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CEBU CITY – The Aboitiz Group assured the public for a continuous flow of its business operations and implementing health and safety protocols amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it has businesses in critical industries such as power, banking and financial services, food, land, and infrastructure, including cement manufacturing and construction.
Aboitiz Group President and CEO Sabin Aboitiz shared the company’s commitment to keep its businesses running smoothly to help the country’s economy to weather the challenges posed by the health crisis.
Aboitiz added that his team regularly inspect current operations at AP Renewables, Inc. Makiling-Banahaw (MakBan) Geothermal Power Plant and its other businesses and check on team members’ working conditions at the site and on frontline workers’ condition, implementation of safety and health measures.
“Aboitiz is committed to provide unhampered delivery of products and services across critical sectors that will help keep our economy moving,” he said.
The Group will continue to provide reliable and ample power supply to the country; ensure food security along with our partners; continue to create better ways to live; and ensure enough and domestically-produced cement of good quality to support the country’s infrastructure initiatives, Aboitiz said.
In all these visits, Aboitiz noted that these facilities are conscientiously following strict pre-entry safety requirements, health screening, and other safety protocols.
“On top of keeping unhampered operations on various work sites and business facilities, the most important thing is ensuring that our team members especially those in the frontlines, those who are keeping the lights on; those who are keeping the machines running; and those who are building our homes one brick at a time are well taken-cared of; that they are healthy, safe and their needs are met,” Aboitiz stated.
To ensure a safe working environment, strict pre-entry screening requirements and health protocols greet guests and visitors in all Aboitiz business sites, including temperature check, proper hand hygiene, wearing of masks, and physical distancing, according to Republic Cement Batangas Plant manager Erwin Cruz.
Upon entry, both employees and visitors are met with constant reminders on physical distancing, frequent hand sanitation, proper wearing of masks and personal protective equipment on site.
Meantime at the Seafront Residences, Aboitiz inspected completed houses and amenities, and future areas for development. AboitizLand assistant vice president for Customer Management Monica Trajano said that they were able to highlight their successes and initiatives towards meeting the construction goals despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic.
Aboitiz Group Team members on site felt empowered with the strong leadership support at this challenging time. Aboitiz personally checked on their working conditions as well as the facilities to ensure continued service to the public.
To ensure ample and reliable power supply to the country, Aboitiz chief and a team of AboitizPower senior official inspect the geothermal power plant facilities of AboitizPower Renewables, Inc. (APRI) in Makiling-Banahaw (MakBan) in Laguna and Tiwi, Albay; the Pagbilao Thermal Power Plant in Quezon province to inspect the 420-megawatt Pagbilao 3 unit operated by Pagbilao Energy Corporation, a joint venture between AboitizPower and TeaM Energy and checked on the implementation of health and safety protocols on site.
To date, the Aboitiz Group has contributed nearly P2.2 billion for its COVID-19 response efforts to the country’s economy. This excludes various payments waived, reduced, extended, or restructured to help customers cope with the impact of COVID-19. (Photos: Aboitiz Group/Franz dela Fuente)