AboitizPower Mindanao business units assist Cotabato and Davao frontliners

AboitizPower Mindanao business units assist Cotabato and Davao frontliners

The Aboitiz Group, through its power business units and its team members, have extended a much-needed helping hand to aid local communities affected by the impact of COVID-19 in Mindanao.

Recently, AboitizPower distribution utility Cotabato Light & Power Co. team donated medical supplies to equip the frontliners at the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC). These donations came at a crucial time as the CRMC continues to serve as one of the region’s primary care centers amidst COVID-19.

The items distributed include 11,000 surgical masks, 1,000 nitrile gloves, 9,000 surgical gloves, 371 safety goggles, 14 infrared thermometers, 371 digital contact thermometers, and 12 liters of alcohol.

“We are very grateful for the incredible work that our frontliners willingly provide during these current times, and we at Cotabato Light and the Aboitiz Group are pleased to lend our full support in making sure that they are properly equipped with all they need,” said Cotabato Light President and Chief Operating Officer Valentin Saludes III.

The frontliners serving at the medical center expressed their profound gratitude for the tremendous support towards the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

“The support provided by Cotabato Light and the Aboitiz Foundation allowed us to remain responsive to the demands of the current public health emergency. [This] institution has served as a beacon of light and hope in this difficult battle,” said Dr. Helen P. Yambao, Medical Center Chief at the CRMC.

Cotabato Light had also previously donated various food items to the local government units (LGU) within its franchise areas of Cotabato City and the municipalities of Sultan Kudarat and Datu Odin Sinsuat. These included 3,648 assorted canned goods and 125 sacks of rice. The mayors of all three LGUs were very thankful to Cotabato Light and the Aboitiz Foundation for the generosity extended to them.

To date, there are over 100 COVID-19 cases in Mindanao, majority of which hail from Davao City.

Meantime, Mindanao-based team members from Aboitiz Group companies, namely Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV), Aboitiz Power Corporation, Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc., along with AboitizPower business unit Therma Marine, Inc. (TMI) used their funds to distribute PPEs and large containers of alcohol to the Southern Philippines Medical Center and the Davao City Health Office.

The medical supplies purchased by Aboitiz team members were also distributed by TMI to the Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City.

The donations were met with great appreciation by medical frontliners, as the country continues its battle to combat the effects of COVID-19.

“The PPEs and medical supplies will be a huge help in fighting this pandemic, and a confidence boost to our frontliners. Thank you to the Aboitiz Group for thinking of our frontliners.” said Dr. Joy Villafuerte, officer of the Davao City Health Office.

In addition to material donations, Aboitiz team members in Mindanao also pitched in with cash donations.

As an initiative started by the #OneAboitiz team in Mindanao, team members held a fundraising activity to lend their own personal assistance to medical frontliners. The Mindanao team members of AEV, AboitizPower, Apo Agua, TMI, Davao Light, Cotabato Light, Hedcor, and Therma South, Inc. were able to raise a total of P479,200 out of their own pockets.

The #OneAboitiz Mindanao team had previously used its team member fundraising proceeds to donate other medical necessities such as surgical masks, gloves, face shields, along with more alcohol and PPEs throughout its host communities.

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