The Podium

Working Through the Pandemic

by West Dionisio

This pandemic has tested our ability to rise above challenges, and do things we never thought we were capable of doing. It has drastically changed the way we work as we now wear face masks, face shields, and gloves. We are now surrounded by dividers and disinfecting machines. We are filled with fear and anxiety.  

In this new normal, safety has taken on new layers of meaning — washing our hands, observing the prescribed health protocols, and monitoring the number of new infections. Looking after everyone’s safety has become even more essential and being safe has been everyone’s priority. We have learned to adapt the work-from-home setup and carry out virtual meetings, which sometimes can be overwhelming and challenging.

Despite all the challenges we face, we were able to perform our jobs and still managed to deliver the results expected from us. We have stepped up to provide the service that our customers, internal and external, deserve. Our operations continue to run and our projects are on track. We remain aggressive in pursuing improvements that will bring delight to our customers and contribute to nation building. 

And now we ask ourselves, “How did we make it through?” My answer, of course, is this: “Kasi NLEX tayo!” Each of us is committed to doing our tasks to the best of our abilities. We love what we do and that enables us to go beyond what is required of us.  We always strive for excellence and it is only made possible because we acknowledge that each of us has a role to perform. Walang maliit o malaking trabaho, lahat ay importante. This makes us excel because we know that we cannot do it on our own. Thus, we help each other and make each other shine. We are inspired to see that our tasks are accomplished, our co-employees succeed in their projects and our customers are happy.

Our love and commitment to our jobs did not waver. There might be challenges along the way, but the desire in our hearts to do everything we can to help our company far exceeds those difficulties. I won’t be surprised if sooner or later, NLEX will bounce back as a stronger organization after this global health crisis.


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