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AboitizPower Team Sow #PositiveEnergy: Brix - Duty & Family

April 27, 2020

Brix Maskariño wakes up before the sun rises. The dormitory begins to bustle with muted activity, but Brix’s early start means that he won’t have to wait in line to shower. He is one of the team members rendering duty in Therma South, Inc.’s (TSI) facility quarantine to keep the lights on amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  While the country’s frontliners like medical personnel, bankers, janitors, and police continue to brave the pandemic, another group of unsung heroes diligently works as the backbone of the nation by keeping power supply available during these challenging times.  Control Room Engineers (CREs) are the brains of the power plant. They have oversight of the entire plant operations, and like brains picking up signals from the body, CREs also monitor the condition of the plant to ensure that everything is running normally.  To do this, it is imperative for CREs to remain mentally alert and mindful anything can happen anytime, especially now when manpower has been stripped down to a skeletal workforce due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).  “By the time I go back to the dorm, I usually fall asleep right away since the task is mentally-demanding. You have to continuously monitor the status of the plant and your mind is always alert and prepared to respond instantly if something goes wrong,” Brix shared.  Plant operations are not the only thing running through Brix’s mind, though. The facility quarantine entails that all personnel rendering duty inside the plant have to stay inside the facility for two weeks.  This is a reverse isolation protocol to prevent bringing in potential infection. This also means that team members have to be away from their families during that time.  TSI has provided dormitories for its team members under quarantine, along with entertainment such as cable TV and full Internet access so that people like Brix are able to stay in touch with their loved ones.  “This is the first time I’ve been away from my family. With all that’s happening, it’s hard to keep your mind at ease. My thoughts keep going back to my family. I found a better appreciation for my family through this experience,” Brix said.  In light of the developments, Brix had to leave his aging parents at home alone while he steps up to keep the electricity flowing.  “The work that we do is important, now more than ever. We need to supply energy so that frontliners can do their work and use the facilities they need. They need electricity in hospitals,” Brix shares.  “I can appreciate my job more now. Usually you see people thanking nurses and frontliners on social media, but sometimes you can see some thanking the power sector. It’s touching that there are some people who appreciate what we do,” Brix added.  Overall, Brix found that his experience with hotel isolation and facility quarantine was alright. It was an experience that allowed him to find a deeper appreciation and sense of duty to his family.  “The sacrifice we’re making is for the sake of our family. We need to support our frontliners so they can do their job to control the pandemic, so that our families are kept safe. This is my mindset now. I’m doing this to keep my family safe and to help my country.”  Wholly-owned AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. (TSI) is the owner and operator of the 300-Megawatt Davao Baseload Power Plant located in Binugao, Toril, Davao City. TSI is certified in four ISO standards, namely Quality Management (ISO 9001:2015), Environmental Management (ISO 14001:2015), Occupational Health and Safety Management (OHSAS 45001:2018), and Asset Management System (ISO 55001:2014). Along with Therma Luzon, Inc. and Therma Visayas, Inc., the three primarily compose the Coal Business Unit of AboitizPower.

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FDC Misamis aides the Province of Misamis Oriental in its fight against COVID-19

April 27, 2020

Filinvest's FDC Misamis Power Corporation aids the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental in its battle against the coronavirus. The power firm donated over 200 sets of personal protective equipment, 40 units of face shields and 1 unit of a ventilator. The photo shows Governor Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano (4th from left) delightedly accepting the items from FDC Misamis personnel - (from left-right) Logistics Manager Senta Mae Flores, ComRel Officer Analiza Miso, and External Affairs Officer Aaron Rodrigo. Also present during the turnover are Prov. Health Officer Dr. Jerie Calingasan, Prov. DOH Officer Dr. Jocelyn Terrecampo, and Supervising Admin. Officer Ms. Rosette Cervantes.

