Social & Relationship Capital
Strengthening ties with our partner communities
At a Glance
host barangays and primary partner barangays nationwide
partner upland farmers’ associations nationwide
We at EDC strongly value sustainable development and inclusive growth. As such, we constantly strive to ensure that our business operations work in harmony with the environment and the communities wherein we operate. With support from our different stakeholders, we remain committed to the promotion of social prosperity and environmental stewardship through the implementation and management of a comprehensive, responsive, and sustained program on social responsibility.
EDC helps partner communities bounce back from disaster
Just before 2019 drew to a close, disaster struck Mindanao. A series of strong earthquakes, with magnitudes ranging from 6.1 to 6.6, rocked Central Mindanao for two weeks, leaving destruction in its wake. Cotabato was first struck with a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on October 16, followed by magnitude 6.6 and magnitude 6.1 quakes on October 29. Just two days later, a 6.5 quake was recorded on October 31. The epicenter was recorded in the vicinity of the municipality of Tulunan, affecting several nearby provinces and felt in many areas across Mindanao.
In response, EDC immediately convened its Crisis Management Team and the Facility Crisis Management Team on October 31, 2019 to check on the status of our employees, our host communities in Barangay Ilomavis, Kidapawan City, and, later on, our Mt. Apo Geothermal Project (MAGP).
Our Negros CSR team volunteered to help our Mt. Apo CSR team in their community recovery efforts after a series of strong earthquakes hit Kidapawan City and nearby areas in Mindanao in October 2019.
More than 4,000 residents from Barangay Ilomavis and Barangay Balabag, Kidapawan City, were displaced. Around 1,400 residents of Barangay Ilomavis had to be temporarily transferred to evacuation centers for safety reasons. Both barangays were eventually declared a “No Build Zone” at the time.
EDC rose to the occasion and quickly mobilized volunteers and aided the local government of Kidapawan City in its clearing operations. The company also provided immediate assistance through cash donations and relief goods, such as sacks of rice, canned goods, noodles, bottled water, and medicine.
Through the combined efforts of EDC employee-volunteers, youth volunteers, barangay volunteers, and members of the Manobo-Apao Descendants of Ancestral Domain of Mt. Apo (MADADMA), relief goods and food packs were distributed to more than 3,000 residents of Barangay Ilomavis.
EDC employees, volunteers from Barangay Ilomavis, and members of MADADMA also worked together to provide necessary facilities, such as makeshift toilets.
EDC also worked closely with the local government of North Cotabato, Kidapawan City, its Barangay Emergency Response Teams (BERTs), as well as local chapters of relevant government agencies and other civic organizations to continuously monitor the situation in the area and to provide necessary assistance.
The local government identified the need for proper sanitation and drinking water facilities for the displaced residents in evacuation centers across the Mindanao region. In Barangay Ilomavis in Kidapawan City, Barangay Captain Datu Jimmy Mantawil identified around 1,400 evacuees from Purok 7, 6A, and 6B in need of toilets and access to potable water.
As such, EDC supported the construction of six makeshift comfort rooms at the evacuation site at the Barangay Ilomavis basecamp, where evacuees were transferred to ensure their safety. EDC also provided tents to serve as temporary shelters for displaced residents.
Our Approach to Social Responsibility
We remain cognizant of the direct and indirect impacts of our business operations to our host and neighboring communities within all our project sites.
Guided by our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy, we strive to enhance the positive impacts we bring to our host communities and address development issues such as poverty and lack of access to basic services. We firmly believe that our presence helps catalyze our host communities towards positive and productive action.
Ultimately, our strategic CSR programs aim to empower our different stakeholders and partner communities towards becoming proactive agents of their own development to break the cycle of poverty and dependence.
We monitor and measure our impacts based on project objectives, quantitative targets, and simple cost-benefit analysis. We also monitor and evaluate each project through our bi-annual Social Acceptability Monitoring, Sustainability Assessment Tool, and Social Impact Assessment, all of which have been developed based on widely accepted local and international literature and methods. Our social development initiatives are guided by both local CSR regulations and international standards and best practices in community engagement.
Guided by a strategic framework, our approach to social responsibility supports not only the growth and profitability of our business, but also the continued protection and sustainability of the environment and its natural resources and the long-term improvement of the quality of life of all our host communities.
Our commitment to social responsibility is evident in how it is managed—it is an issue that is tackled at the highest level of our organization. Our board of directors has a CSR Committee, composed of at least three members of the board. As such, they provide leadership and oversight over the management of our strategic CSR programs, which, in turn, enable the company to deliver effective CSR initiatives that contribute greatly to our triple bottom line.
Our Corporate Social Responsibility Head Office Team (CSR-HO), on the other hand, oversees the systems and structures related to our strategic CSR portfolio and provides direction on policy implementation. As such, it provides technical assistance to our on-site CSR and Watershed Management Section (WMS), both of which form teams on the ground and at the national level which activate partnerships to help us achieve our strategic CSR goals.
Accordingly, EDC establishes a Community Partnerships Department (CPD) in each of its project sites across the country. At the community level, the CPD teams develop and operationalize our CSR agenda and serve as the company’s front-liners to implement its strategic CSR programs and activities.
Our 2019 Integrated Report
Our Integrated Report tells the story of our efforts to achieve our business objectives, hand-in-hand with our sustainability aspirations.