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COVID-19 Impact to Fastech: What To Expect In 2021

November 09, 2020

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Fastech Reaffirms its Robust Production Supply Chain

June 16, 2020

    As COVID-19 spread throughout the world, its impact came

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Fastech Reaffirms its Robust Production Supply Chain

June 16, 2020

 

 

As COVID-19 spread throughout the world, its impact came to be felt in the Philippines, especially in March when a government-mandated quarantine was put in place. The quarantine forced many businesses to suspend operations, and others classified as export or essential services to operate with skeletal crews. Even as these restrictions came to be felt From March to May, Fastech was able to maintain at least 60% of its production output and significantly reduced any disruption on its shipments to customers, ensuring critical shipments went out on time.

 

 

Robust Supply in the middle of COVID-19 Outbreak

 

According to Fastech Managing Director Primo D. Mateo Jr., Fastech for some years had established what it calls Strategic Secure Supply Sourcing or 4S. The purpose of 4S is to ensure that at least three sources, preferably from three different countries, are available for raw materials that Fastech identified to be critical.

 

“This strategy was tested and proved to be effective during this time of COVID-19 outbreak. Fastech is happy to report that no material supply interruption and minimal disruptions of regular operations were experienced during this time,” he said.

 

Workplace Safety and Infection Prevention Standards

 

A lot of hard work was done to put together the workplace safety measures at Fastech in response to the danger of infection from COVID-19.

 

Early on before the quarantine took effect, Mr. Mateo said Fastech put preventative measures in place to ensure the health and safety of its employees in their work areas. Personal hygiene was emphasized as the company raised the awareness of everyone on proper handwashing, installing hand sanitizers around the factory, mandating the use of facemasks, and deploying additional cleaners to carry out disinfection of high traffic areas and surfaces such as handrails, doorknobs, the cafeteria and toilets areas. Additionally, temperature check became mandatory for everyone entering the Fastech facility.

 

When the government lockdown order was implemented last March 15, Fastech took the unprecedented move to house on-site 130 volunteer employees. This allowed the company’s operations to continue, albeit with a reduced capacity of 60%, but more importantly, this move essentially created an “isolation bubble” and enhanced the protection of its employees from potential COVID-19 contact.

 

Gradually, Fastech moved from swift planning and decision making to a more deliberate approach as it took a long-term view in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The management identified and implemented measures in the areas of infrastructure and engineering intervention, heightened campaign on employee awareness on best practices, administrative and protocol guidelines, and the use of IT and digital technology.

 

Moreover, Fastech partnered with 101 Health Research, a team of public healthcare professionals, researchers, and statisticians whom the management team consulted and worked with to design a company-specific COVID-19 management system.  This ensured that a high standard scientific-based set of measures was implemented to best protect Fastech employees against the risks of COVID-19. These encompassed a system for monitoring, testing, contact tracing, and case management of suspected and positively identified COVID-19 persons. A key feature of this system is the daily declaration form that every employee submits electronically through a web portal via their mobile phones. Using the form data, the management can model and identify for example who among its employees are in contact most to other employees thus allowing Fastech to put mitigating measures. This information also helps the management to speed up contact tracing in the event that a suspected or positive COVID-19 employee is identified. Part of the system’s objective is to be able to identify employees who are at high risk, and also to be able to identify groups of employees who will be asked to undergo surveillance testing as part of our continuing and precautionary measures in combating COVID 19.