By Roi Lomotan
VALENCIA, Negros Oriental (PIA) – Renewable energy firm Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has implemented seven new development projects here.
These include the awarding high school scholarships grants for 435 students for school year 2016 to 2017, completion of the Cambucad-Sagbang Foot Bridge, putting up of bleachers inside Barangay Malaunay Gymnasium, establishment of the Puhagan waterline system, granting of Balili concreting project, road concreting project in Barangay Dobdob and awarding of winners for EDC’s “Gulayan sa Paaralan.”
These development projects are implemented under EDC’s HELEN program, the umbrella of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects.
EDC Corporate Communications Officer France Ariola said that EDC has turned over P2.175 million to San Pedro Academy – Recoletos , Balugo National High School, Pulang Bato Naitonal High School, and Valencia National High School benefiting 374 junior and 61 senior high schools students.
On the other hand, EDC also gave recognition to four schools for their outstanding implementation of Gulayan sa Paaralan project in cooperation with the company.
EDC recognized Malaunay Elementary School as the Over-All School Garden of the Year Award for the quality of the produce and for the exemplar partnership of school staff and parents.
Best School Garden Innovation award was given to Dungga Primary School, Best Nutritious Meals to Puhagan Elementary School, and Best Student learning award was given to Nasuji Elementary School.
Meanwhile, the infrastructure projects are expected to help improve transportation and bring development to residents of barangays Malaunay, Sagbang, Balili, Puhagan and Dobdob.
The Cambucad-Sagbang foot bridge, for instance, will help connect residents of Sagbang to the main road in Cambucad as residents need to cross Okoy river that separates their place of residence to the main road.
For Barangay Malaunay, residents are assured of clean water for domestic uses because of the waterline system.
“These seven projects reaffirm our commitment to assist Valencia in its development efforts. The clean, renewable, sustainable geothermal energy that we provide to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is also here to power infinite possibilities for the people Valencia and the rest of Negros Island,” said Norreen Bautista, Head of EDC’s Community Partnerships, External Relations, and Watershed Management Group.
Puhagan Barangay Captain Leonarda T. Sarita, Malaunay Barangay Captain Los Santos Russel, Sagbang Barangay Captain Cenon A. Dagoy, Balili Barangay Captain Cefriano Ferrer, and Dobdob Barangay Captain Gilberto Darias were also present to express their sincerest gratitude to EDC for its infrastructure projects in their communities.
EDC operates a 222.5 geothermal facility in Valencia, Negros Oriental. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/with reports from Frances Ariola, EDC Corporate Communication/This article was first published at PIA Website on Dec. 29, 2017)