BATANGAS CITY, April 7 (PIA) -Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC)-Tabangao Refinery turned over 340 Ultitec-4000 HAZMAT suits for the COVID-19 frontliners of Batangas Medical Center last April 3, 2020.
Said suits will serve as Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) of frontliners to prevent them from being infected with coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 as they tend to COVID-19 infected patients in the hospital.
Tabangao Refinery General Manager Jan Peter Groot-Wassink, spearheaded the turnover along with Tabangao Refinery personnel External Relations Manager Darlito Guamos, and Health Manager for Operations Myra Anico.
BatMC was represented by Dr. Maritess Teresita Torio-Chief Medical Professional Staff II, Helen Villena- Supervising Property Officer and Josie Manalo-Finance Officer.
Groot-Wassink, said the HAZMAT suits donation were part of the remaining stocks stored at the refinery warehouse that was shutdown. These suits were considered an outstanding barrier against biological hazards and suitable for H1N1 Influenza management, Ebola Virus and COVID-19 disease control.
Dr. Torio said PSPC's donation was very timely since the hospital is running out of PPE's and they are having a hard time sourcing it.
"These suits were a big blessing to our frontliners since we can't find any supplier considering the urgency of our need. This is such a big help and we thanked the management of PSPC for this," Torio said.
She added that BatMC was recently declared by DOH as one of COVID-19 laboratories with Stage 1 capacity.
BatMC is Tabangao Refinery's partner in Social Investment Programs, particularly on medical and dental missions. It is a Level III Department of Health government hospital that provides health services not only to Batanguenos but also to other residents from Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Quezon. It also caters to other patients from nearby provinces like Mindoro and Romblon.
Aside from BatMC, Shell also donated HAZMAT suits to Harbor Pilot Association of Batangas for the use as a precaution for COVID-19 when boarding foreign vessels at Batangas Port.
The said oil firm is currently supporting the skeletal manpower of its contractor with free transportation to and from work. (BHABY P. DE CASTRO-PIA Batangas with reports from PSPC)