Alsons Power helps provide relief to host communities in Mindanao amidst ECQ
The Alsons Power Group, Mindanao’s first private- sector power generator, is engaged in efforts to ensure that residents and front-liners in its host communities have access to food and other essentials as the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) remains in place over key areas of Mindanao. The group currently has a portfolio of four power facilities located in Iligan City, Sarangani Province and Zamboanga City providing electricity to over eight million people in 14 cities and 11 provinces including important urban centers such as Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Iligan, and Zamboanga City.
Ruben G. Tungpalan Alsons Power Vice President for Corporate Affairs relates, “We are currently assisting the local government units in providing food and other essentials to the residents, healthcare providers, security forces and other front-line responders in our host communities namely Iligan City, Zamboanga City and Maasim in Sarangani Province.”
In Iligan City in Northern Mindanao staff from the group’s Mapalad Power Corporation (MPC) diesel power plant delivered several 25-kilogram sacks of rice for the residents of Barangay Dalipuga- the plant’s host barangay. MPC likewise donated around 280 bottles of mineral water for frontline medical staff at the E&R Hospital in Iligan City. MPC also provided the E&R Hospital emergency room with mobile phone units for the collective use of emergency room front-liners.
In South Central Mindanao, employees of Alsons Power’s Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) baseload coal-fired power plant turned over to the municipal mayor, 140 50-kilogram sacks of rice for the residents of Maasim, Sarangani Province- SEC’s host municipality. SEC also donated patient beds and face shields for medical staff of the Maasim municipal patient care facility for patients with mild corona virus symptoms and persons under investigation. Frontline police officers manning key checkpoints at the border between Sarangani Province and General Santos City received coffee, creamer, assorted biscuits, instant noodles, bottled water and other essentials from courtesy of SEC.
In Zamboanga City in Western Mindanao personnel from the group’s Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC) diesel power plant and staff from the project team of Alsons Power’s prospective San Ramon Power, Inc. (SRPI) baseload coal-fired power plant distributed 750 relief packs and sacks of rice to residents and front-liners five key barangays in the city. Beneficiaries included habal-habal drivers, fishermen, PWDs and senior citizens. Alsons Power earlier reported that their power plants continue to operate despite the ongoing enhanced quarantine. “Our operations are ongoing and we continue to dispatch power to our various customers in Mindanao”, said Alsons Power Executive Vice President Tirso G. Santillan, Jr.