Seaoil tests its station frontliners against virus

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INDEPENDENT oil firm Seaoil Philippines, Inc. has provided coronavirus testing for frontliners of company-operated stations within so-called “red zones” of the National Capital Region and Rizal province.

“Testing our frontliners on a regular basis not only protects them, but also our valued customers who continue to gas up,” said Glenn L. Yu, Seaoil chief executive officer, in a statement on Monday.

The company said the test against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an added layer of protection that Seaoil provides for its station frontliners and customers, in addition to their personnel protective equipment (PPEs) and enhanced station safety protocols that have been adapted to new normal conditions.

“At Seaoil, we value each employee’s health and safety,” Mr. Yu said.

The oil company has also started to transition to contactless payment methods through its partnerships with GCash, PayMaya and PriceLOCQ, which it described as a revolutionary mobile app that allows customers to buy their fuels in advance while prices are low.

More than 1,200 station frontliners in red zones across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are scheduled for testing. Seaoil is assigning medical teams to designated testing centers to administer the tests.

The company targets to complete the first run of rapid testing by the end of July. Rapid testing for its frontliners will be conducted every two weeks until a vaccine becomes available, it said.