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Oro Fil-Chinese Community extends aid to other frontliners

April 27, 2020

The Filipino-Chinese Community of Cagayan de Oro continues to extend its support with nearly a million pesos worth of rice and face masks donated to key law enforcement agencies policing the community quarantine mandated by the city government. The Road and Traffic Administration (RTA), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Cagayan de Oro Police Office (COCPO) were the beneficiaries of the extended support turned over in separate occasions on Saturday, April 25, in Cagayan de Oro City. The RTA represented by Engr. Nonito Oclarit received 50 sacks of rice and 5,000 pieces of face masks together worth P225, 000.00 while 25 sacks of rice and 2,500 pieces of face masks worth P112, 500 were received by Col. Allan Cabot in behalf of the BFP. Some 120 sacks of rice and 12,000 pieces of face masks worth P480,000.00 were turned over to the COCPO headed by City Police Director Col. Henry Dampal. The donations were turned over by community representative including Jeffrey Ang, Tomas Sia, Benjamin Chan, Jr., Steven Tan and others. The  P817,500.00 is on top of the P4.3-million earlier extended by the community to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC). On April 7, the group headed by President Sonny Choi and COVID-19 Response Committee Chairman Efren Uy turned over to NMMC Chief Dr. Jose Chan 1,980 sets of PPEs each worth P1,500 with a total value of  P 2,970,000.00 and 500 pieces of N95 face masks each worth P130.00 valued at P65,000.00 for a total donation of P3,035,000.00. With this, the community’s collective donations to NMMC now totals P4,304,000.00, excluding donations also made to the city owned and operated J.R. Borja General Hospital (JRBGH). The NMMC is the only hospital in Region X with the capability to test and treat CONVID-19 Patients Under Investigation (PUI). Under the strategy adopted by the Regional and City Health offices, COVID-19 patients are exclusively referred to NMMC, while JRBGH and other private hospitals take in as many non-COVID cases as they can accommodate to give NMMC’s personnel and facilities as much slack as possible to deal with the outbreak. From March 23 to April 6, the CDO Filipino-Chinese Community had previously donated to NMMC on four separate occasions urgently needed PPEs and medical supplies collectively valued at P1, 269,000.00. The Filipino-Chinese Community of Cagayan de Oro includes 21 community organizations, including family associations, chambers of commerce, schools, martial arts, civic and religious fraternities.  These including the following: Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.;  Mindanao Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China in the Philippines; Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.; Cagayan de Oro You We Tong Civic & Religious Fraternity, Inc.; Oro Christian Grace School; Misamis Oriental Liong Tek Fraternity Association, Inc.; Sejo-Lim Family Association-Northern Mindanao Chapter; Cagayan de Oro Bell Church Foundation, Inc.; Kong Hua School; Cagayan de Oro Volunteer Fire Brigade, Inc.; Phil. Wushu Federation-Cagayan de Oro Chapter; Phil. Kim Mun Association-Misamis Oriental Chapter ; Cagayan Gospel Church ; Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Amity Club;  Cagayan de Oro San Lorenzo Filipino-Chinese Catholic Community; Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.-Misamis Oriental Chapter; Philippine Chinese High School Alumni Association-Cagayan de Oro Chapter; Misamis Oriental Progressive Mason Temple, Inc.; Kong Hua School, Inc.; and the Chee Kung Tong Chinese Free Mason Misamis Oriental Branch. (RMB)

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DA-10 brings Kadiwa on Wheels to Oro barangays

April 27, 2020

Elson Jalapong, a sari-sari store owner in Barangay 23 is thankful to the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) for bringing the Kadiwa Market direct to their barangay.  Since the city-wide implementation of the community quarantine, his family has been making do with little income to provide for their daily needs.  "I am thankful that DA brought the Kadiwa Market to our barangay. The products sold are cheaper and affordable that helps us save, especially now that our daily earnings are much lesser under the quarantine," Jalapong said.  "I am looking forward for the next round when the Kadiwa Market visits our place," he added.  For the Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperatives (NMFDC), better known for its brand name, Highland Fresh Dairy Products, the Kadiwa Market has helped their group get by the pandemic by maintaining steady sales.  "Our production has been affected since the implementation of the quarantine. Our sales have dropped significantly. One of our strategies is to continue joining DA's Kadiwa. This helps us to maintain our daily sales," Jhuryvie Sardovia Highland Fresh accounting staff-turned-saleslady shared.  "More importantly, the Kadiwa Market has helped me keep my job during the quarantine," she added.  Barangay 23 Chair Mario Balsarza said his constituents not only saved money because of the Kadiwa Market, but it also kept them from going to congested places like the public market, a precautionary and safe measure against COVID-19.  "I will look into inviting the Kadiwa Market some other time to our barangay. This is very helpful to our people during this time. I am very thankful that DA has considered our barangay as one of its display areas," Balsarza said.  The Kadiwa Market also enabled barangay residents to display their homemade products, he added.  DA-10 aims to bring together individual farmers, farmer-groups, small, medium and large enterprises and corporations in Cagayan de Oro as vendors and suppliers of the Kadiwa Market as it roams around the city, supplying fresh and cheap food products to Kagay-anons.  The agency provides logistics and links Kadiwa vendors to target barangays to sell their products.#(DA RFO-10/ATalib)

