EDC distributes relief goods to Mayon evacuees in Albay

Turn over of 510 food packs and drinking water to the Municipality of Camalig. EDC Bacman employee volunteers join the Corporate Relations team as Mayor Caloy Baldo (center) receives the goods.

First Gen-owned Energy Development Corporation (EDC), the country’s leading geothermal producer, donated thousands of food packs and drinking water to Mayon-affected families in evacuation centers in  Albay.


A total of 2,500 pieces of 20-liter drinking water with refills and food packs, containing rice, canned goods, coffee, powdered milk, instant noodles, soap, and detergent were turned over to Camalig Mayor Caloy Baldo and Albay Provincial Governor Edcel Greco Lagman by the EDC Bacon-Manito (Bacman) team. More than 600 packs of diapers were also distributed for the affected children.


Mayor Baldo and Governor Lagman expressed their gratitude for the food assistance extended by EDC.


EDC employees volunteered and personally distributed the food packs and gallons of water to evacuees in Anoling Elementary School and Bariw Elementary School.


Eduardo Jimenez, EDC Bacman Corporate Relations Department (CRD) Head, led the turnover of donations and highlighted employee volunteerism in the organization during the relief operations. “It is very important that affected families and those in the evacuation centers have access to clean drinking water, and sufficient food supply. Our employees have gathered together and volunteered to visit the evacuation centers to distribute the goods and talk to them,” Jimenez said.


He added that aside from the basic needs, evacuees also need emotional support to ease their anxieties with the situation.


“Your EDC Kapamilya is always ready to support and assist our government units, as well as provide relief goods to augment the assistance from the government, private groups, and other organizations,” he added.


EDC’s partnership with the Camalig LGU and Albay Province was intensified and strengthened during the tragic Cessna incident search and retrieval operations early this year. It was Alert Level 2 then, but for humanitarian reasons, the Albay Province permitted EDC to continue with the search and retrieval operations. The Camalig Mayor, as the Incident Commander together with the Albay Provincial Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) also showed undeniable support and directly worked with the team during those challenging times.


“This donation of relief goods, at the very least, is also EDC’s way of giving back to our stakeholders, our way of thanking them, and showing them that in times of need and distress, EDC can also be relied on,” Jimenez asserted.

EDC Bacman employee volunteers hand over the food packs to some of the evacuees at Bariw Elementary School.

Bacman Corporate Relations Head Eduardo Jimenez checking-in with the evacuees at Bariw Elementary School, Municipality of Camalig. Expecting that the unrest will continue on for three more months, the evacuees brace for more days away from their homes.
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EDC turned over 1,500 clean drinking water and food packs to the Provincial Government of Albay that were personally received by Governor Lagman. Each pack contains rice, instant noodles, canned goods, milk and detergent.

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.