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The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) and its corporate partners agreed to shoulder the cost of electricity at temporary quarantine facilities for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients.

“Apart from providing electrical system upgrade and fast energization, Meralco joins forces with other corporate entities and commits to subsidizing all of the electricity expenses that the temporary health facilities will incur, based on the consumption utilized, while operating as COVID-19 health centers,” the power distributor said in a statement.

These temporary health facilities include the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), World Trade Center (WTC), and Ninoy Aquino Stadium (NAS).

Meralco and the Ayala Group will cover the electricity costs for the WTC health facility’s total electricity consumption.

Meanwhile, Meralco with the Razon Group will also shoulder the electricity costs of the NAS.

For the PICC health facility, Meralco said it will be sharing the expenses for electricity with the San Miguel Corporation group.

The Pangilinan-led power distributor said it will provide full support to the Department of Public Works and Highways’(DPWH) plans to convert three multi-purpose venues into additional health and medical facilities for the heightened treatment and health monitoring of people infected by the COVID-19 virus.

The distribution utility said it will also install additional electrical facilities, augment the connection, and boost the energization of the NAS.

“All three sites were also thoroughly checked, keeping in mind the surge in capacity of the medical facilities to be used, caused by the increasing number of persons under investigation, persons under monitoring and confirmed COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms,” Meralco said.

It added that it will provide 24/7 monitoring to ensure continuous power while the sites are utilized as temporary health and medical facilities.

“We at Meralco are one with the government in providing support to our country’s frontliners, as they care and nurse back to health those who are afflicted with COVID-19. The immediate conversion of the three facilities into health centers is crucial, and we will do our part by ensuring fast, adequate and safe energization. Reliable power is critical too, and Meralco commits uninterrupted flow of electricity to the temporary structures,” Meralco president and CEO Ray Espinosa said.

“We will also take it upon ourselves to assist in relieving these establishments of any additional costs resulting from the government's mission of accommodating the growing number of COVID-19 patients,” Espinosa said. 

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