09 January 2023
KIDAPAWAN CITY, Cotabato — The Province of Cotabato continues to reap the benefits of hosting First Gen-owned Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) geothermal plants this brand new year with the four ambulances that it has received from the company.
These four brand new Type 1 ambulances were turned over to three hospitals through the Cotabato provincial LGU. Mlang District Hospital and Dr. Amado B. Diaz Provincial Foundation Hospital each received an ambulance, while the Cotabato Provincial Hospital received 2 ambulances. The ambulances were bought using Cotabato provinces’ share of the ER 1-94 funds from EDC’s Mt. Apo Geothermal Operations.
This benefit is in compliance with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Circular No. DC2018-08-0021 that requires energy generation companies and/or energy resource developers to directly provide their Energy Regulations (ER) No. 1-94 benefits equivalent to one centavo per kilowatt-hour (P0.01/kWh) of the total electricity sales to their host communities. The Cotabato provincial government receives 30% of the ER 1-94 share allocated for host LGUs.
The high-end ambulances contain crucial equipment such as defibrillators, nebulizers, and suction machines. All four units are also capable of having a portable ventilator, which will be an added feature to the ambulances in the near future.
The recent turnover ceremony was graced by Cotabato Province Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza; Board Member Roland D. Jungco; the heads of the 3 hospitals, namely, Dr. Lilian A. Roldan of the Cotabato Provincial Hospital; Dr. Rosario Isabel P. Pader of the Dr. Amado B. Diaz PFH; Dr. Rowena C. Pascua of the Mlang District Hospital and their respective staff. EDC Mount Apo Geothermal Project’s operations head Engr. Romeo I. Kee attended the event and gave a message on behalf of EDC. The company’s Corporate Relations Team, led by Myrissa L. Tabao, was likewise present to turn over the ambulance keys to their beneficiaries.
“EDC will continue to focus its support to Cotabato Province in activities and projects that matter most. In the case of the ambulance donation, we are prioritizing the health of the Cotabateños,” said Kee.
Governor Mendoza expressed her gratitude on behalf of the province and all three hospital beneficiaries: “The Provincial Government of Cotabato benefits from Mt. Apo and EDC’s production of geothermal energy and its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Thank you for continually supporting Cotabato Province and its constituency.”
EDC is First Gen’s 100% renewable energy subsidiary that has over 1,480 MW total installed capacity and accounts for 20% of the country’s total installed RE capacity. Its 1,185.40-MW geothermal portfolio accounts for 62% of the country’s total installed geothermal capacity, making the Philippines the third largest geothermal producer in the world. First Gen is the Philippines’ leading clean energy company.