Manila Electric Company reaffirmed its commitment to support the recovery of local hotel operators as they bounce back from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The power distributor, which has long been a partner of the Philippine Hotel Owners Association, pledged in a webinar to continue providing stable and reliable electricity service and energy solutions befitting the needs of the industry moving forward.
The pandemic, at its peak in 2020, led to temporary closure of businesses and loss of income for the hospitality industry. Despite the challenges, the industry supported the government in its fight against the pandemic.
“For the past two years, our customers from the hotel industry were among the hardest hit with the sudden decline in occupancy. Their facilities were used for quarantine, requiring them to operate as quasi-hospitals and to strictly implement health and safety protocols while providing utmost care to travelers that had to be accommodated,” said Meralco vice president and head of enterprise and national government Ma. Cecilia Domingo.
PHOA executive director Benito Bengzon Jr. said Meralco played a vital role in helping members deliver on their commitments with energy-saving measures, such as contract rightsizing and temporary waiving of the guaranteed minimum billing demand.