‘School on Wheels’ ready to roll in Ilocos remote communities

Originally published on Philippine News Agency ;


QUICK READ: Energy Development Corporation donates the first mobile school in Ilocos Norte to help students under the Department of Education’s distance learning program.   


LAOAG CITY – A “School on Wheels” equipped with laptops, printers, and internet connection will soon be traveling around remote areas in the province of Ilocos Norte to reach out to students under the current distance learning program of the Department of Education. Donated by the first Gen-owned Energy Development Corporation (EDC), Ilocos Norte’s first mobile school is reportedly worth PHP 1.9 million.  

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Grade 6 students from Tongonan (Kananga) Elementary School reading the GeoSkwela booklets distributed by EDC. About 1,000 students from Grade 6, 9, and 11 currently enrolled in 9 schools of Ormoc City and Kananga will benefit from the GeoSkwela project of the renewable energy leader.

EDC is the country’s largest renewable energy producer that owns a 680-hectare wind farm in Burgos town in this province. Senior education program specialist and acting information officer Valerie Talamayan of the Schools Division of Ilocos Norte said Tuesday the school on wheels will be rolled out in hard to reach areas of Nueva Era, Carasi, and Vintar where internet connectivity remains a challenge. 


“As of now, the office is in the process of planning and preparing the schedule of the school on wheels,” said Talamayan. Deborah Melchor, head of the Corporate Social Responsibility program of the EDC, said the company takes pride in helping Ilocos Norte learners realize their dreams through mobile learning which is now part of the new normal education program. 


“This is in support of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte and the Department of Education’s objective of bringing the school to the remote areas,” she said. Some 77 public schools in the Ilocos Region have joined the expanded limited face-to-face (F2F) classes starting February 21. The schools are in addition to the 20 that piloted the limited F2F in the region in November 2021. (PNA)   


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.