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Saturday, October 27, 2018

EDC’s Boracay Wetland Conservation Park showcased on Boracay’s reopening

Malay, Aklan — Hundred of visitors celebrated the inauguration of Boracay Wetland Conservation Park (BWCP) on Friday, during the official reopening of Boracay to the public. Guests enjoyed a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guided trail walks with wetland volunteers, wetland and wildlife viewing, and tree planting of some critically endangered native trees.

Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) adopted 7.79-hectare conservation park is now open to the public. The site located in Brgy. Balabag, just southwest of Diniwid beach, is one of Boracay’s nine identified wetlands by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) . The BWCP or wetland no. 2 – a brackish water swamp turned construction dump over the years – is now converted into a conservation park which features a 2-story deck for bird watching and pathways that goes around the area showcasing native trees with identifications and pictures to educate visitors.

Visitors can explore the nature trails, commune with nature from the scenic lookout deck and delight in searching for local and migratory birds. The area is also rich with rare plants including nine threatened species like Sander’s Alocasia, Narra, Ipil, Kubi, Antipolo, Isis, Sakat, Balakat and Bakauan gubat. These are listed under the DAO/IUCN Red list as VU – Vulnerable, EN – endangered and CR – critically endangered.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, EDC Head of Finance Nestor Vasay, emphasized the importance of having access to nature close to home and thanked everyone who has helped make this conservation park a reality, from local workers and members of the community to EDC and DENR staff and volunteers.

“It’s places like this that help us all understand the fragility of nature,” Vasay said, “and how important it is for all of us to work together so that it will sustain us and our family in the future.”

“Our partnership with DENR for 3 years will be in 3 phases. Phase 1 which we started after the MOA signing earlier in August this year, included a comprehensive assessment report on wetland no. 2 to identify the flora and fauna and better determine the rehabilitation that will be done on the area,” Vasay added. “Last month, we started cleaning the area which has become a dump site of construction materials by the island. We installed pathways and a view deck for bird watching. Phase 2 & 3 of the project will include a boardwalk and visitor info center which we will see through in the 3 years of partnership with DENR.”

Envisioned as a very important tourist attraction in Boracay, the BWCP is planned out to be constructed with facilities for locals and tourists to visit and appreciate nature up close.

BINHI: The greening Legacy

BWCP is part of EDC’s BINHI project — a nationwide greening program of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC). Its aim is to restore denuded forests, preserve and propagate threatened native tree species, and protect biodiversity to leave a legacy of a verdant Philippines for the next generation.

“The trees that are planted in BWCP are clustered into families and there will be 29 species of trees that can be seen here, 21 of which are part of the 96 threatened species that EDC BINHI rescued from extinction and is propagating in our state-of-the-art automated nurseries in Antipolo, Rizal and Negros Oriental,” said Atty. Allan Barcena, head of Watershed and CSR Department if EDC. “By planting these tree seedlings now, we hope in a few years time, Boracay will not only boast of its clean waters and crystal white sands but will also show off their native tree arboretum which can become an added source of pride by the community,” Barcena

Now on its tenth year, the BINHI program has reforested 9,196 hectares across EDC’s geothermal sites located in Leyte, Bicol, Negros Oriental and North Cotabato. To help propagate these native tree species, BINHI now has 162 partners across 16 regions. EDC is the largest diversified renewable energy firm in the country, with installed total capacity of 1,456.8 MW of purely renewable energy.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Teach for the Philippines partners with EDC, Sorsogon City LGU, and DepEd to send teacher fellows in local school

Teach for the Philippines, Inc. (TFP), a non-government organization (NGO) that focuses making a positive impact in the public education system, has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Sorsogon City LGU, Department of Education (DepEd) Sorsogon City, and geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) to send teacher fellows to a local school in Sorsogon City. This marks TFP’s first teacher fellows in the Bicol Region.

 

Under the MOA, TFP will choose the teacher fellows to be assigned in public schools in Sorsogon City, in coordination with DepEd Sorsogon City. DepEd Sorsogon City will select the public schools where the teacher fellows will be assigned, and it will monitor and evaluate the teacher fellows’ performance. The teacher fellows have been assigned to Pumurayan Integrated School, a K-12 School in Brgy. Pumurayan.

 

EDC, on the other hand, will provide financial assistance pertinent to the expenses and needs of the teacher fellows.

 

The partnership was made official during a MOA signing ceremony at Pumurayan Integrated School held last August 28th.

 

EDC has supported education programs in the local community through school supplies distributions to students and financial scholarships for top-performing students in its partner schools in Sorsogon City and Manito, Albay. Moreover, these top-performing students receive assistance for their college entrance exams and financial assistance in the tertiary education through the CAREERS program.

 

TFP sends teacher fellows to different local public schools to become teachers for two years, while providing them with appropriate training and teaching materials that will help improve instruction in public schools.

 

EDC is the world’s largest vertically integrated geothermal company and the only diversified renewable energy firm in the Philippines, with a total installed capacity of 1,456.8 MW of purely renewable energy. It operates the 140-MW Bacman Geothermal Power Plant located in Manito, Albay and Sorsogon City.

INVESTING IN FUTURE GENERATIONS. Representatives from Teach for the Philippines, Inc. (TFP), Energy Development Corporation (EDC), Sorsogon City LGU, and the Department of Education (DepEd) Sorsogon sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on August 28 to send three (3) TFP teacher fellows to Pumurayan Integrated School in Brgy. Pumurayan, Sorsogon City. The teacher fellows will teach local public school students for two (2) years. Present during the signing were the following (left to right): Engr. Liberato S. Virata, EDC Bacman Geothermal Business Unit Vice President for Projects and Resource Exploration; Arles A. Janaban, Brgy. Captain of Brgy. Pumurayan; Margarita Delgado, TFP Vice Chairman; Nestor S. Vasay, EDC Chief Finance Officer; Sally A. Lee, Sorsogon City Mayor; Atty. Allan V. Barcena, EDC Senior Manager; Dr. Nympha Guemo, DepEd Sorsogon City Schools Division Superintendent; and Edgardo J. Bungcag, Pumurayan Integrated School Principal.

Friday, August 24, 2018

EDC and ADI commits to save threatened native tree species


COMMITTED TO SAVE THREATENED NATIVE TREE SPECIES. Semiconductor company Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) have partnered to protect and propagate threatened native trees under EDC’s BINHI program. Seedlings of rare threatened native tree seedlings were planted in ADI’s General Trias site to allow them to grow into mother trees in a safe space. The BINHI program aims to preserve and propagate premium threatened native tree species. (Clockwise from top left): ADI and EDC representatives make the partnership official; ADI management team and EDC representatives pose for a photo after the first seedling has been planted; ADI employees gamely volunteered to plant seedlings to ensure these native trees grow into maturity.