We might have grown too acquainted with utilizing the phrase ‘resilient’ as an adjective to outline the Filipinos’ capacity to overcome adversity. We hear this phrase one too many instances each time pure calamities hit our archipelago and we discover ourselves attempting to survive and recuperate.
The ongoing COVID disaster is proving our resilience as Filipinos, and has introduced out the perfect in us. We witnessed our neighborhood cooperation and collaboration by our particular person efforts, the emergence of neighborhood pantries nationwide, and the massive contributions of personal firms and organizations as a manner of doing our half to help us make it by this troublesome time.
Initial COVID Response
Corporate foundations have tailored and created new methods throughout this well being disaster. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs have been recalibrated to deal with the present wants of Filipinos.
For TeaM Energy, by its CSR arm TeaM Energy Foundation Inc. (TEFI), the response to the COVID state of affairs in the course of the onset of the pandemic was swift and strategic. Working carefully with provincial and native authorities models, TEFI instantly performed aid efforts in Pangasinan, Quezon, Metro Manila, Benguet, La Union, and Bataan.
“When the quarantine measures were announced by the government, we immediately started planning how to respond to the situation,” says Maria Teresa Lopez, Vice President of TEFI. “We worked in close coordination with provincial and local government leaders to make sure we were able to provide help where it was most needed,” she provides.
Initially, TEFI offered 1,200 sacks of rice to Pangasinan and Quezon to help residents who have been affected by quarantine measures. Vitamins, medicines, PPEs and totally different meals gadgets have been additionally offered.
In Metro Manila, 5,000 luggage of 5kg rice have been donated to the AFP Leadership Development Center which they distributed to households in Payatas, Quezon City. Thousands of packs of rice, sardines and on the spot noodles have been offered to the Pantawid COVID mission to profit avenue distributors and public utility automobile drivers who misplaced employment.
Meanwhile, in Bataan, TEFI donated luggage of rice to the native authorities of Mariveles, and meals packs to various affected households in Benguet.
In the previous 12 months, amid the pandemic, TeaM Energy continued to implement its neighborhood development programs, specializing in easing its results and serving to authorities emerge from the disaster.
Livelihood and employment took an enormous hit from the pandemic. To help present revenue alternatives for affected communities, TeaM Energy applied totally different livelihood programs in Quezon and Pangasinan.
In Pagbilao, Quezon, fishing nets and different fishing gear have been donated to a neighborhood of fisher people in Barangay Bantigue, to help guarantee their continued livelihood. In neighboring Padre Burgos, Quezon, a Grouper (Lapu-lapu) aqua-culture mission was established to help native fisher people increase their revenue.
In Sual, Pangasinan, a program to help enhance the productiveness and revenue of rice farmers in Barangay Sioasio was applied. This included the development of a solar-powered rice milling facility, provision of a palay de-husker, winnower, de-stoner, and a stitching machine to make rice sacks. The mission is in partnership with the European Union Access to Sustainable Energy Program and the Central Pangasinan Electric Cooperative or CENPELCO. Additionally, TEFI additionally put in a solar-powered air-conditioning system for a honey processing plant managed by the Siaosio East Forest Development Association in Sual.
Education initiatives in the brand new regular
To help public faculties in its host communities adapt to distance studying, TeaM Energy labored carefully with the Department of Education (DepEd) and totally different native authorities models in Pangasinan and Quezon to modify to the brand new regular.
Hundreds of reams of bond paper and ink cartridges have been donated to the DepEd Quezon division for the printing of studying modules. Additionally, TeaM Energy additionally partnered with DepEd Quezon to facilitate the airing of studying programs over Quezon native radio.
As a part of Brigada Eskwela, greater than half 1,000,000 Pesos value of studying instruments and gear was given to choose public faculties in Quezon and Pangasinan. Hygiene and disinfection packages like alcohol, bleaching options, and surgical masks have been additionally given by this system.
“We realize the importance of sustaining the learning process for students in a safe and effective manner, while addressing the challenges brought about by this global pandemic,” says Greggy Romualdez, Head of External Affairs, TeaM Energy.
Aside from the efforts made by TeaM Energy to support distance studying, in addition they anticipate the return of face-to-face lessons in the close to future. Recently, TEFI, by its Project SIKAP, turned over a model new multi-purpose constructing to Padre Burgos Central Elementary School in Padre Burgos, Quezon. While a one-classroom, one-storey faculty constructing was constructed in Cabuyao Elementary School in the identical city. This model new classroom is absolutely furnished with desks, chairs, ceiling followers, lights, and a consolation room for the comfort of the scholars and lecturers.
