DepEd supports GeoSkwela project of EDC

Grade 6 students from Tongonan (Kananga) Elementary School reading the GeoSkwela booklets distributed by EDC. About 1,000 students from Grade 6, 9, and 11 currently enrolled in 9 schools of Ormoc City and Kananga will benefit from the GeoSkwela project of the renewable energy leader.

The Department of Education (DepEd) Ormoc City and Kananga Divisions is fully supporting the GeoSkwela project of  First Gen-owned renewable energy leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC), which aims to provide more valuable information on the importance of renewable energy to K12 students.


DepEd Schools Division Superintendent of Leyte Dr. Mariza Magan, Ed.DCESO V lauded EDC for the GeoSkwela project that was formally launched  on Friday at the PARES Function Hall, Ormoc City.


“EDC has been our partner in education since I joined DepEd years back. I really appreciate the undertaking of EDC to ensure environmental stewardship perfectly aligns with DepEd’s vision of caring for the environment.”


Dubbed as GeoSkwela, the online platform is a supplementary learning website that seeks to help teachers discuss difficult Science topics such as energy transformation, sources, generation, transmission, and distribution, as well as the environmental impacts of energy generation.


“EDC officially launched the GeoSkwela learning management system (LMS) portal and conducted a one-day training on its use and features, with the help of our resource speakers from the Knowledge Community. Through this site, the teachers can download reference materials, sample quizzes, experiments, and other activities that will help them comprehensively explain what energy is, how it works, and what its effects on the environment are,” explained Erwin Magallanes, Head of EDC’s Corporate Relations Department in Leyte.


He added that the site may help teachers create lesson plans for both face-to-face and online learning classes. “The contents of the online platform are aligned with the Science Curriculum of the Department of Education (DepEd) for Grades 6, 9, and 11,” Magallanes emphasized.


Aside from the GeoSkwela site, EDC also prepared printed materials or visual aids like booklets that were distributed to nine schools in the DepEd Division of Ormoc City and Kananga. The beneficiary schools include Tongonan in both divisions , Milagro, Lim-ao, Lake Danao, Cabintan Elementary Schools, and Pedro D Banez, Cabintan and Lim-ao National High Schools.


Magallanes expressed his appreciation for the support of the DepEd in EDC’s advocacy. “We are grateful for the full support and commitment of the education department from the two divisions that we have been working with including our other CSR programs not only for SIKAT education activities but also for environment-related initiatives.”


“We also understand the challenge of Internet connectivity in some schools, this is why we also prepared booklets with five modules per grade level. These good-quality booklets are meant to be used by the students enrolled in the current school year and by the next batch of enrollees,” said Magallanes.


The launch event likewise emphasizes the importance of becoming regenerative by striving to do more good for the planet and society, which is what EDC’s revitalized mission to forge collaborative pathways for a decarbonized and regenerative future is all about.


For EDC, being sustainable means doing less harm to our planet, while being regenerative means restoring it and making it better. The company believes that inspiring the youth to move forward and go beyond sustainability for a livable planet and a better tomorrow must start today.

More than 30 teachers, school heads, principals, district supervisors attended the official launch of the GeoSkwela learning management system (LMS) portal and booklets together with (seated left to right) Division Superintendents from Ormoc Division Dr. Carmelino P. Bernadas, PHD CESO V, Leyte Division Dr. Mariza S. Magan, ED.D., CESO V, EDC Leyte facility head Andy Durog, EDC Leyte Corporate Relations head Erwin Magallanes, and training partners from the Knowledge Community, Cecilia Ubarra and Charina Ubarra.

EDC is First Gen Corporation’s 100 percent renewable energy subsidiary with over 1,480MW total installed capacity that accounts for 20 percent of the country’s total installed renewable energy capacity. Its almost 1,200MW geothermal portfolio comprises 62 percent of the country’s total installed geothermal capacity and has put the Philippines on the map as the 3rd largest geothermal producer in the world.