ILOILO CITY, April 8 (PIA) --The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines is donating P1-billion to aid the medical frontliners amid the fight against the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
This fund is in support to President Rodrigo Duterte and the national government's efforts to address this health problem in the country.
In a press release, NGCP President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Almeda has notified President Duterte of the grid operator and transmission provider's move to donate said amount.
"As a support to the government, NGCP will donate P500,000,000 in the form of goods and medical equipment and another P 500,000,000 for the procurement of other COVID-19 response measures, as may be determined by the Office of the President," the press release noted in Almeda's letter to the President.
According to him, they were instructed to donate entirely in the form of medical equipment, with specific items such as video laryngoscopes, ventilators, and total face masks.
The P1-billion donation is over and above earlier NGCP assistance, including a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE), face masks, meals, and other supplies for the frontline workers in the health industry and the "Meals on Wheels" program conducted to distribute hot meals to indigent members of the community, he said.
NGCP's technical partner, the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), also donated 500,000 face masks through the Philippine Red Cross.
"Our stakeholders, particularly the public, can be assured that NGCP will continue to look for opportunities to support the government in battling this pandemic. We recognize that the only way to defeat this global health threat is through our collective efforts," the NGCP said.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country's power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr. (JBG-PIA6/NGCP)