by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, June 21 (PIA) — The Energy Development Corporation has distributed last week sets of school supplies mounting to at least P900,000 to 5,300 elementary school pupils in 14 host communities of the Bacon-Manito Geothermal Power Plant in this city and Manito, Albay,” according to the corporation’s community partnership program official.
Eduardo Jimenez, chief of the EDC community partnerships department (EDC-CPD) said in an interview the project forms part of corporate social responsibility of the power firm to provide pupils, including day care and kindergarten, with school supplies and other needs.
“We have distributed the school supplies as early as June 6 during the opening of the school classes this year. Only this week we have completed the distribution to all the pupils in our 14 host communities comprising of the elementary schools of Tublijon, Rizal, Bucalbucalan, Benita Delgado Jesalva Memorial Elem School, Capuy and ,Ticol all of the West District here”, he said.
“In Bacon District, we also distributed the school supplies to the elementary schools of Tiris, Gajo,Osiao,Gayong and Sto Nino. While in Manito, Albay the schools in Nagotgot, Manito and Inang Maharang ‘s distribution were already done also”.
EDC is about ready to distribute the 4,200 school bags but this will be given primarily to the elementary school pupils only, Gabad explained.
The company will also shoulder the miscellaneous fees of all these elementary school pupils which will total to almost P1 million according to Gabad and will be paid this July.
“All the miscellaneous fees of these pupils will be paid by EDC which include Parent – Teacher Fee (PTA), Red Cross and Boy /Girl Scouts contributions “, according to Gabad.
Last summer of this year, the company has also conducted here the yearly summer camp which is now on its 7th year of implementation. It has a batch of 90 young adults who graduated and again benefited from the education advocacy of the company.
“Hopefully, EDC will be providing these children in our host communities additional benefits next year. Our company intends to give them the equal opportunity to good education and also lessen the burden of parents when school year begins” Engr. Liberato S. Virata , plant manager and vice president of EDC also expressed
“It is always a pride and joy that our company heeds the call of partnering in making education the basic thrusts of our company and providing our host communities through their children, the essence of our CSR” Virata stressed. (MAL/IAG, PIA Sorsogon)