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.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

EDC adopts Boracay wetland to support DENR island rehabilitation

Geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) supports the government’s efforts to rehabilitate Boracay island and restore its natural resources through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.


Last August 13, 2018, the DENR entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with its corporate partners, including EDC, in its Central Office along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City.


Under the agreement, EDC, through BINHI, its flagship environmental program, has committed to adopt wetland number 2, a 7.79-hectare area in Brgy. Balabag where only native trees will be planted and grown. Moreover, an arboretum of native trees will be put up. EDC plans to build an information center for visitors of the wetland and a bird watch platform to allow visitors to view the birds and bats that have been sighted in the area. These initiatives contribute to DENR’s various efforts to clean up and rehabilitate Boracay island, which has been closed to the public since April this year. EDC and DENR’s partnership for the wetland will run for 3 years.


Under BINHI, EDC has undertaken the task of propagating 96 priority threatened native species. Foresters of the BINHI program have successfully located samples of these species in the wild. These samples were collected and are currently being propagated in EDC’s state-of-the-art automated nurseries in Antipolo and Negros Oriental.


“The 96 native tree species have become increasingly rare, some were even last seen in 1911. Hence, they were believed to be already extinct. Through our BINHI team’s hard work, these 96 species were found, and we are now working towards propagating these. This partnership with the DENR is another way for us to increase the numbers of these tree species and restore the nature of Boracay,” EDC President and Chief Operating Officer Richard Tantoco said.


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 one of the world’s largest vertically integrated geothermal companies and the only diversified renewable energy firm in the country, with an installed total capacity of 1,456.8 MW of purely renewable energy.

RESTORING BORACAY’S WETLANDS. Energy Development Corporation (EDC) supports the government’s initiative to restore the natural beauty of Boracay island. EDC and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), wherein EDC will adopt the 7.79 -hectare wetland no. 2, located in Brgy. Balabag. EDC, through its BINHI program, will plant native trees to enhance the biodiversity in the area and build a bird watch platform to allow visitors to appreciate the bats and various bird species of the wetland. Present during the MOA signing were (back row, from left) DENR Usec. Rodolfo Garcia, EDC Vice President Ferdinand Golez, (front row, from left): DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez, DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu, EDC President and COO Richard Tantoco, and EDC Watershed and CSR Head Atty. Allan Barcena.