National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) President Anthony L. Almeda appealed to lawmakers to allow private companies to import, tax-free, doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for its employees adding this will enable businesses to give the economy the much-needed boost in activity.
He also appealed to lawmakers to pass a law encouraging the private sector to provide vaccination to its employees.
“Vaccination, as well as mass testing, is focally critical in the fight against COVID-19. We need to prevent, detect, isolate, and treat. We need to jumpstart the economy now, but we need to ensure that we stack the odds against infections in the workplace,” said Almeda.
“With a vaccination program in place for the private sector, more businesses and industries will be able to regain some semblance of normal activity, bounce back, and put the economy on its way to recovery after almost a year of slow down,” stressed Almeda.
NGCP, with a 5,000-strong workforce, continues to monitor the progress and rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in other countries. It is also assessing the possibility of providing its employees, including essential personnel comprised of grid dispatchers and transmission line personnel, with the necessary doses as soon as it becomes available.
“We encourage our counterparts in both the public and private sectors, to be similarly pro-active in protecting their employees, so that we can keep the economy running at full speed,” Almeda implored.
NGCP renewed its commitment to enforce all health and safety protocols mandated by the Department of Health and the Department of Labor and Employment to mitigate the spread of the virus in the workplace. It also continues to help local governments, national health agencies, and various communities fight the disease.
NGCP had donated P1 billion to the national government to aid Filipinos in the early days of quarantine protocols.
Recently this month, NGCP donated 3 additional ambulances to various local governments, hosting its facilities, 10,000 test kits, 50 test booths, and testing services to Pasay City.