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To survive, any business or corporation must be useful to the society it serves.

Oscar M. Lopez
Chairman, Lopez Group Foundation, Inc.

 

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The Lopez Group, through First Philippine Holdings Corporation, First Gen Corporation and First Balfour, provided tents, bedding and “convalets” (containerized toilets) for hundreds of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) camping out at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Energy Development Corporation (EDC) extended assistance to a fourth-class municipality in the province of Samar affected by the crisis caused by COVID-19.
KCFI is also a consistent partner of DepEd in the latter’s Brigada Eskwela initiative, where the private sector is invited to help public schools prepare for the coming school year.
As the government shifts to distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Knowledge Channel is ready to share its video lessons that could reach as many as 7.
Even with the shutdown of ABS-CBN, the Lopez Group continues to be in the service of the Filipinos.
LOOK ALL MADE BY HAND. Cirila Miranda is our artisan in far distant barangay in Calaya, Guimaras Island.
Today was a good day. The Lopez Group Foundation Inc. (“LGFI”) facilitated the distribution of hygiene kits for the UP Ikot jeepney drivers.
Father Luis Eduardo F. Zapata from the Dioses of Our Lady of Luhan in Caloocan reached out to the Lopez Group Foundation, Inc.
The Lopez Group Foundation Inc. (“LGFI”) extends its generous heart to our Persons with Disabilities (“PWDs”) at Tahanan Walang Hagdanan (“TWH”).
Another day of extending assistance to beleaguered jeepney drivers plying the UP Ikot route. Seems that they might be allowed to operate soon but with massive challenges: only 3 jeep a day will be allowed to ply the route with their jeepneys retrofitted for social distancing ( which will just allow for 5 passengers at a given time).
A blessed Sunday highlighted by food distribution to UP Ikot jeepney drivers and surrounding communities.
The impending transfer of the Lopez Museum and Library to Makati is getting researchers all jittery.
One of the toughest challenges one can experience during this COVID-19 pandemic is being stranded and locked down in a distant province away from home.
A virtual send-off via Zoom was held last Friday, 29 May 2020, for First Gen’s 21 senior high school scholars who graduated from AMA Computer College and First Industrial Science & Technology (FIRST) School.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) has accepted an offer from the Lopez Group to help the state university hospital increase 10 times its capability to test for the virus SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The “Pantawid ng Pag-ibig” campaign of ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. (AFI) has raised P350 million in cash donations and pledges for the benefit of over 600,000 families in Metro Manila and nearby provinces affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Here are a few stories of how companies and individuals did their share in reaching out to those in need during these pandemic times.
The Rural Workers Association of San Rafael (RWASR) based in Bulusan, Sorsogon, which runs Nasipit Eco-Agri Farm, has a simple message for their fellow Filipinos: “There is no problem we cannot overcome, so long as we continue to work together.
The biggest classroom on air continues with the “Stay at Home, Learn at Home” campaign to help keep children learning safely at home.
No kind is left behind in EDC’s mission to build a clean energy future. EDC powers and protects people and planet, striking the right balance between energy, biodiversity, and community.

The green and sustainable powers of EDC

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Aug 08, 2019
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Aliyya Sawadjaan
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MANILA, Philippines — Have you ever noticed that it has been getting hotter and hotter these days? Do you sweat profusely even when you are just outside for five minutes? This extreme heat is caused by climate change, that is the result of human activities and products made by humans. If climate change is not curbed in the very near future, the world will continue to experience intense heat waves, if not worse.

The Philippines is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. In this year alone, the highest temperature was recorded at 51.7 degrees Celsius. Come monsoon season, the country experienced some of the most extreme natural disasters, with super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) and Ketsana (Ondoy) as some of the most recent experienced by Filipinos.

Taking the lead in curbing the effects of climate change is the First Philippine Holdings, a member of the Lopez Group of Companies and whose major business is power generation and distribution. In 2016, through the leadership of its chairman and CEO Federico Lopez, the company decided not to invest in coal, which was a challenge because the country is still very much powered by coal.

FPH’s renewable energy arm, the Energy Development Corporation, has managed to generate sustainable power from geothermal energy for over 40 years. In fact, it is the leader in geothermal technology and the country’s largest 100% renewable energy company, operating 1,181 megawatts of geothermal energy, 150 MW of wind power, 132 MW of hydroelectric power, and 12 MW of solar energy totaling at 1,475 MW. These numbers account for 27% of the country’s total renewable energy output.

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Geothermal energy and watershed resources

As an archipelago, the Philippines has large reserves of natural energy sources. It is also the third-largest producer of geothermal energy. Geothermal energy is renewable because it is generated from the Earth’s heat; it is cost-effective, reliable, clean and sustainable. Meanwhile, fossil fuels like coal are not sustainable energy sources and are non-renewable.

EDC has significantly contributed to reducing the country’s carbon emission by operating its geothermal fields and maintaining watersheds around its project sites.

Energy that comes from geothermal like EDC’s biggest facility Leyte is the only form of RE that provides clean, reliable, uninterrupted power.

As the leading producer of geothermal energy, the company relies on the health and stability of these watersheds. EDC protects and manages four geothermal reservations, which covers close to 1% of the country’s land area. This initiative and its effective emissions management mechanisms enable EDC to maintain its carbon negative status each year. This means that EDC absorbs and sequesters more carbon than it produces based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s definition.

Green Legacy

EDC has an unwavering commitment to leading environmental efforts that are compliant with stringent environmental standards and regulations. Through BINHI, its forest restoration program, EDC aims to bring back 96 endangered native trees and to bridge forest gaps. It has since planted, protected and maintained millions of trees including species of native trees that are endangered or threatened and is even propagating them in their Vegetative Materials Reproduction or automated tree nurseries in Negros Oriental and Antipolo

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Forest protection is a huge part of EDC’s geothermal operations, considering that it manages close to one percent of the country’s land area and it is crucial to sustaining its geothermal resource.

EDC is more than an energy company. It has become a company that has taken on the responsibility of undoing the damages caused by other industries — even those caused by humans, by promoting ways of harnessing energy that is sustainable and environment-friendly.

By doing so, it has changed the minds of many of their customers — big companies and even individuals into more responsible beings when it comes to the welfare of Mother Earth.