EDC is lone PH firm in global Carbon Clean 200 list

By Jenifer C. Tilos


Enter a EDC’s 222.5MW geothermal facility in Valencia, Negros Oriental is a model for compact development that has been supplying clean, renewable power to Negros Island and the rest of the Visayas region for more than 35 years.caption

The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has proven that it is on the right track by investing in a low carbon future as it made the Carbon Clean 200™ list.

According to EDC’s Corporate Communications Officer Frances Ariola, EDC is the only Philippine company in the list of the world’s largest publicly-traded firms that lead the way with solutions for the transition to a clean energy future.

The rankings were based on the companies’ total clean energy revenues as rated by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Only companies with a market capitalization greater than $1 billion and have earned more than 10 percent of its total revenues from clean energy sources are eligible to be considered in the list.

Twenty-nine countries are represented in the latest Clean 200 group, which have an average market capitalization of $9.4 billion and generate over $363 billion in clean energy revenues per year.

China had the most number of companies in the list with 68, followed by the US with 21 firms, and Japan with 21 corporations.

EDC, which ranked 119th this year, hopes to move up in the list as it achieves its growth objectives in the coming years, said Ariola.

Clean 200 excludes all oil and gas companies and utilities that generate less than 50 percent of their power from renewable sources, as well as the top 100 coal companies measured by reserves.

It also disqualifies companies profiting from weapons manufacturing, tropical deforestation, the use of child and/or forced labor, and companies that engage in negative climate lobbying.

“EDC is a carbon neutral company and is the leading renewable energy company in the Philippines. Its total installed capacity of 1,458MW from geothermal, wind, solar, and hydro power sources accounts for 21 percent of the total installed renewable energy (RE) in the country,” said Ariola.

She added that the company has committed to not invest in coal and to make renewable energy more accessible to the Filipinos to help drive a low-carbon economy for the country.

This commitment was reinforced by EDC’s partnership with the Philippines Renewable Energy Holdings Corporation (PREHC), a consortium of investors composed of funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Mira) and Arran Investment Pte Ltd (Arran), an affiliate of GIC Pte Ltd.

PREHC’s 31.7 percent acquisition of EDC’s total outstanding voting shares from existing shareholders is the largest single foreign investment in the country under the Duterte administration.

Launched in 2016, Clean 200 is an initiative of non-profit foundation As You Sow whose mission is to promote environmental and social corporate responsibility, and Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media and research company that produces corporate rankings, research reports and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance.

The report was produced to start a dialogue on how investors can work together to achieve a clean energy economy and how to best evaluate and highlight those that are already transitioning to clean energy.

In 2016, EDC generated 8,531.5GWh that helped the country avoid 7.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.

EDC goes beyond generating RE to help in decarbonizing the country by restoring forests through its BINHI greening legacy.

It has planted 6.2 million seedlings covering 8,964 hectares of denuded land in 2016.

This resulted in 793,563 tons of carbon dioxide sequestered in 2018, which is on top of the 2.4 million tons of equivalent carbon sequestered in biomass for taking care of our geothermal reservations.

“EDC’s carbon footprint of 806,117 CO2e from its operations in 2016 is only 30 percent of the carbon absorption of the forests and plantations that it nurtures,” Ariola reported.


Rag dolls help raise awareness on teenage pregnancy

By Leandria Pagunsan


Students of Foundation Preparatory Academy carrying their rag dolls. (PIA7-NegOr/Photo from Klein Emperado of Foundation University)


Foundation Preparatory Academy (FPA) has initiated an awareness campaign on teenage pregnancy and premarital sex among students from the high school department with the use of rag dolls to be carried by students for the whole month of February.

As part of the technology and livelihood education subject, students are made to create rag dolls out of a pattern and they are to use rice as fillers instead of foam or cotton with the purpose of adding the weight close to that of an infant.

Also, the said campaign will instill at an early stage, the value of responsibility among young people as they gear towards adulthood.

Students are to take care of the rag dolls and, if possible, carry it most of the time.

According to Felipe Sullera, Jr. Senior High School head teacher, FPA will continue to practice this initiative not only for the benefit of its students but for the community as well.

Sullera also added that in the past 10 years since it was implemented, the practice has reduced (if not eliminated) the incidence of teen pregnancies and premarital sex among high school students at FPA.

Dr. Mira D. Sinco, the current superintendent of FPA, began the awareness program during her term as university president.

December 8 declared as special non-working holiday in PH

By PIA Negros Oriental


Immaculate conception
The Lady of the Immaculate Conception (photo from Google) 



December 8 is now declared a national holiday in the Philippines.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 10966 on Dec. 29, 2017 which declares December 8 of every as a “special non-working day in the country to commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the principal patroness of the Philippines.”

The said republic act was authored by House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas.

Being a predominantly Catholic nation, the Philippines observes the Feast of the Immaculate Conception as a holy day of obligation wherein Catholics should hear and attend mass.

Here’s a look of R.A. 10966:



Meanwhile, here is the list of holidays for 2018 based on Proclamation No. 269 to help you plan your vacations and other activities next year.


Regular Holidays:

New Year’s Day –              1  January (Monday)

Maundy Thursday –         29 March

Good Friday-                      30 March

Araw ng Kagitingan-        9 April (Monday)

Labor Day –                         1 May (Tuesday)

Independence Day-        12 June (Tuesday)

National Heroes Day –    27 August (last Monday of August)

Bonifacio Day –                  30 November (Friday)

Christmas Day –                 25 December (Tuesday)

Rizal Day-                             30 December (Sunday)


Special (Non-working) Holidays

Chinese New Year –        16 February (Friday)

EDSA People Power

Revolution Anniversary – 25 February (Sunday)

Black Saturday –                                31 March

Ninoy Aquino Day –         21 August (Tuesday)

All Saints Day –                   1 November (Thursday)

Last Day of the Year –     31 December (Monday)


Additional Special

(non-working )days  –     2 November (Friday)

24 December (Monday)