Almost 4,000 elementary students in Bago City and Municipality of Murcia, Negros Occidental were recipients of new school supplies distributed by geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) recently.
The distribution of school supplies is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program entitled HELEn which focuses on Health, Education, Livelihood and Environment, among others.
Education, which is the centerpiece of EDC’s HELEn program, provides support to about 10,000 students from the elementary to tertiary level, in Negros Island where it has been operating its 222.5Megawatt Southern Negros Geothermal Project for 35 years.
Norreen Bautista, head of EDC’s Community Partnerships, External Relations and Watershed Management Team led the distribution along with employee volunteers and their College Admission Review and Readiness (CAREERS) scholars to grade school pupils from Mailum Elementary School, Minoyan Elementary School, Balasyang Elementary School, RM Araneta Elementary School, FBarandiaran Elementary School, CA Dormido Elementary School, and Najaba Elementary School.
Bautista said “this annual gift is our own way of motivating them and keeping these kids in school so they can pursue their dreams when they grow up.”
EDC’s HELEn has been recognized many times for its success and sustainability and has earned global recognition for the company among which is ranking 6th in Asia Pacific companies that professionals admire for their CSR programs.
EDC is the world’s largest vertically integrated geothermal company and the only diversified renewable energy firm in the country. The company has been powering infinite possibilities in Negros Oriental for 35 years now by harnessing geothermal energy, the only form of RE that can provide sustainable power 24 hours a day, rain or shine, all year round.