EDC’s Leyte and Mindanao geothermal projects get DENR Seal of Approval. The Tongonan power plant and Mindanao geothermal project (MAGP) in Leyte and North Cotabato, respectively, received the Seal of Approval from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for exemplary performance in environmental management and protection.The two projects were each given the Philippine Environment Partnership Program (PEPP) Seal of Approval for Track 1 industries after passing a series of evaluation stages including validation of documentary requirements and site activities with the regional offices of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and the PEPP technical evaluation committee. According to the DENR, Track 1 industries are recognized for their initiatives that go beyond compliance, and are driven to improve their performance with competitiveness, image and supply chain requirements. The award entitles recipients to relaxed submission requirements of reports, longer validity permits, and simplified requirements in securing an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for expansion projects.The 106-MW Mindanao geothermal project is owned and operated by Energy Development Corporation (EDC) while the 112.5-MW Tongonan power plant is operated by Green Core Geothermal, Inc. (GCGI), a subsidiary of EDC. Receiving the awards are (from left to right): MAGP pollution control officer Willie Loyola, DENR EMB Director Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, DENR Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio Jr., EDC environmental manager Regina Victoria Pascual, GCGI Tongonan pollution control officer Jane Penaranda and safety officer Dominador Balagon Jr.
The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is a pioneer in generating 100% clean, renewable, and reliable power as an electricity supplier in the Philippines for over 40 years. With power plants all over Visayas and Mindanao, the company is one of the biggest producers of geothermal energy in Asia and is expanding its reach in the international market, allowing it to offer customers affordable energy rates. EDC also strives to provide the best customer service it can to all its clients by having helpful salespeople and easy to understand contracts. Because of all of this, it is poised to become the premier supplier of electricity for the Philippines’ Green Energy Option Program. EDC takes its mission as a renewable energy provider seriously and goes beyond sustainability by investing in programs that enhance the environment and empower its partner communities, thereby fostering regenerative development. The company has also been working toward being carbon-neutral by improving its energy efficiency, as well as implementing various greening projects to ensure that its mission to provide future generations with a better life remains intact.