By Zsarlene B. Chua, Senior Reporter

GREEN CROSS Inc. said the company is working “round the clock” to produce and distribute its alcohol and hand sanitizing products amid “heightened” demand due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Our production lines are now practically running around the clock and we are working longer hours to increase output and meet the unprecedented demand, particularly for alcohol,” Green Cross President Michael Co said in a statement on Wednesday.

He also urged consumers “to do their part in ensuring the availability of alcohol” by not hoarding and limiting purchases to two bottles as recommended by the Department of Trade and Industry.

The company manufactures Green Cross alcohol and alcogel, Zonrox bleach, among others.

“Green Cross [has begun] running on extended hours and working very hard to restock shelves at the soonest possible time despite the challenges we face with limitations imposed by the quarantine and their implications on the entire supply chain,” the company told BusinessWorld in an e-mailed statement on Wednesday.

The company said that the production and transport of raw materials and manpower have been affected by the newly-imposed enhanced quarantine measures in Luzon.

Green Cross is also working with the local government units and “deploying their own resources” to ensure the safety of seamless mobility of their employees so they can continue production.

More products are expected to be delivered to hospitals, health centers, and stores in the coming days.

“We are all working hard to make sure that the supplies needed to combat the spread of the virus are readily and sufficiently available for all, especially for our tireless health workers and other front-liners,” Mr. Co said.

The company also allocated supplies for donation to hospitals and barangay health centers in Parañaque and Muntinlupa.