The Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) has committed to provide full support to the Duterte administration’s plan to convert three multi-purpose venues into temporary health and medical centers to augment bed space availability as the government intensifies its treatment and health monitoring of people infected by the COVID-19 virus.
In a statement, Meralco vowed to work around the clock to ensure the immediate development of an enhanced electrical system for Department of Public Works and Highways’(DPWH)identified temporary treatment centers. These include the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), the World Trade Center (WTC) in Pasay City and the Ninoy Aquino Stadium at the Rizal Memorial Complex in Manila.
“We at Meralco are one with the government in providing support to our country’s frontliners, as they care and nurse back to health those who are afflicted with COVID-19,” said Meralco President and CEO Atty. Ray C. Espinosa. “The immediate conversion of the three facilities into health centers is crucial, and we will do our part by ensuring fast, adequate and safe energization. Reliable power is critical too, and Meralco commits uninterrupted flow of electricity to the temporary structures.”
He also expressed the distribution utility’s commitment as the company reinforces its service delivery during these critical times.
Espinosa added Meralco would install additional electrical facilities, augment the connection and boost the energization of the Ninoy Aquino Stadium (NAS). All three sites were also thoroughly checked, keeping in mind the surge in capacity of the medical facilities to be used, caused by the increasing number of persons under investigation, persons under monitoring and confirmed COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms.
Meralco will likewise provide 24/7 monitoring to ensure continuous power while the sites are utilized as temporary health and medical facilities.
Espinosa added, “We will also take it upon ourselves to assist in relieving these establishments of any additional costs resulting from the government’s mission of accommodating the growing number of COVID-19 patients.”
Apart from providing electrical system upgrade and fast energization, Meralco joins forces with other corporate entities and commits to subsidizing all of the electricity expenses that the temporary health facilities will incur, based on the consumption utilized, while operating as COVID-19 health centers.
In a unified effort to provide the best possible healthcare and medical services to frontliners and patients, Meralco and the Ayala Group will cover the electricity costs for World Trade Center health facility’s total electricity consumption. Together with the Razon Group, Meralco will also shoulder the electricity costs of the Ninoy Aquino Stadium while for the PICC health facility, Meralco will be sharing the expenses for electricity with the San Miguel Corporation group.
In an earlier pronouncement, Meralco assured the public that it will keep the lights on and continue to serve mission critical health facilities with utmost attention and priority, since these facilities operate 24/7 to ensure unhampered service to patients.
According to Atty. Espinosa, “We will continue working hard to give medical workers and frontliners the reliable service they need now more than ever. All hands are on deck to ensure these new health facilities are constructed according to the planned timelines, and run like clockwork once they begin operations. Meralco continues to keep up the good fight and sustain our mission to keep the lights on for our brave frontliners and afflicted patients.”
Espinosa concludes, “Going beyond the power and light we deliver, this current crisis calls for us to be beacons of reliability and hope. We are keeping the lights on for our frontliners and affected Filipinos, and we are one with government in overcoming this crisis.” ###
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