THE VILLAR group launched its vaccination program called VHealthy, which covers educational campaigns on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) safety protocols and the significance of getting vaccinated against the virus.

“We are committed to inform and to engage our employees on the benefits of the vaccine, and to create a healthy and safe workplace for them and our clients,” Manuel Paolo Villar, president and chief operating officer of Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. (VLL), said in a statement on Monday.

The VHealthy program includes webinars featuring resource speakers from related organizations and other health experts.

The group said it ordered vaccines for its employees from United States’ Moderna and British firm AstraZeneca, Plc. The vaccination program will cover all of its employees and workers across the country.

It is also planning to allow employees to access vaccines for their families and household members.

“Ensuring the health and safety of our employees is our top priority. The vaccine will not only help build immunity from the virus, but will also help boost consumer confidence to go out again. Hence, the vaccine will not only save lives, but jobs and businesses, as well,” VLL Chairman Manuel B. Villar, Jr. said.

The group said it offered free COVID-19 testing for its employees when the initial lockdown restrictions were lifted last year, which prompted the resumption of office work. The group provided shuttle services to employees as well. Workplaces and sites were disinfected.

COVID-19 tests are still being offered to employees depending on their exposure to someone found to be infected with the virus. Offices are still being regularly disinfected, while shuttle services remain.

“It is by helping each other during this time that we can start our journey to economic recovery,” the VLL chairman said.

Some of the company’s forum halls were converted into COVID-19 facilities to assist the government in its efforts on mitigating the pandemic. It also installed public handwashing stations. Several donations were also given to hospitals and frontliners.

VLL shares at the stock market went up by 0.27% or P0.01 to close at P3.75. — Keren Concepcion G. Valmonte