As the COVID-19 pandemic sends hospitals across the country battening down the hatches, AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. (TSI) and Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. recently extended a 3-year partnership with the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital (DSPH) to help upgrade the hospital’s facilities.
The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur, through Governor Douglas RA Cagas, inked a tripartite memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Therma South and Aboitiz Foundation last August 5, 2020 for Year 1 of the company’s support to the provincial hospital.
Under this partnership, DSPH will be receiving P2 million worth of corporate social responsibility projects for the first year. The main priority projects that have been identified were the installation of a public address system and voice over IP (VoIP) phones across the hospital, the construction of a semi-permanent triage area, and the provision of hospital mattresses.
“This support from Therma South and Aboitiz Foundation, especially the public address system and VoIP phones, came at an opportune time. This will greatly reduce foot traffic, which is crucial in limiting contact and risk of exposure, especially during a pandemic like the one we’re facing,” said Davao del Sur Provincial Health Officer Dr. Jonna Masongsong.
In attendance during the MOA signing were Provincial Board Member Fely Latasa, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. Advisor for Mindanao Affairs Arturo Milan, AboitizPower Assistant Vice President for External Relations Jason Magnaye, and Therma South representatives Lou Jason Deligencia and Jean Karl Huyatid.
Beyond the support for the DSPH, Therma South has actively dispatched P3 million worth of COVID-19 relief response to Davao City, the municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, and its host communities of Barangay Binugao and Barangay Inawayan. The generation unit has also remitted P65 million in Energy Regulations 1-94 (ER 1-94) funds to the same beneficiaries to help augment their COVID-19 response efforts.
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 (ISO 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.