Ayala Group’s COVID-19 response receives Gold Quill

MANILA, June 30, 2021 – Ayala Group of Companies’ holistic COVID-19 response receives an Award of Merit from the 2021 Gold Quill Awards of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).  

Ayala is the only Philippine business group to be recognized in the awards’ Response & Recovery Management and Communication category for assisting its ecosystem of employees, partners, customers, and the broader population in withstanding the impact of COVID-19.  

As of May 2021, the Ayala Group has allocated over P16 billion in various COVID-19 response initiatives.  

On the healthcare front, Ayala partnered with government in increasing its testing capacity by building laboratories and testing booths, donating RT-PCR machines and medical supplies to various local government units. Along with partners in the private sector, it also converted the World Trade Center into a mega isolation facility last year. Under different tripartite agreements, Ayala has allocated 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for its employees and stakeholders.  Once the vaccines arrive, AC Health will administer them in 24 vaccination sites nationwide.

Last July 25, 2020, the Ayala Group led by its Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and President and CEO Fernando Zobel de Ayala, welcomed DOH Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, DND Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, IATF Chief Implementer Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., IATF Chief Treatment Czar Usec. Bong Vega, Laguna Gov. Ramil Hernandez, and Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe of the WHO to Qualimed Sta. Rosa for a tour of the hospital and a discussion of Ayala’s COVID-related initiatives and various collaboration efforts with the government.

On the economic front, Ayala Group maintained wage continuance for its employees during the toughest months of the lockdown. Ayala Land’s rent condonation assisted merchants to sustain their operations in the malls. Moreover, with Caritas Manila and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), the group convened a private sector-led consortium and raised P1.7 billion to purchase and distribute grocery vouchers and in-kind donation, benefitting 14 million individuals in the most vulnerable barangays of Greater Manila Area. Amidst the pandemic, the Ayala Group continues to attract foreign and local investments into the country through various capital-raising exercises.

“We truly appreciate this recognition for our COVID-response initiatives. We owe this feat to the strength of the Ayala community, where employees and leaders work together with our various stakeholders to bring to life our commitment to nation-building and continue to improve people’s lives despite the deep impact of the pandemic,” said Chief Human Resources Officer John Philip Orbeta.    

See IABC website for complete list of the 2021 Gold Quill Award Winners –https://gq.iabc.com/Home/2021-Gold-Quill-Awards-Excellence-And-Merit-Winners.


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Ayala Corporation

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Ayala begins employee vaccination via LGUs; will administer 1M doses in 2021

Ayala’s employees in the A4 vaccination category get their first jab of COVID-19  vaccine at UP–Ayala Land TechnoHub, the first of the four vaccination sites that Ayala is opening  with LGUs from June 14-30 to help ramp up the country’s vaccination program. This year, Ayala  targets to administer 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. 

MANILA, June 17, 2021 – Over 2,000 employees of the Ayala Group of Companies who belong to  the A4 (economic frontliners) category have begun receiving jabs of the COVID-19 vaccine on  June 14 at the UP-Ayala Land TechnoHub in partnership with the Quezon City LGU. This is Ayala’s  first vaccination site out of 24 sites around the country.  

In the coming days, Ayala’s medical arm, AC Health, in partnership with various LGUs will  continue to administer jabs to Ayala’s A4 employees in vaccination sites in Makati Stock Exchange  in Makati City, BGC Parkade 3 in Taguig City, and Ayala Malls Manila Bay in Paranaque.    

AC Health President and CEO Paolo Borromeo said, “As our public health experts have always  advised, our goal as a country should be to vaccinate as many people as we can, as quickly as we  can. We greatly encourage our employees to be vaccinated for their protection, as well as for the  protection of their families, colleagues, and communities. In doing so, we will help drive our  country’s economic recovery safely and responsibly. For our part, our goal at AC Health is to  administer 1Mn doses in 2021 for the Ayala Group and our external partners.”  

Earlier this year, Ayala launched the Ayala Vaccine and Immunization Program (AVIP), following  its order of 1 million vaccine doses, expected to arrive in tranches beginning this month.    

Ayala created the AVIP for thousands of its employees (direct and outsourced),  retirees, registered employee dependents, household staff and partners to encourage and  facilitate their vaccination. AVIP also allows registered participants to have one-year access to  unlimited medical consultation as well as health monitoring in AC Health’s network of clinics and  hospitals nationwide.  

“Since the onset of the pandemic, Ayala has been committed to protecting its employees. Apart  from ensuring financial security through wage continuance, we also provided COVID-19 testing  for our customer-facing employees. We also expanded our capacity in our Qualimed COVID referral hospitals in Laguna and Bulacan to ensure that we could accommodate employees with  severe symptoms. Through AVIP, we hope to give our employees and their loved ones additional  protection from COVID-19 at the workplace and in their homes,” said Ayala Chief Human  Resource Officer John Philip Orbeta.  

More than a year into the pandemic, the Ayala group remains steadfast in bolstering the national  and local governments’ efforts to defeat COVID-19. Ayala capitalizes on its diverse business units  to address both health and economic challenges. From ensuring the financial security and safety  of its employees at the onset of the pandemic to building and capacitating key healthcare  infrastructure nationwide, Ayala continues to respond to the needs of its various stakeholders 

and the broader population. As of May 15, 2021, Ayala has allocated close to P16 billion in various  pandemic-related initiatives.  

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Ayala Corporation 
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