VALENCIA, Negros Oriental (PIA) — Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has turned over six community projects under its corporate social responsibility program to its recipient-barangays here.
With the company’s commitment to provide social and environmental development in geothermal area-barangays, Negros Island Geothermal Business Unit head James Villaroman of EDC presented the community projects to its partner-barangays.
The projects include street lights for the road from Dumaguete-Palinpinon boundary for Barangay Palinpinon; 100-meter concrete road for Brgy. Malabo; pre-school buildings for barangays Dobdob and Badiang Primary School, Pulangbato; gym bleachers for Caidiocan; and water system for Malaunay’s Barangay Agricultural Development Center (BADC).
Following the turnover of projects to the respective barangay captains, residents witnessed the lighting up of the giant 20-meter high Christmas tree worth over half a million pesos installed by EDC at the Valencia Park.
Villaroman and Valencia Mayor Edgar Teves led this year’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which EDC has been supporting for the past three years.
In his address, Villaroman pledged to continue to provide community projects in partnership with local government of Valencia.
Villaroman also reported that the company has planted 300,000 trees so far in 300 hectares after EDC launched its advocacy movement, “10M in 10” or plant 10 million trees in 10 years on October 15, this year.
“In two months we accomplished significant number of trees planted which from a 10 million target it goes down to 9.7M now,” claimed Villaroman.
He said the “10M in 10” is the first and biggest forest restoration movement to plant, grow, and protect trees not only in Valencia but entire Negros Island.
For his part, Mayor Teves expressed his appreciation to EDC for the projects it provided along with scholarships and school supplies to high school students including health and education infrastructure for the welfare of the residents. (rmn/jct/PIA7-NegOr/This article was first published at PIA website on Dec. 15, 2015)