the situation on COVID-19 remains to be uncertain, Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines), majority owned and operated by Dr. George T. Yang has announced the release of a response fund of P500 million pesos to enable the company to provide assistance for its employees and communities it serves.

For company employees, the fund covers:

o Restaurant crew and managers whether they are unable to come to work or not, and head office employees’ salaries to be released for the period of the quarantine.

o A special premium pay package will be provided for crew and managers who are able to come to work in selected stores that remain open to serve the community in enhanced quarantine areas.

o Special benefits like provision of care kits (face masks, alcohol and vitamins) to ensure employee safety in the workplace as well as provisions for premium pay.

For communities: the fund covers food to be donated by the company to front liners like medical health workers, LGU workers, NGO volunteers, and the marginalized sector who are challenged to have access to food during this time.

According to McDonald’s Philippines Chairman and Founder Dr. George Yang, “amidst any crisis, people must come first; we do what we can to ensure their welfare. We also have a responsibility to our partners to ensure that they can continue doing business and be able to care for their own people. Finally, as a Filipino company, we have a duty to be a partner of the government in serving the public in whatever way we can.”
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McDonald’s Philippines master franchise holder, Dr. George T. Yang, opened the first McDonald’s store in Morayta, Manila in 1981. Since then, McDonald’s in the Philippines has been a strong and relevant player in the country’s quick service restaurant industry, having grown a store network of over 670 across the country, and will continue to grow in the years to come. McDonald’s Philippines continues to elevate its community relevance through Ronald McDonald House Charities and customer experience through its NXTGEN stores. In 2017, McDonald’s was awarded the prestigious ‘‘Best Employer for Commitment to Employer Brand” and “Best Employer for Commitment to Generation Y” distinctions at the Aon Best Employers Philippines Awards 2017. Aon recognizes organizations that receive outstanding results from random employee opinion surveys and people practices index

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