By Jennifer Tilos
VALENCIA, Negros Oriental (PIA) – Twenty elementary schools with over 4,000 students in Valencia town received school supplies by Energy Development Corporation (EDC) for this school year.
Each student received a pack of writing instruments, notebooks, and pad papers appropriate for their grade level.
With the opening of classes in June, EDC’s Southern Negros Geothermal Project distributed school supplies as part of its corporate responsibility in the area.
EDC’s Community Partnerships Team and its employee volunteers distributed school materials to students in Nasuji, Puhagan, Malaunay, Caidiocan, Pulangbato, Balili, Dungga, Malabo, Palinpinon, Badiang, and Sagbang elementray schools.
The team also went to Inas, Dobdob, Calinawan, Balugo, Liptong, Bong-Bong, Valencia, Vincente Villa M., and Bong-ao elementary schools to provide the school materials of kindergarten to Grade 6 pupils in its host communities.
“This annual activity is a part of our Community Partnerships Program that aims to uplift the lives of the residents in our host communities,” said Norreen Bautista, EDC’s Community, External Relations and Watershed Management team in Negros Island.
Bautista said that to achieve this, the implementation is holistic and sustainable under the health, education, livelihood, and environment (HELEn) projects.
EDC has been providing clean, renewable geothermal power to Negros Oriental for almost 40 years now.
“EDC’s full spectrum of educational projects range from school supplies and miscellaneous fees distribution to thousands of elementary students to high school scholarships and college review and readiness programs to on-the-job training, and technical-vocational education,” cited Bautista.
EDC is the country’s leading producer of geothermal energy and a multi-awarded Philippine corporation in the fields of geothermal development, environmental excellence, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on June 23, 2015)