EDC scholars and employees’ kids graduate from 2nd Energy Summer Camp

May 22, 2009 9:44 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, May 22 – Fifty high school students from host communities of the Energy Development Corporation and children of EDC employees on Wednesday graduated from a week-long in-house Energy Summer Camp held in Valencia, Negros Oriental.

Composed of 24 girls and 26 boys, the 2nd batch of participants were given a rare opportunity to have fun and learn at the EDC Energy Camp in the Southern Negros Geothermal Production Field (SNGPF) in Valencia town.

Sixteen of the campers are scholars from EDC’s host community schools in Negros Oriental, including Pulangbato National High School, Balugo National High School, Valencia National High School and San Pedro Academy-Recoletos.

Thirty-four others are children of employees from EDC’s geothermal sites in Leyte and Mindanao.

Now on its sixth year, the Energy Camp is an annual summer recreational event organized by geothermal leader EDC for their incoming fourth-year high school scholars all over the country.

Student campers enjoyed outdoor activities such as hiking, rappelling, dancing, basic martial arts and survival training, while the social forestry program of the company provided a venue for the campers to immerse in the company’s watershed management program.

They also visited farmers’ associations, planted trees and learned how to make compost pits, and also learned the importance and benefits of geothermal energy.

Rene Bonto, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1995, and now SNGPF security chief, was camp commander for the 2nd Energy Camp, held from May 12 to May 20.

The project, a brainchild of EDC’s president and chief executive officer Paul Aquino, is designed to provide campers a venue to have fun and experiental learning at the same time.

“We envisioned a program where teenagers can learn about life, the environment and geothermal energy as they all have fun,” said Paul Aquino.

An Amazing Race highlighted the final day of the summer camp, at which Aquino, during the graduation program, told EDC scholars to maintain their grades at school.

Valencia Mayor Rodolfo Gonzalez Jr., one of the guests during the graduation rites, challenged the students to carry with them the positive leaning experiences they acquired during the summer camp when they return to school.

He also told them to set their standards high on living, performance and achievement.

EDC’s Energy Camp has already garnered accolades from the scholars’ parents and the company’s host communities and local government units, as well as from the prestigious Public Relations Society of the Philippines’ Anvil Awards and the International Association of Business Communicators’ Gold Quill Awards for being more than just a one-time PR project.

It has become a sustainable program that creates lasting results on the beneficiaries’ growth and development, said Frances Ariola of EDC’s Corporate Communications Officer.

Present during the graduation ceremony were Engr. Danilo Catigtig, EDC’s Vice President for Power Plant Operations, SNGPF Production Manager Vicente Omandam and other officials of the said energy company. (PNA)

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