Mercury Drug engages in corporate social responsibility programs, through Mercury Drug Foundation, as a way of giving back to the people for their loyal support through the years.
At the very core of this effort lies a strong sense of compassion inspired by the commitment to make a meaningful difference, beyond pharmaceutical retailing, in the communities where Mercury Drug operates.
By undertaking sustainable CSR programs focused on health and education, the company hopes to help build a healthy, educated and productive nation while remaining true to the spirit of service that has given birth to Mercury Drug.
This program provides free medicines and medical services to underserved communities throughout the Philippines.
OBL Libreng Gamutan is a whole-day simultaneous activity providing free medicines, medical consultations, health screening, oral health services, health and wellness education, nutrition counseling and feeding in underserved communities every March 1st, in conjunction with the founding anniversary of Mercury Drug.
On the other hand, OBL Libreng Gamot provides free medicines for common ailments, infections, chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, and medical supplies to underserved communities and treatment facilities serving marginalized communities or needy groups that do not have access to or do not get adequate funding for medicines.
In partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Mercury Drug has made safe potable water accessible to marginalized waterless communities, to help improve health and sanitation, as well as uplift living conditions and the quality of life of the residents in these areas.
Started in 2001, this program has benefited waterless communities across the country, including seven Yolanda-stricken areas in Northern Cebu.
Beneficiary communities are engaged in the management of the project by mobilization of a team that will see through the maintenance and sustainability of the facility.
This program aims to increase awareness on chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which have risen to silent epidemic proportions in the country.
To help identify undiagnosed or potential cases, free clinics are conducted in selected Mercury Drug stores and in urban poor communities, offering free health profiling and screening for diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity and osteoporosis. Medical and nutritional counselling as well as educational lectures are also conducted where possible, to aid in early detection of NCDs, reduce the number of cases and promote proper management and healthy lifestyles.
Capping this program is a fun walk which calls attention to NCDs and brings together advocates of NCD prevention into a collective activity that promotes walking as a simple but effective way to stop the rise of these diseases.
To foster pharmacy education and help alleviate the shortage of pharmacists in the Philippines, full scholarships are awarded to deserving but financially-challenged pharmacy students enrolled in member schools of the Philippine Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (PACOP).
The scholarship is open to third and fourth year Pharmacy students with a general weighted average of 2.0 and above; of good moral character, single and not more than 21 years old; not on any other scholarship or educational plan; with a combined family household income of not more than P250,000 per year; and not a dependent of an employee of Mercury Drug, Mercury Group of Companies or its subsidiaries.
Qualified students apply for this scholarship through their respective school deans.
This program awards graduating senior high school students for excellence in Mathematics and/or Science.
By honoring these students, Mercury Drug hopes to inspire and encourage them to maximize their potential in attaining a career that will contribute to the growth of the country.
To qualify for the awards, the student must excel in Mathematics and/or Science, must be qualified for graduation from any public or private high school recognized by the Department of Education in the Philippines, and must be of good moral character and unquestionable integrity.
The school administration screens the students and makes the final selection and recommendation of qualified recipients.
In partnership with the Philippine Center for Gifted Education, Mercury Drug supports the search for gifted Filipino children and youth – one from each region of the Philippines - among students in Grade 3 to college level in a public or private school, in the top 5% of their last class attended, or have been recognized for their outstanding ability or excellence in one or more of the multiple intelligences.
Named "Mga Bagong Rizal - Pag-asa ng Bayan" after the country's national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the awardees are nurtured and trained into leadership roles.
Through this program, Mercury Drug hopes to build a new generation of future leaders.
In times of disaster, Mercury Drug mobilizes its foundation to provide immediate relief assistance in the form of medicines or hygiene packs to help calamity areas in their recovery and to reduce the risk of diseases.
By actively supporting government rehabilitation programs in critical areas, the company helps rebuild lives and assists in the much-needed recovery of affected families.