Aboitiz chief assures continued business operations amid Covid-19

MANILA. Aboitiz Group President and CEO Sabin M. Aboitiz (2nd from right) and Aboitiz Power Corp. President and CEO Manny Rubio (extreme right) inspect current operations at AP Renewables Inc. Makiling-Banahaw (MakBan) Geothermal Power Plant and check on team members' working conditions at the site last July 15, 2020. (Contributed photo)

VARIOUS Aboitiz business facilities, sites, including power and cement manufacturing plants, as well as its residential development sites, are continuously operating and implementing health and safety protocols in the midst of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Following a series of site inspections, Aboitiz Group president and Chief Executive Officer Sabin M. Aboitiz reiterated the company's commitment to keep its businesses running smoothly to help the country's economy weather the challenges posed by the health crisis.

The Aboitiz Group has businesses in critical industries such as power, banking and financial services, food, land, and infrastructure, including cement manufacturing and construction.

"Aboitiz is committed to providing unhampered delivery of products and services across critical sectors that will help keep our economy moving. We will continue to provide reliable and ample power supply to the country; ensure food security along with our partners; continue to create better ways to live; and ensure sufficient and domestically-produced cement of good quality to support the country's infrastructure initiatives," Aboitiz said.

Last August 14, the Aboitiz Group chief visited Republic Cement and Building Materials Inc.'s (Republic Cement) Batangas Plant, which boasts of its consistent high standard in environmental and safety practices. He also toured AboitizLand Inc.'s Seafront Residences in San Juan, Batangas, its first residential project in Luzon.

Team members on site felt empowered with the strong leadership support at this challenging time. Aboitiz personally checked on their working conditions, as well as the facilities to ensure continued service to the public as the Aboitiz Group helps the nation's recovery amid the current pandemic.

A few weeks prior, the Aboitiz chief and a team of AboitizPower senior officials inspected the geothermal power plant facilities of AboitizPower Renewables Inc. (APRI) in Makiling-Banahaw (MakBan) in Laguna and Tiwi, Albay.

Aboitiz also went around the Pagbilao Thermal Power Plant in Quezon province to inspect the 420-megawatt Pagbilao 3 unit operated by Pagbilao Energy Corporation, a joint venture between AboitizPower and TeaM Energy.

In all these visits, Aboitiz noted that these facilities are conscientiously following strict pre-entry safety requirements, health screening, and other safety protocols.

"On top of keeping unhampered operations on various work sites and business facilities, the most important thing is ensuring that our team members, especially those in the frontlines, those who are keeping the lights on, those who are keeping the machines running, and those who are building our homes one brick at a time are well taken care of; that they are healthy, safe and their needs are met," Aboitiz stressed.

Upon entry, both employees and visitors are met with constant reminders on physical distancing, frequent hand sanitation, proper wearing of masks and personal protective equipment on site.

Aboitiz noted that while the health crisis has undoubtedly created challenges, it is also paving the way for opportunities such as harnessing the full potential of innovation and applying it in the company's business operations.

"We were able to showcase the performance of the Batangas plant, the safety of the plant as well as our preparations on the new normal and how we implement it," shared Republic Cement Batangas Plant manager Erwin Cruz.

The Republic Cement Batangas Plant, located in Taysan, Batangas, has been in operation since 1967. It produces Type 1, Type 1P, and Type 1 OPC (Ordinary Portland Cement) Bulk Cement.

Meantime, at the Seafront Residences, which was launched in 2017, Aboitiz inspected completed houses and amenities, and future areas for development.

"It was good to be able to highlight our successes and initiatives towards meeting our construction goals despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic," AboitizLand assistant vice president for Customer Management Monica Trajano said. (PR)


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