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EDC puts up BINHI arboretum in Cebu City

Narra, our national tree, Mangkono, Molave, and more premium  Philippine native tree species will soon be grown and propagated in Cebu City, thanks to the BINHI arboretum of native trees that geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has recently inaugurated in the University of San Carlos (USC) campus in Talamban.

The arboretum was put up in partnership with USC and Knowles Electronics Corporation that have both committed to ensure the sustainability of this initiative in line with their dedication to environmental conservation.

BINHI is EDC’s forest restoration and biodiversity preservation program that aims to save endangered premium Philippine timber tree species by planting their seedlings in school grounds, public parks, and other areas that provide a safe haven for the long-term survival of these future mother trees.

As part of the agreement, USC’s campus in Talamban will host a permanent designated area for premium and threatened Philippine tree species, supported by planting and promotional activities as well as funding from Knowles.

EDC will provide the seedlings along with technical assistance for the protection and maintenance of the trees, including labeling and scientific monitoring. This is EDC’s 11 arboretum since 2008.

“This partnership with the University of San Carlos and Knowles Electronics is another valued synergy adding to our long list of collaborations from various sectors of business and society under BINHI,” said EDC corporate social responsibility (CSR) and public relations head Atty. Allan Barcena.

“We are heartened with these synergies because they are an important indicator of how involved and committed many Filipino stakeholders are in the quest toward sustainable progress, and how they share in our vision for a greener energy future,” he added.

In his message at the recently concluded BINHI partnership signing ceremony, Knowles’ Vice President and Managing Director Joseph Emmanuel Liwag said:  “To EDC and USC, congratulations to all of us for coming together to realize this dream of a tree sanctuary in the heart of Cebu City. With each tree that is planted and grown, may we also sow seeds of inspiration with courage in the hearts of our youth so they may continue to uphold and foster our commitment to Mother Earth.”

Cebu-based Knowles Electronics Corporation is the world’s largest manufacturer of audio-processing, and precision device solutions.  Its aim is to contribute to a better quality of life not only today but even for the future through its business and through its various CSR programs for the community and for the environment.

As of 2018, EDC’s BINHI has identified and rescued 96 species of prime and endangered Philippine hardwood. 175,685 seedlings have been raised in central and satellite nurseries, distributed and planted across 3,214 hectares with the help of its 173 partner organizations and 88 farmers associations.

EDC is a global pioneer in geothermal energy and the country’s largest renewable energy company, delivering 1,457.8MW of clean and renewable energy to the Philippines. It has been supplying clean, reliable geothermal energy to Cebu City and other parts of the country for almost 40 years.

EDC wins first CSR Guild awards’ most outstanding CSR project in environment

The Energy Development Corporation’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Atty. Allan V. Barcena (3rd from left), and Corporate Communications Specialist Frances L. Ariola (4th from left) received the company’s award for best CSR Project in environment at the 1st CSR Guild Awards. The award was given by League of Corporate Foundation (LCF) Trustee Mr. Ronnie Tapnio (extreme left), Member of the Awards Committee Ms. Pacita Fortin (2nd from left), LCF Vice-Chair Ms. Cecile Alcantara (2nd from right) and LCF Chair Mr. Mario Deriquito (extreme right).

The future has, indeed, taken root for geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) whose BINHI greening legacy program has won the best corporate social responsibility (CSR) project in environment at the League of Corporate Foundation’s 1st CSR Guild Awards.

BINHI is the first corporate-led forest restoration program that has been bridging forest gaps and bringing back to abundance our threatened Philippine native trees.

“This recognition is a big honor for us because it comes from our peers who have their own laudable CSR programs as well,” said Atty. Allan V. Barcena, head of EDC’s CSR group.

Planting trees and growing them have been an integral part of sustaining the geothermal reservoir in EDC’s geothermal reservation for over 40 years. In 2008, the company launched BINHI to expand the program by using science in planting and rescuing threatened native trees. A total of 96 threatened native tree species have been prioritized for this search and rescue program as their numbers have been dwindling, with some even believed to be extinct.

In 2017, EDC finished locating, collecting these hardwood species and began propagating them in 2018 through its Vegetative Material Reproduction (VMR) technology, which mimics our forest’s natural environment in two automated nurseries located in the company’s geothermal facility in Valencia, Negros Oriental and in Antipolo, Metro Manila. Moreover, around 9,323 hectares of forest land within and surrounding EDC project sites has been rehabilitated. This is equivalent to about 6.4 million seedlings planted all over the country in partnership with 109 farmers associations whose members are incentivized for helping EDC grow and maintain its BINHI areas.

