Davao-based independent oil firm Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. said all its 49 stations in Davao Region are now back in operation as quarantine measures have been relaxed beginning Wednesday, July 1.
Lawyer Raymond Zorrilla, senior vice president of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc., told Edge Davao that an average volume of petroleum went down by 60 percent as against pre-COVID-19 period and the subsequent community quarantine measures imposed by the government.
According to him, out of 49 stations in the region, the company was able to keep 88 percent of the stations open, while six had to be closed.
“Currently, all our stations in the region are open and ready to serve customers with proper safety precautions in place,” he said.
Zorilla added that during the pandemic, the company has delivered 26 percent of its average volume per month during lockdown and this has increased to 70 percent after the lockdown was lifted.
Since the pandemic hit the country, Phoenix has implemented safety standards in the stations to ensure the forecourt crew, dealers, and customers are protected and safe.
“Even now that quarantine measures have been loosened, health and safety protocols are still implemented. These include the wearing of a face mask and face shield, the availability of rubbing alcohol and cash baskets, and the implementation of contactless payment, among others,” he added stressing that under the new normal, safety is king and going digital is no longer just an option but a need these days.
Fortunately, Phoenix has started the digital revolution in the company long before the pandemic hit.
“These initiatives are now bearing fruits, and example is the contactless payment option which is available in many of our stations nationwide,” he said.
To keep the safety of the employees, Zorilla said 70 percent of their workforce will be working from home until the end of the year to help stop the spread of the virus and keep everyone in the company and the communities its serve safe.
“We are glad to report that there are no positive cases reported in the company, and we are determined to keep it that way. While safety has always been a priority, it is all the more important nowadays, which is why we have implemented heightened sanitation and safety protocols not only in Davao but across all our stations in the country,” he said.
He said the same applies to Phoenix offices, as well as terminals and depots where thorough sanitation and disinfection, habitual mask-wearing, and other safety measures are observed.