The management of Lopez-led First Philippine Industrial Park, the developer and operator of the industrial park in Batangas has teamed up with two leading hospitals in Tanauan and Santo Tomas to provide free shuttle service to medical workers and other frontliners battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the province of Batangas implemented an enhanced community quarantine, public transportation has been virtually shut down, making it difficult for many medical workers to commute from their homes to their workplaces.
Some of these workers, who are providing essential services to those inflicted with COVID 19 and other ailments, live as far away as Batangas City and Laguna. FPIP is providing two shuttles each to ferry frontliners in Saint Francis Cabrini in Santo Tomas and Daniel Mercado Medical Center in Tanauan to and from their homes when their shifts end.
“While much of the attention in the fight against COVID-19 is focused on Metro Manila, we realize that the battle extends here to our own backyard, and we wanted to support our community health workers who are working bravely and tirelessly to save lives. Many of the 65,000 people employed by our locators typically seek medical services in Daniel Mercado and St Francis Cabrini; so we reached out to them offering assistance and this is what they said they needed,” said FPIP chief operating officer Giles Puno.
FPIP has been a solid corporate citizen in its host cities of Tanauan and Santo Tomas, providing employment for thousands of residents.
During the Taal volcanic eruption in January, FPIP provided support and relief to residents temporarily housed in evacuation centers. FPIP is controlled by a First Philippine Holdings Corp. with Sumitomo Corporation of Japan as partner.
FPH also donated P100 million to ABS-CBN’s “Pantawid ng Pag-Ibig” program, which is providing food and other basic goods to local governments as they help their communities deal with the COVID 19 pandemic. FPIP, FPH and ABS-CBN are all part of the Lopez group of companies.
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