Lopez-led geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) extended its assistance to a fourth class municipality in the province of Samar to aid them with the current crisis caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

EDC’s Leyte Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Head Erwin Magallanes said the company, led by its Crisis Management and CSR teams, have decided to provide assistance to the municipality of Tarangnan, which was identified by the Department of Health (DOH) as the most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in Eastern Visayas, with nine active cases and 14 recoveries as of 26 May 2020.

“EDC has decided to extend help to the municipality even if the location is very far from our site in Ormoc City and Kananga town. The Tarangnan town has been put on lockdown or enhanced community quarantine since 29 April 2020 to prevent the local transmission of the virus in the community. Given its minimal resources as a fourth-class municipality, the town mayor has been requesting and accepting all
kinds of help to aid his constituents,” Magallanes said.

Magallanes said it is estimated that around 500 families benefited from nearly P200,000 donation to the municipality which included some 50 sacks of rice, canned goods, and bottled water while 50 frontline workers benefited from the personal protective equipment donations such as N95 and surgical masks and tyvek suits.

“Since non-pharmaceutical measures like isolation and tightened security on borders are imposed on the town to prevent the further spread of the virus, we have asked the Philippine Army to deliver and distribute the assistance to Tarangnan on our behalf. We were informed by the Army that Tarangnan Mayor Arnel Tan and the residents of the municipality were very thankful for the donation of EDC,” Magallanes said.

EDC, together with other Lopez Group of companies and its employees, has been extending its help to the government, especially to the local communities, since the community quarantine was implemented in March following the growing numbers of Filipinos infected by COVID-19.

EDC’s Leyte geothermal facility that straddles between Ormoc City and the Municipality of Kananga currently supplies more than 30 percent of the country’s installed geothermal capacity. It is also responsible for putting EDC and the Philippines on the map as the world’s 3rd largest geothermal producer for over 40 years.