Receiving the PEPP award are Leonita Sabando, head of Environmental Unit and acting Pollution Control Officer for Tongonan plant (third from left) and Regina Pascual, EDC environmental head (fourth from left) . Photo shows from left to right: DENR PEPP Office Head Michiko Navaluna, ASEC Rommel Abesamis, Leonita Sabando, Regina Pascual, FASPO Director Mr. Domingo, DENR EMB Director Gilbert Gonzales, DENR ASEC Corazon Davis, EMB8 Regional Director Letecia Maceda and World Bank Senior Environmental Engineer Gerry Parco.
The 112.5-MW Tongonan geothermal power plant of Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is this year’s lone recipient of the Philippine Environment Partnership Program (PEPP) Seal of Approval given annually by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). This is the 5th time that the Tongonan plant has been recognized by the DENR for exemplary performance in environmental management and protection.
The PEPP Seal of Approval is given to industries which strive to go beyond compliance and are driven to improve their performance with competitiveness, image and supply chain requirements. Nominees undergo a rigid evaluation process that includes validation of documentary requirements and actual site inspection by the regional offices of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).
The 112.5-MW Tongonan power plant is operated by Green Core Geothermal, Inc. (GCGI), a subsidiary of EDC.
The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is a pioneer in generating 100% clean, renewable, and reliable power as an electricity supplier in the Philippines for over 40 years. With power plants all over Visayas and Mindanao, the company is one of the biggest producers of geothermal energy in Asia and is expanding its reach in the international market, allowing it to offer customers affordable energy rates. EDC also strives to provide the best customer service it can to all its clients by having helpful salespeople and easy to understand contracts. Because of all of this, it is poised to become the premier supplier of electricity for the Philippines’ Green Energy Option Program. EDC takes its mission as a renewable energy provider seriously and goes beyond sustainability by investing in programs that enhance the environment and empower its partner communities, thereby fostering regenerative development. The company has also been working toward being carbon-neutral by improving its energy efficiency, as well as implementing various greening projects to ensure that its mission to provide future generations with a better life remains intact.