LA TRINIDAD, Benguet April 02 – Heroes surely do not have to be in flashy costumes and red capes. Now that COVID-19 is having an impact on the way we live our daily lives, our frontliners are putting up a fight so we can stay in the comfort of our homes. It is during times like this that courage, resilience and generosity make a difference.
Acknowledging their courageous deeds, Hedcor supports frontliners with some one million-peso worth of donations which includes rice, canned goods, coffee, sugar, and disinfectants to name a few, in Benguet, Mt. Province and Ilocos Sur.
In response to the assistance, Tuba Mayor Clarita Sal-ongan acknowledged the additional packs that are to be distributed to her constituents, “Agyaman kami iti tulong nga inted yo, Hedcor!” she added.
On top of these relief efforts, the Department of Energy recently announced that these LGUs can also use of its ER1-94 funds under Reforestation, Watershed Management, and Health & Environment Enhancement Fund (RWMHEEF) to help the needs of the LGUs for the procurement of medical supplies to aid COVID-19 crisis. The RWMHEEF is from the generation shares of Hedcor run-of-river hydropower plants.
Additional medical equipment such as surgical masks, nitrile gloves, alcohol, and units of infrared digital thermometers will also be handed over to selected partner LGUs as soon as supplies are available.
“The Aboitiz Group is one with the government and our brave medical and security frontliners who are working hard to defeat COVID-19. We are committed to supporting the COVID-19 frontliners for the long term,” said Sabin Aboitiz Group president and CEO.
In more than 30 years of business, Hedcor weathered with its host communities storms from the 1990 earthquake, the Itogon landslide and now this COVID-19 pandemic. As we address this outbreak, Hedcor’s commitment to its host community will not waver. COVID-19 may get us limping, but time and time again, we have proven that the Filipino spirit, camaraderie and resiliency can never be broken.
In this trying time of uncertainty and fear, we acknowledge that we are stronger together. Together we will get through this; and when we do, we will continue to advance our communities through health and wellness programs.
By Dexter A. See