The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corporation’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Group, in collaboration with the Gender and Development Focal Point System (GAD-FPS), conducted on 22 April 2017 its first medical mission for CY 2017. Nearly 600 residents of Barangay Malaya in Pililla, Rizal availed of the free medical services provided by the Corporation at the Ynares Multi-Purpose Covered Court. PSALM employees assisted the volunteer doctors and nurses of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Reserve Command in performing medical procedures ranging from tooth extraction, optical examination, urinalysis, pediatric consultations to circumcision for young males. The doctors also gave prescription medicines and eyeglasses for free to patients, many of whom have limited access to healthcare.
For the past four years, PSALM has been conducting medical missions in the host communities of its power generation assets. Pililla is the host of the Corporation’s 650 MW Malaya Thermal Power Plant (MTPP) which continues to operate as must-run unit (MRU), until its privatization later this year, to address power supply deficiencies caused by the sudden unavailability of any of the power plants in the grid. Host communities of PSALM’s power plants in Estancia, Iloilo and Ilijan, Batangas also received PSALM’s free medical services in 2014 and 2016, respectively.
The AFP Reserve Command has been a partner of PSALM in several health outreach programs. According to Lt. Col. Joselito Vital, Commander of the Headquarters of the Support Group of the Civil-Military First Brigade of the AFP Reserve Command, “Basically, it’s more of what you call civil military operations which is our mandate as reserve officers. This one entails engaging with government agencies, with the community per se, doing activities, not only medical missions.”
Many PSALM employees have become regular volunteers since PSALM started conducting medical missions in 2013. For Ms. Elma Uy from the Administrative and General Services Division of PSALM, this activity is an opportunity for her to give something to the underprivileged. “Although I can only serve in the logistical preparation to make the medical mission possible, I feel fulfilled seeing poor parents bring their children to medical check-ups or the elderly being given free dental services. My heart breaks each time I see people lining up for these very basic services,” she said. Ms. Uy has been a volunteer for the last three medical missions.
The annual medical mission is just one of PSALM’s several programs and activities aimed at fulfilling its commitment in the sustainable development of underserved or marginalized sectors and inculcating the importance of corporate social responsibility and gender and development initiatives in its business with stakeholders. Other CSR and GAD activities include computer transfers to public schools, tree planting, blood-letting drives and campaigns against the perpetuation of violence against women and children.Back