INAEC Aviation Corporation has been awarded an honorable mention in the COVID-19 Agility & Response category of the International SOS Foundation’s 2021 Duty of Care Awards.
The award was given in recognition of INAEC’s program which demonstrated the importance of implementing protocols that protect the health and well-being of their workers. The awards, which were announced at the Duty of Care Summit, honor organizations and individuals making a significant contribution to protecting their employees, at home or away.
INAEC president Benjamin R. Lopez said: “We are honored to be recognized for our company’s COVID-19 response. While we did our best to prepare our operations when news of COVID-19 initially reached public attention in January of 2020, we did not expect just how much COVID-19 will affect our country and the world. Because the services that we do are essential, such as transporting personnel to offshore facilities so they could bring light and electricity to Luzon or performing medical evacuations, our operations were able to continue during and after the lockdown. Our COVID-19 response was aimed at ensuring that our operations remained safe and reliable during these uncertain times and, just as important, at protecting the dedicated men and women who fly our aircraft and keep our operations going. We were able to do this with the help of our medical advisers who reviewed the protocols we put in place so that they were kept updated and consistent with the latest available information regarding COVID-19.”
International SOS Foundation executive director Kai Boschmann lauded the awardees, saying: “The pandemic has brought duty of care deeper into the core of organisations and is firmly recognised as critical for sustainable and resilient businesses. We are keen to bring these examples to other organisations and drive forward standards in duty of care.”
Joe Vasquez, global accident and health senior vice president for Chubb, gold sponsor of the awards, added: “We are pleased that our honourees for the COVID-19 Agility & Response category recognised the vital importance of maintaining the safety and health of their employees in creating business resiliency. It is fitting that their efforts, and achievements, are recognised in these unprecedented times.”
The judging panel, which included internationally recognized leaders in fields related to duty of care, reviewed entries from 24 industries across 29 countries. (Story/Photos by: Maila Banaag)