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TransCo opens dormitory, extends help to fight COVID-19

Philippine Information Agency
08 Apr 2020, 22:38 GMT+10

QUEZON CITY, April 8 (PIA) -- The National Transmission Corporation (TransCo), a government agency managing the country's power transmission system, opened its 14-room dormitory in Quezon City for health workers of the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) for free.

"There is still room for medical front liners in our dormitory," TransCo President and CEO Atty. Melvin A. Matibag said, adding the Agency's initiative is in line with Department of Energy's (DOE) call for the energy sector to actively contribute to national government's efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aside from accommodation, transient health workers are also provided with free food.

TransCo is also distributing food packs to front line workers of nearby hospitals - Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine Heart Center, and East Avenue Medical Center - from April 6 to 19.

To help health workers overcome the difficulty of going to and from their places of work due to the lockdown, TransCo has likewise offered its vehicle fleet for the use of front liners of hospitals in Quezon City.

TransCo also pledged Php 7.5 million to the Department of Health to purchase COVID-19 test kits and donated Php 3 million to the Philippine Red Cross for the purchase of personal protective equipment of frontline health workers.

Meanwhile, it is business as usual for Transco workers as it continuously ensures normal operation and maintenance of electrical systems of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) and the Baguio City Economic Zone (BCEZ).

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi noted that despite the ECQ, TransCo employees were able to work from home to make sure that FIT-eligible Renewable Energy (RE) Developers were given their FIT payments on time for electricity generated from 26 January to 25 February so that they will have the means to support their operations.

In a joint press statement, Secretary Cusi commended the initiatives of the TransCo to support the national government's efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and help our fellowmen overcome the effects of the disease.

"The energy family stands united with the Filipino people in tirelessly finding ways to strengthen our chance against COVID-19," he said.(MTQ/PIA-IDPD, additional information from DOE)

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