EDC wins silver at the DOLE national safety and health awards

Media Release
November 29, 2022


First Gen-owned and the country’s geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) bagged the silver award for the industry category at the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) 12th Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) National Awarding Ceremonies (“Recognizing Best OSH Practices Amidst Crises”) held at the Occupational Safety and Health Center  Auditorium in Quezon City last November 23, 2022.

energy development corporation awardees at the GKK Awarding
EDC MAGP's Arnel Gamao and Jessel Pagsuguiron were recognized as silver awardees at the 12th GKK Awarding in the the individual category.

The GKK award was given to EDC’s 108-megawatt Mount Apo Geothermal Project (MAGP) for its outstanding contributions, exemplary implementation, compliance, and promotion of its occupational safety and health programs responding to the needs of workers, workplaces, and community. 


Located in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, MAGP’s Production Engineer Arnel Gamao and Health & Safety Officer Jessel Pagsuguiron also won a National Silver Award for the individual category for their continued partnership, significant accomplishments, and contributions to MAGP’s safety, health, and environment programs and initiatives. 

From left to right: EDC’s HR Service Desk Head Julio Sulit, Corporate Occupational Health Head Paolo Chavez, Environmental Management Expert Engellau Flores, Production Engineer Arnel Gamao, Health and Safety Officer Jessel Pagsuguiron, and Safety Management Officer Drigo Rizo received the company’s national occupational safety and health award from the Department of Labor and Employment at the 12th Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan Awarding Ceremony with DOLE Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma (third from the right).

“It is an honor to be recognized in the GKK’s National Safety Award anew. Safety remains as our number one priority in EDC. We will continue to develop safe and healthy working conditions for all our stakeholders in EDC’s areas of operations. That’s our commitment,” said Gamao.


Since 1991, the DOLE has been giving the GKK award in recognition of outstanding and commendable achievements of establishments and individuals in terms of responding to the safety and health needs of workers, workplaces, and the community.


Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is First Gen Corporation’s 100% RE subsidiary with over 1,480MW total installed capacity that accounts for 20% of the country’s total installed RE capacity. Its 1,188MW geothermal portfolio comprises 62% of the country’s total installed geothermal capacity and is the 3rd largest geothermal producer in the world.