May 29, 2020
Poro Point Management Corporation (PPMC), in line with its mandate as a socially responsible corporate citizen, has implemented various programs to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 specially to the poorest of the poor within the community, including safety measures that has been implemented for its stakeholders and employees.
One of the initiatives implemented by PPMC was focused on helping the five (5) peninsular barangays of the Poro Point Freeport Zone: Barangays Poro, San Agustin, San Francisco, Canaoay and San Vicente. Voluntary contributions were made by the PPMC Board, Officers and employees wherein a total of Php74,000.00 was raised. PPMC donated the same amount of Php74,000.00 as its counterpart assistance for the said barangays. The total amount of Php148,000.00 was equally divided and distributed to the said five barangays on May 8 and 11, 2020. The said donation was received by their respective barangay officials.
As for the PPMC’s rank and file, PPMC has ensured the health and safety of its employees. An alternative work arrangement such as work from home and skeleton workforce were implemented during the ECQ and GCQ. Issuances regarding COVID-19 from various government agencies were disseminated to all PPMC employees. Disinfections and decontaminations of PPMC Buildings, including the San Fernando Airport were undertaken. PPMC also provided infrared thermometer, alcohol and water and soap at strategic locations within PPFZ. It likewise assisted employees in availing loans via electronic means. Financial assistance was granted and given to ten (10) janitors/messengers, who were under contracted services; and twelve (12) project-based grass cutters whose work were suspended due the ECQ. PPMC is in the process of reconfiguring the office lay-out at the PPMC Admin Building, Security Office and Airport Terminal Building to ensure observance of physical distancing, thus, safeguarding the employees and stakeholders in accordance with the Bayanihan Heal as One Act.
Other measures for the benefit of PPMC employees and its stakeholders are about to be implemented and as always, the public will be appraised about them from time to time.
The Poro Point Freeport Zone used to house the former Wallace Air Station. The enactment of Republic Act 7227 (Bases Conversion and Development Act) on March 19, 1992 and Proclamation No. 216 on July 27, 1993 effectively transferred the stewardship of the Freeport to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to facilitate its conversion into a productive economic growth center.
Gov. Joaquin L. Ortega Ave. (Formerly Pennsylvania Ave.) San Fernando City 2500, La Union Philippines