Energy Development CorporationEnergy Development Corporation (EDC) lauded the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) “Save Our Watershed” (SOW) campaign following the floods caused by typhoon Ulysses in November 2020.
The DENR launched the SOW campaign in partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency ( JICA) on June 30.
EDC, which has long been maintaining, restoring and protecting watersheds that give life to its geothermal reservoirs, expressed support for the DENR’s initiative not only to boost awareness of the importance of the watersheds but also to urge Filipinos to act now in conserving the country’s natural resources.
“On behalf of Energy Development Corporation, we would like to express our support and commitment to the ‘Save Our Watershed’ campaign of the DENR and JICA. EDC, through our BINHI program, aims to protect and conserve our watershed resources within the geothermal reservations. For us, it’s both a commitment and a part of our business strategy and mission,” said Atty. Allan Barcena, EDC head of corporate social responsibility and public relations, during the launching event held live via Zoom and on-site at the DENR office.
DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu, who led the virtual rollout of the campaign, noted the “more than 130 critical watersheds in the country that desperately need immediate protection and rehabilitation to minimize erosion and improve water yield.”
Barcena stressed that conservation of watershed resources is not only part of EDC’s sustainability strategy but also its way of elevating the environment and its communities.
EDC, through its banner environment program BINHI which was launched in 2008, has been protecting and conserving watershed areas across its geothermal sites in Bicol, Leyte, Negros and North Cotabato. (Story/Photos by: Gabrielle Marie Binaday)