AC Energy, together with the Ayala Group, was at the forefront of nationwide response.
The company launched a series of social investment and support initiatives to mitigate the impact of the community quarantine, raising over ₱64 million that was cascaded to electricity, health and food relief, medical supplies, cash donations, and employee wages and emergency funds, with the priority to keep the employees, host communities and customers safe.

Powering the “WTC We Heal as One Center” and other facilities

To augment the capacity challenges in hospitals, the Ayala Group, together with the ICCP Group and Manila Exhibition Center, Bases Conversion Development Authority and the national government, converted the World Trade Center into a designated quarantine facility. AC Energy covered the electricity cost together with partner donor Manila Electric Co., and provided critical supplies such as bed frames, mattresses, pillows and other furnishings, for a total package valued at ₱24 million.

AC Energy also supported the La Salle group as they launched their Safe Shelter project and opened their doors to provide a temporary home for COVID-19 frontliners.

Brigada ng Ayala

Through the Brigada ng Ayala program, AC Energy’s power plants responded to the needs of teachers and learners by providing aid for the new normal in education. From Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte to Guimaras, Western Visayas, the company’s various plants distributed close to 2,000 “Educare” hygiene kits to 24 schools, with each one containing 150mL of alcohol, two bars of soap, face masks, and one face shield, among other items. The plants also distributed over 3,000 reams of bond paper to more than 200 schools across the nation.

Medical aid to the most vulnerable

AC Energy assisted in the conversion of Qualimed in Nuvali into a COVID-19 dedicated hospital, and the HOPE project in Quezon City, a 175-bed capacity quarantine center. The projects were valued at ₱7 million.

AC Energy’s subsidiary, South Luzon Thermal Energy Corp, donated funds to support the UP PGH AO project to develop venti masks, a breakthrough mask that aims to lower the risk of COVID-19 patients to be intubated and sedated, thereby allowing patients to remain conscious and fight for life.

Supporting host communities

Together with the Ayala Group, AC Energy took part in Project Ugnayan, a fund-raising initiative together with more than 30 conglomerates and in partnership with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation and Caritas Manila.

The project raised a total of ₱1.37 billion in support of families that have been economically displaced by the community quarantine in Metro Manila. AC Energy raised over ₱6 million in contribution to the project, and another ₱6 million as food reserve fund.

For its host communities and their frontliners, AC Energy, through its power plants, allotted ₱13 million and mobilized local teams to donate cash, medical supplies, as well as food supplies.

The company donated over 2,000 sacks of rice as aid to the locals of Norzagaray, Bulacan, Bacnotan, La Union, and Bangui and Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.

Meanwhile, in Iloilo and Guimaras, AC Energy extended aid to communities to provide critical relief for strained healthcare systems, educational support for the communities, and environmental rehabilitation.

Ensuring health and wellness of employees

For its own employees, AC Energy ensured the health and safety of its workforce through company-wide initiatives aimed to protect their overall well-being. Apart from the continuing provision of employee wages and allocation for emergency funds, the company spearheaded innovative weekly health checks, periodic updates about the crisis, a dedicated h otline for COVID emergencies, tele-psychological consultation services and online engagement activities.

For the swift transition to remote working for its headquarter-based employees and provide essential business continuity amidst the crisis, AC Energy immediately established various systems alongside a solid ICT infrastructure. Collaboration tools, internal communication apps, provision for access to wifi and other measures were put in place.

AC Energy recognizes the unprecedented crisis that the country and the whole world is facing right now, and these programs are a testament of what can be achieved if we all work together to aid the most vulnerable. The company will continue to lend support to help the country recover, and reinforces its strong commitment to invest in much needed energy investments in the Philippines as access to stable power is critical now more than ever.

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