October 20, 2022
Geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is honoring its long-term partner, Ormoc City, on the diamond jubilee celebration of its Charter Day through a revitalized Geo 24/7 exhibit that it will open today in the historical Ormoc City museum.
The permanent exhibition highlights EDC’s Leyte geothermal power complex located between Ormoc City and the Municipality of Kananga, home to the largest wet steamfield and one of the biggest geothermal plants in the world. The installation was named Geo 24/7, EDC’s own brand of geothermal energy that has been providing the country that much-needed clean, low-carbon power 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round.
It likewise underscores its Leyte facilities’ role in helping EDC fulfill its revitalized mission to forge collaborative pathways for a decarbonized and regenerative future.
This mission of EDC calls for the company to go beyond doing less harm and focus on working with others to do more good and elevate everything it touches–be it the environment, its power customers, communities, co-creators that include its employees, contractors, suppliers, and its investors.
The event was led by 4th District Representative Richard Gomez, Ormoc City Mayor Lucy Torres-Gomez, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Lalaine Marcos, EDC Deputy Chief Operating Officer Jerome Cainglet, EDC Corporate Support Functions Head Regina Victoria Pascual, and EDC Corporate Relations & Communications Head Atty. Allan V. Barcena.
“Today is a great day to celebrate EDC’s almost 40-year partnership with the beautiful and resilient City of Ormoc as it celebrates its landmark 75th Charter Day,” Barcena said in his message during the ceremony.
“We are thankful to Mayor Lucy Torres-Gomez and Congressman Richard Gomez for including EDC in this laudable Ormoc City Museum that showcases the best of Ormoc in art form and recognizes our company’s role in the city’s history and progress,” added Barcena.
The exhibit made use of actual artifacts from EDC’s Leyte facility, such as the turbine that was used to generate power from its first-ever 3MW pilot Tongonan geothermal power plant almost 40 years ago. It likewise features a huge scale model of the same power plant that is bound to create more interest in how geothermal works from museum visitors.
“Through this exhibit, we hope to instill pride among Ormocanons, not only because of the benefits of geothermal energy and why we refer to it as Geo 24/7, but also because this source of indigenous, renewable energy is most abundant here in Leyte among all other parts of our country,” said Barcena.
EDC’s Leyte geothermal facility currently supplies more than 30% of the country’s installed geothermal capacity. It is also responsible for putting the Philippines on the map as the world’s 3rd largest geothermal producer and has been providing a reliable supply of clean power to the Luzon and Visayas regions for almost 40 years.##