MPTC shoulders vaccination need of nearly 4,000 employees

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QUEZON CITY–Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the tollways unit of the MVP Group of Companies, is providing free COVID-19 vaccines to 3,814 employees as part of its continued commitment to the health and safety of its people.

The tollway firm, along with other companies under the MVP Group, recently rolled out in its different business units the pre-registration for employees and their dependents or household companions who are interested to get vaccinated for protection against the dreaded virus. Internal information campaign which seeks to encourage vaccination has also started.

NLEX tellers serving motorists with smile. . MPTC File photo

MPTC Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan assured, “We have placed orders for vaccines from a number of foreign suppliers. These are more than sufficient to cover each and every one of our workforce. Our vaccination policy can be best described as inclusive and embracing as this includes our employees ‘immediate families and kasambahays.”

“For more than a year now, COVID-19 has been hitting hard on everyone—creating an adverse impact across the country and the world. Safeguarding the well-being of our people ensures the continuous delivery of services to our motorists. We will cover the cost of vaccine for each employee as it is our responsibility to keep our work force safe and secure,” said Rodrigo E. Franco, President and CEO of MPTC.

He added that the vaccination, which is expected to commence by the second or third quarter of the year, is also in support to the national vaccination program and will be conducted in compliance with government protocols.

Since the pandemic started, the company did not waver its support to employees. Free COVID-19 testing, telemedicine consultations, health monitoring, and temporary accommodation were provided to ensure a safe work place. To reduce their outside exposure, alternative work arrangement and door-to-door shuttling were implemented.

Face masks and face shields as well as sanitizers were also handed out with priority to those who need to regularly face motorists such as tellers, patrol crews, customer service personnel, and rescue teams.

The different expressways under the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC)—NLEX, SCTEX, CAVITEX, CALAX, and CCLEX—, have also been intensifying its COVID-19 prevention measures so both motorists and employees can be assured of their safety. They have carried out stringent disinfection for the toll booths, customer service centers, employee shuttles, construction project sites, and corporate workplaces.

Aside from these efforts, MPTC also continues to educate employees on how to protect themselves and their families. Protective curtains or transparent barriers, signs, and floor markings are installed at the toll booths and customer service centers to remind both employees and motorists of physical distancing guidelines.

“The welfare of our employees and motorists remains to be one of the company’s priorities. With pandemic or not, we are fully committed to keeping everyone healthy and safe,” Franco said.

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