EDC’s BINHI experience shows that, with the right combination of win-win strategies and partnerships, the triple bottom line of environmental, social, and economic transformation is attainable.

Another good example of successful strategic partnerships is the 10 Million Trees in 10 Years for a Greener Negros (10M in 10) project, one of the finalists in the 1st CSR Guild Awards’ Outstanding CSR Collaboration Project category. 10M in 10 is a movement that EDC initiated in 2015 to grow back the forests in Negros Island by planting, growing, and maintaining 10 million trees in 10 years. As of 2018, 10M in 10 has already planted over 6.2 million trees with the help of its 156 stakeholder partners.

Tenth batch of future nation builders graduate from EDC’s KEITECH school

144 student-trainees recently graduated from EDC’s KEITECH Educational Foundation, Inc., the company’s world-class technical vocational school located in Kananga, Leyte.

One hundred forty four trainees are set to fulfill their dreams after recently graduating from the KEITECH Educational Foundation, Inc. (KEITECH) Leyte Campus.

Coming from different walks of life, some trainees have worked in various fields as househelpers, construction laborers, farm laborers, sales staff (tindera/tindero) before enrolling in KEITECH. Some of them were grade 10 finishers and senior high school graduates.

Their own challenges in life became their motivation to work extra hard in their day-to-day training. They all adopted a “never give up” attitude.

KEITECH is a technical-vocational school established in 2009 by geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Its mission is to help the poorest of the poor by addressing high poverty incidence and unemployment rate in the municipality of Kananga and Ormoc City in Leyte and enabling qualified youth to acquire the top skills that are locally and globally in-demand. KEITECH has played a role that shaped not only the future of unemployed youth but also the true meaning of public-private partnership.

Perseverance leads you to success

This year’s Oscar M. Lopez Awardee Reynante C. Ylanan proved that if you persevere you will reach the success you’ve worked hard for.

The 22-year old is a son of a housewife and farm laborer and a native of Masarayao, Kananga, Leyte. He is fifth among 6 children and his family is financially challenged. His desire to help his family pushed him to persevere and get a scholarship slot.

Ylanan proved that he was worthy of the scholarship. He showed leadership skills and performed very well in his skills training. He took up Industrial Fitters, making him qualified for Scaffolding NC II, Plumbing NC II, Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II (SMAW), and Pipe Fitting NC II.

Clarity of purpose, perseverance, braveness

Commencement speaker, Ms. Ma. Elizabeth Nasol, Senior Vice President of the Human Resource Management Group of the Energy Development Corporation shared three things that her father passed on to her when she graduated from college.

One must have clarity of purpose and perseverance.

“Kung wala kang passion to do what you’re doing, you will never hit your dream. You need to have the desire to succeed, kasi kung wala kang desire to succeed, it will not be easy,” said Nasol.

She also expressed her gratitude to KEITECH for continuing its advocacy in helping locals improve their lives and their families, and contributing skilled laborers in the workforce.

Consistent quality of training

Each student receives a full scholarship and are given accommodations and meals for the duration of their training. Moreover, KEITECH’s 10-month training program is tailor-fit to the most in-demand jobs in construction, metals and engineering, and tourism and health and social services.

While it followed the prescribed curriculum of TESDA, KEITECH went one notch higher by incorporating life skills and values formation program so the trainees will acquire not just the technical skills but also the professionalism and right attitude towards work. This consists of a discipline-oriented training environment, with values development focusing on respect, honesty, teamwork, leadership, cleanliness, and others.

Now on its 10th year, KEITECH has proven its capability to produce world class laborers by maintaining a 100% passing rate in all TESDA certification exams.

About 90% of the graduates have been absorbed for employment by companies where they did their on the job training (OJT). Other industry partners have shown interest in hiring KEITECH graduates, especially those in the construction industry due to the high demand for skilled construction laborers.

Out of the 145 graduates, 12 were scholars sponsored by Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation (PASAR). The company was so satisfied with the training that their scholars got from KEITECH that they have committed to sponsor 30 more trainees this next school year.

Sixty-four trainees will be given a certification on Construction Handcraftsman, 25 on Industrial Fitters, 30 on Metals & Engineering, and 26 on Hotel & Restaurant Services Tourism. This batch will have 31 females and 114 male graduates.

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