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Energy Development Corporation (EDC) sent off its adopted Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), Geothermica, to Singapore last June 4th as part of the Wildlife Loan Agreement signed between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), Singapore’s leading wildlife conservation organization.

Upon arrival in Singapore, Geothermica and its potential mate, Sambisig, will be housed in the Jurong Bird Park, where the pair will be bred for the species’ preservation. Sambisig is adopted by a chemical company.

Geothermica, a 15-year-old captive male Philippine eagle, is one of the wildlife species adopted by EDC in 2012 as part of the “Adopt a Wildlife Species” (AAWS) Program of the DENR.

The adoption of Geothermica was part of EDC’s initiatives that aim to protect and preserve wildlife biodiversity. EDC also operates the 106-MW Mt. Apo Geothermal Project (MAGP) in Kidapawan, North Cotabato. Mt. Apo, the country’s tallest, is also what many Philippine eagles call home. Hence, it was prudent for EDC to help protect its endangered neighbors.

The 701-hectare protected geothermal reservation is also home to 143 species of birds, including eagles, and 41 species of mammals.

Representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Eagle Foundation, Philippine Airlines, and Energy Development Corporation gathered at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 Departure for a send-off ceremony for eagle couple Geothermica and Sambisig as they are deployed to Singapore. The two birds are to be part of the Breeding Loan Agreement of Singapore and Philippines and will be housed at Jurong Bird Park managed by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Geothermica, EDC’s adopted eagle, was awarded a ceremonial passport by the Department of Foreign Affairs. The passport acts as a facsimile that proves the eagle’s Philippine nationality.

 

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.

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