/ 17 May 2021

The number of new daily positive cases of COVID-19 continues to go down, with more recoveries as we speak. Also, more batches of vaccines continue to enter the Philippines, and being distributed as soon as possible, as we are entering the homestretch in this long war against the pandemic. With hope surging now more than ever, it is still very important to stay safe at home, as much as possible. Physical and social distancing is still a must, and it is essential to always wash your hands or use alcohol if outdoors. It is highly recommended to wear double-masks, along with the requirement of using a face-shield. Even as we eventually transition into less strict lockdown or quarantine measures, safety and health should remain a high-alert priority.

But safety does not only pertain to the medical aspect. In fact, May is also Electrical Safety Month. And thus, as with every year, Meralco supported the IIEE Electrical Safety Committee (ESC), in promoting and staging the 5th National Electrical Safety Summit (NESS) last May 12, 2021. This was in support, and in observance, of both the National Labor Day and the start of Electrical Safety Month. With the theme “202oneNESS: Continuing Collaboration of Key Stakeholders to address Electrical Safety Concerns in the Philippines”, representatives from key stakeholders in the electric power industry, both public and private, discussed and promoted their roles and initiatives in addressing electrical safety concerns in the country. Likewise, the highlight of the summit was the formal signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the IIEE and the DOLE OSHC who agreed to join hands in promoting electrical safety awareness among DOLE inspectors, safety officers, work establishments and public. Truly, electrical safety starts with all of us. So let us all be ambassadors of electrical safety.