By Freddie Lazaro
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The National Grid Corporation of the Philipines (NGCP) has started on Saturday, April 11, the distribution of P500 million-worth of relief goods, in line with its P1-billion assistance to the national government’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) relief and response efforts.
“We are very pleased to turnover these relief packs as we hope these will help sustain our partner communities given the extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine. Distribution in select locations in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will be made over the next weeks,” stated the company in a press statement.
Last March 30, NGCP wrote Philippine President Duterte, pledging P1 billion to help the national government in its efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“NGCP’s pledge of medical equipment is also in the process of procurement. The much needed equipment will be distributed to identified hospitals as soon as they arrive,” added the company.
The donation is over and above earlier NGCP donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), meals, and other equipment for medical frontliners, as well as the Meals on Wheels program where hot meals are distributed to indigent members of the community. NGCP plans to continue helping various host communities, even beyond its previous efforts, and P1-billion pledge of assistance.
“We understand the importance of a collective, unified effort to combat this pandemic. NGCP assures its stakeholders that the company will continue to support the government in battling this global health emergency,” stated the company.
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.