Mar 26, 2020
Warm greetings to all of you!
As we collectively manage the impact of COVID-19 on ourselves, our families and friends, our work, and our communities, I assure you of your company’s continuing concern and support.
I also want to share with you some updates about how we are addressing the situation as it unfolds.
As you may have seen in the news, our parent company, FPH, has partnered with our kapamilyas in ABS-CBN to provide much needed assistance to local governments providing food and basic necessities to poor families unable to work due to the Luzon lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, our entire company is now in a work-from-home program, while our business continuity measures are in effect. Our mission critical employees, particularly in our plant operations and power trading teams, have reported — or are ready to report — for work at their designated sites.
Our power plants in Batangas, Nueva Ecija, and Mindanao continue to provide much-needed power for hospitals and institutions providing basic necessities. And this is because our power plant Operations and Maintenance teams continue to go to our sites and make this happen.
I want to recognize and extend my sincere gratitude to these people, who are our very own front liners in this battle against COVID-19, for their selflessness and sense of duty. We recognize that they are going the extra mile, not just physically, but also mentally. We understand that takes quite an effort to focus on critical work on their hands, while they think about how to keep their families safe and supplied at home amid news updates about COVID-19.
We, thus, are implementing stringent measures to protect them. These include fielding a skeletal workforce per shift; strict social distancing during shifts; strict isolation of control rooms; and cleaning, as well as disinfecting of areas between shifts.
So many more of you continue to provide work support in the background to enable fellow employees to fulfill their responsibilities and ensure compliance with our regulatory, customer and stakeholder commitments. All of these support services allow us to keep clean and reliable power flowing to our customers, including hospitals and other key infrastructure, which provide our most basic necessities. Your work is equally appreciated.
Our gratitude goes out to all of you.
Workers from our key support service providers, including contractuals, will continue to be paid even if they are not able or not required to come to work so that they can support their families during this uncertain time.
We have released the financial assistance gratuity or “14th month pay” of all regular employees to help with additional needs that you may have because of this pandemic.
But let’s not be complacent. The number of our countrymen infected with COVID-19 continues to increase. Various reports say that we may expect its effects in many areas of our lives for several more months. Let’s focus our efforts, comply with government measures to contain the virus, and do what we can to support and comfort each other and our families. Let’s continue to work together and do our best to keep the lights on for our stakeholders, so that we can all emerge from this global crisis more resilient than ever.
Keep your spirits up! Take care of yourselves!