A Memorandum of Agreement was signed for the on-going set up of photo voltaic panels in all 22 public elementary faculties in Sual, Pangasinan to energy their pc laboratories. Six public faculties in the identical city underwent capacity-building actions by the Ecoskwela Program the place trainings and funding of buildings on Solid Waste Management, Biodiversity, Energy, and Water Conservation have been offered by TEFI to the taking part public faculties.
Health, security, and safety amid the pandemic
In partnership with the provincial, native, and barangay authorities models in Pangasinan and Quezon, TeaM Energy continued its implementation of deliberate social development programs.
In Silaki Island in Bolinao, Pangasinan, TEFI repaired and changed broken components of their 6.4kw solar energy station. Residents of this off-grid island cost automobile batteries in the mentioned station, that are then used to energy lights and different home equipment in their houses.
TeaM Energy additionally put in a complete of 82 photo voltaic streetlights in totally different sitios in Barangays Pangascasan, Capantolan, Macaycayawan, and Sto. Domingo in Sual, Pangasinan. This is to enhance the protection and safety of the residents residing in these communities.
In Pagbilao, Quezon, water techniques in Barangays Ibabang Polo and Ilayang Polo have been put in, giving residents of those barangays entry to clear water.
Heavy responsibility Closed Circuit Camera Monitoring Systems have been put in in barangays Parang and Ikirin, additionally in Pagbilao, to improve peace and order in their areas.
To help enhance the supply of fundamental providers, two model new service automobiles have been donated to the Provincial Government Unit of Pangasinan late final 12 months. In Pagbilao, Quezon, one fully-equipped rescue automobile and two bikes have been donated to the municipality. The rescue automobile can be utilized as an ambulance for well being emergencies, whereas the native police will use the bikes as patrol automobiles.
After its preliminary COVID response on the onset of the pandemic, TeaM Energy continues to participate in the struggle towards the continuing well being disaster. They donated 2,500 models of Viral Transport Medium (VTM) check kits to the provincial authorities of Pangasinan, whereas 25,000 items of multivitamins have been donated to the native authorities of Sual to help enhance the immunity of residents.
Meanwhile in Quezon, over 1.35 million Pesos value of medical provides was donated to the provincial authorities by the Quezon Medical Center. Among the gadgets donated have been units of Personal Protective Equipment, scrub fits, hospital footwear, disposable flat mattress sheets, face shields, packing containers of disposable gloves, multivitamins, and different hygiene and disinfection supplies for the medical front-liners in Quezon.
Typhoon Relief Efforts
While your complete nation remains to be in the center of coping with the pandemic, one other problem got here as a number of sturdy typhoons destroyed houses, livelihoods, and even claimed lives in the numerous areas that have been hit late final 12 months.
When Super Typhoon Rolly severely broken components of the Bicol area final November 2020, TEFI instantly despatched help to Oas, a municipality in Albay, that was in dire want of fundamental aid provides. TEFI was in a position to give out 500 meals packs and hygiene kits to households in Oas; in addition they donated building supplies like 600 items of galvanized iron sheets (yero) and roofing nails to the residents whose houses have been badly destroyed by the storm.
Just a couple of days after Super Typhoon Rolly hit, one other Typhoon referred to as Ulysses, struck Luzon, affecting many cities and provinces together with the city of San Ildefonso in Bulacan, the place TEFI donated greater than 700 aid packs containing meals and hygiene kits to the affected residents, together with blankets and towels.
The communities of Barangay Daraitan in Tanay, Rizal and General Nakar, in Quezon Province have been additionally severely affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses in Luzon final 12 months. TEFI donated nearly 400 packs of 10kg rice to households in these communities. Blankets, model new undergarments, and used garments have been additionally given to the residents by TEFI.
The journey to restoration
Seeing the nation out of the worldwide well being disaster is one thing all sectors should work on collectively. For TeaM Energy, aside from producing wanted electrical energy to revitalize industries, energy hospitals, energize vaccine storage amenities, and light-up houses, it has additionally proven a deep dedication to working with its stakeholders in hastening the nation’s restoration by high-impact CSR programs which might be meant to uplift lives and complement authorities’s development programs.
The hostile results of the pandemic are all too actual. From its impression on the worldwide economic system to how we stay out our on a regular basis lives—the world is a vastly modified place. The journey to restoration can be stuffed with challenges. Overcoming them would require that all of us transfer collectively as one. The participation and cooperation of personal sector gamers akin to TeaM Energy in authorities’s restoration efforts will play an important position in our return to normalcy.
TeaM Energy operates two coal-fired energy crops: the 1,200 MW Sual Power Station in Pangasinan and the 735 MW Pagbilao Power Station in Quezon Province. It additionally has a 50% stake in the 420 MW Pagbilao Unit 3 Power Project in Quezon, and a 20% stake in the Ilijan pure gasoline mission in Batangas.
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