Ormoc City recognizes EDC’s post-'Yolanda' response

November 14, 2014 11:18 am 

ORMOC CITY, Nov. 14 — The city government here recognized the Lopez-led Energy Development Corporation (EDC) for their emergency response in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda.

EDC President and Chief Operating Officer Richard B. Tantoco received the plaque of appreciation, handed by Mayor Edward C. Codilla and Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo L. Locsin, Jr.

EDC provided generator sets with free fuel to city hall that supplied power to the command center and a local hospital.

The company also provided generator sets to the water pumping stations hence restoring 80 percent of the city’s water services a few days after the typhoon.

Other items distributed by EDC immediately after the typhoon were rice, food packs, household items and assorted medicines.

In host villages of their geothermal plant, the company distributed solar lamps.

In his message, Tantoco recalled that when EDC executives came to Ormoc on Nov. 11, 2013, city officials were shocked but showed no fear of taking actions in assisting the people.

The official lauded the local authorities for taking action of helping the devastated community.

With their help, the company procured crude in Cebu to sustain the needs of the city, and hired plane, ship and helicopter to immediately support the needs of typhoon victims.

Tantoco said the company ignored the high cost of jet fuel and used helicopters to immediately bring food to far-flung villages and to convey message to the people that there are aids coming.

They also utilized company trucks to clear debris of 29-kilometer road.

Tantoco added that the help the company had provided may be small but assured to offer help anytime saying the company’s chairman ordered to keep on helping and disregard the cost it placed.

“The primary purpose of business is not profit but humanity,” he went on.

Codilla regarded EDC as “hulog ng langit” (heaven sent) for the help it poured to the city during the time they are most needed.

EDC operates 60 percent of its business in Leyte. It is the largest producer of geothermal energy in the Philippines and the second largest in the world. (PNA)

FPV/SQM/ELVIE ROMAN ROA/JSD

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