NGCP donates P1 billion to gov’t for crisis efforts
In support of the national government’s efforts to combat the outbreak of the Covid-19 in the Philippines, grid operator and transmission service provider NGCP will be donating P1 billion to aid medical frontline workers.
In a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, NGCP declared its support to the ongoing battle against the pandemic with a P500 million donation in the form of goods and medical equipment and another P500M for the procurement of other Covid-19 response measures, as may be determined by the Office of the President.
“Through our initial coordination with the Office of the President, we were instructed to donate entirely in the form of medical equipment, with specific items such as video laryngoscopes, ventilators, and total face masks,” the NGCP said in a statement.
The donation is over and above earlier NGCP assistance, including a donation of personal protective equipment, face masks, meals, and other supplies for frontline workers in the health industry and the “Meals on Wheels” program conducted to distribute hot meals to indigent members of the community.
NGCP’s technical partner, the State Grid Corporation of China, 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 company 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.
Various businesses in the country have pitched-in to help government address issues brought about by the confirmation of cases and emanating shortage of medical equipment as a result of the lack available materials to protect medical workers and the public from infection. – Press release