The Aboitiz Group has ramped up the vaccination of its team members, amid the surge of the highly transmissible Delta variant in the country, to fulfill its commitment to prioritize their health and safety while ensuring continued operations to keep the economy running towards a “better normal.”

Taking the lead was Aboitiz Group President and CEO Sabin M. Aboitiz who received the vaccine and urged all team members to get vaccinated through the Group’s program.

A nurse administers the vaccine to Aboitiz Group President and CEO Sabin M. Aboitiz

“The COVID-19 Delta variant remains a very real threat. In Aboitiz, our most important priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our team members. Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated so that we can all be protected together. Let’s do our part in helping our country achieve herd immunity,” said Aboitiz.

Last July 28, the Group began the initial round of vaccinations, marking the first step towards its goal to vaccinate more than 30,000 Aboitiz team members and its subcontractors nationwide.

The Group partnered with AC Health and Reliance to maximize their network of partner clinics and sites, and leverage their respective apps to streamline the vaccination process.

The vaccination site in Taguig has open ventilation, socially distanced seating, and clear markers for easy direction

Multiple vaccination hubs were set up in key cities and provinces such as Taguig, Quezon, Baguio, Batangas, Pampanga, Bicol, Cebu, Bacolod, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro to ensure that team members can be vaccinated in the areas closest to them and to reduce their risk of exposure when traveling.

Through the close collaboration between Aboitiz and AC Health and Reliance, the end-to-end process was efficient and smooth for team members.

Aboitiz Equity Ventures Vice President for Corporate Human Resources Zabs Luna-Tan Chong said “People have always been a priority in the Aboitiz Group’s pandemic response.”

AboitizPower (AP) President and CEO Emmanuel V. Rubio team members after getting their shot

She added that, “Our commitment to our people has always been evident from the very beginning and in how we handle COVID management as a whole. The way we prioritise communication has also played an important role in our response.”

Tan Chong also shared how the Group has been gearing up to respond to the current threat of the Delta variant.

“I truly believe that Aboitiz is ahead in terms of COVID management. For example, we have already formed a separate technical working group to tackle the new issues brought about by the Delta variant. With a variant that is supposedly more deadly, we need a different approach to what we are doing now,” she notd.

The Aboitiz Group bought vaccines through a tripartite agreement with the government and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines, Inc. Other subsidiaries such as Pilmico and Aboitiz Construction, Inc. (ACI) are also set to start their vaccination rollouts in the coming days, through collaborations with their respective health partners.

Source: Manila Bulletin (