Aboitiz Power, SOCOTECO, Steel Asia ink education CSR deal

March 19, 2012 7:31 am 

MANILA, March 18 – Aboitiz Power Corp., in partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation, recently inked deals with power distributors South Cotabato I Electric Cooperative Inc. (SOCOTECO I), South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative Inc. (SOCOTECO II), and major industrial steel manufacturer Steel Asia to help improve the quality of education for the youth.

Aboitiz Power and SOCOTECO I, represented by its Board vice president-director Claudio Tapleras, signed an agreement to formalize their partnership in providing information and communications technology training. These are for teachers of Lugan Central Elementary School in South Cotabato.

Along with this, the group also turned over 10 computers to the school to better equip around 1,900 students with the latest technological know-how.

Aboitiz Power’s agreement with SOCOTECO II, represented by its Board president Elenito Senit, facilitated the installation of an air-conditioning unit, rewiring of a classroom for computers, and installation of new metering devices and circuit breakers for the New Guadalupe Elementary School.

Aboitiz Power and Steel Asia, represented by its chief operating officer Antonio Lorenzana, donated mini-libraries and computer units to Salong Elementary School and Puting Bato Elementary School and armchairs to Lumban Calzada Primary School, benefiting about 1,300 students in Calaca, Batangas.

"Aboitiz Power is more than just providing consumers with reliable power. We strongly believe that we have a major role to play not only in bringing reliable energy and power solutions, but also in giving back to the community," Erramon Aboitiz, Aboitiz Power president and CEO said.

Aboitiz Power focuses on the social and economic development needs of less privileged communities both within and outside the areas where the company operates. It forges ties with business partners to ensure a more successful implementation of projects fit for the various needs of its beneficiaries.

"We are very grateful that we have partnered with like-minded organizations that prioritize community efforts which benefit receivers in the long run. Education has always been our utmost concern, providing students with essential equipment, supplies and skills that they need to be successful leaders and stewards of our nation later on," Aboitiz said.

"Sa wakas makakapag-aral na po nang mabuti ang mga pupils namin sa Lumbang Calzada dahil meron na silang mauupuan ng maayos (At last, our students are able learn better because they now have chairs to sit on)," school principal Luwela Macalindong said. (PNA)

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