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Fruitas Holdings partners with Mindanao dairy farm operator

April 26, 2020

FRUITAS Holdings, Inc. has teamed up with a Mindanao-based dairy farm operator to be the exclusive carrier of its products.     The food and beverage kiosk operator told the stock exchange on Wednesday it forged a partnership with Bukidnon Milk Company to have the rights to carry its products via carts, kiosks and stalls.     Before this partnership, Fruitas has been carrying Bukidnon Milk Company’s fresh milk and yogurt products through its delivery platform.     “We have received very positive feedback on Bukidnon Milk Company products from our customers… [W]e are glad to partner with a top-notch local producer of fresh dairy. This new collaboration is in line with our vision for Fruitas to be synonymous with fresh products and become an essential part of Filipinos’ daily lives,” Fruitas President and Chief Executive Officer Lester C. Yu was quoted in the statement as saying.     Products of Bukidnon Milk Company will now be featured in Fruitas’ fresh store concept under the Babot’s Farm brand. As announced in March, the company wants the new concept to carry three major verticals of fresh products: a buko beverage line, a soy-based products line and a fresh dairy line.     “(The fresh store concept) will prominently feature Bukidnon Milk Company products alongside Fruitas’ leading buko beverage line, and Soy & Bean’s soy-based products,” it said.     Partnerships such as this is part of Fruitas’ strategy to generate revenues amid the challenges brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.     “As constraints brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges to all businesses from large conglomerates to small operators, Fruitas commits to mitigate the impact by adding new revenue and profit streams,” it said.     It also assured investors that it has “more than sufficient funds” to survive the pandemic, noting it raised P820 million when it did an initial public offering last year.     “Since its initial public offering, Fruitas has completed the acquisition of Heat Stroke Grill, Kuxina, The Tofu Store, and CocoDelivery and forged partnerships with Pan de Manila and Bukidnon Milk Company, which have made the company bigger and stronger,” it said.     Fruitas has not disclosed its earnings for 2019 yet, but in the year prior, its consolidated revenue stood at P1.58 billion to increase 37% year on year.  

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PSALM hands over P46M to LGUs to lower power rates

April 26, 2020

GOVERNMENT-LED Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) on Thursday said it remitted its quarterly share in the national wealth to local government units (LGU) hosting renewable power plants to bring down electricity costs.     The agency tasked to privatize the government’s power assets handed over P46 million to host LGUs in Luzon and Mindanao, 80% of which must be used to lower costs of electricity, as called for by Republic Act No. 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act.     “We did our best to process the releases immediately and we even coursed them through bank transfers in order for the LGUs to access the funds and perhaps utilize them for their Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) response activities,” PSALM President and Chief Executive Officer Irene B. Garcia said in a statement.     LGUs in Benguet, Laguna, Pangasinan, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur are beneficiaries of the PSALM shares.     According to the Local Government Code, LGUs are entitled to a 40% share of proceeds from energy assets, such as petroleum, coal, geothermal, hydrothermal, and wind resources, collected in the past fiscal year.     These proceeds are directly routed to treasurers of concerned provincial, city, municipal, or barangay.     The agency’s shares in national wealth are released quarterly, with the next remittance to be done in July.     Recently, PSALM extended its order putting on hold the payments of fees on power billings and ancillary services which due dates fall during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), following the recent advisories of the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission on bills settlements within the energy sector.     It has provided distribution utilities, industries, ecozones, and government entities with a grace period for paying said fees. It likewise allowed them to pay the deferred bills in installments in the next four billing months starting mid-May.  

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