During the State of Emergency that was declared in Portugal in 2020, we did not hesitate to put our Transmontana and Beira Interior infrastructures at the disposal of all essential workers to help them fight the pandemic throughout the State of Emergency. In view of the situation we were going through, we decided to cover the costs of our tolls on those highways to help hospital and local health workers, care home workers, journalists, security and public order forces to carry on doing their jobs in their key roles to control the pandemic.
Collaboration with public administration departments
We collaborated with the cities and towns near our assets and with the corresponding public administrations, to offer them all the resources at Globalvia’s disposal. To achieve this, we channelled our support through financial donations, delivery of protective equipment and tablets and computers to facilitate communication between the sick and their relatives, and also to schools so that they could carry on with their classes on-line. We also loaned the machinery available at our Concessions to help disinfect public areas, and offered our facilities and volunteers to carry out this work.
Support for vulnerable people
At the most delicate time, the pandemic ruthlessly affected the most vulnerable groups of society. The effects of this particularly cruel side of the pandemic can still be seen in them. Therefore, we stood by them and wanted to do our bit by carrying out different social actions targeting different groups and themes: from financial donations to charities such as Cáritas, Mensajeros por la Paz and the Food Bank, who support the elderly and unemployed; while at the same time supporting nutrition and education programs for children at schools with limited resources, and women and minors suffering from domestic violence. We also banded together with a group of corporate volunteers to care for and accompany the most vulnerable groups in the local communities where we operate, helping with cleaning and disinfection work in these areas.