By Minerva Newman
CEBU CITY—The Energy Development Corporation (EDC), a leader in geothermal energy in the country, assured the public and its stakeholders of unimpeded power supply amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
According to Marvin Bailon head of EDC’s Business Development, Trading and Marketing, the company has put a skeletal on-ground workforce in place for the continuous operations of its power plants across the country as a vital installation that is required to continuously function despite nationwide community quarantine.
Bailon said that EDC took all the necessary precautionary measures to keep its employees and their families safe from COVID-19, such as imposing travel ban and having work from home (WFH) arrangement in all of its facilities, “we have also assigned key people in our power plants to continuously provide the electricity that is vital to our country, especially in these trying times.”
EDC recognized the need for reliable power supply now more than ever from the healthcare facilities, pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies, and the food manufacturing industry for them to serve the public.
“We are a committed organization that stands ready to fulfill our duty to the public—to not only provide 100 percent clean, renewable power but to make sure that it is uninterrupted,” Bailon added.
Bailon said that EDC’s 1,475MW total installed capacity generates 37 percent of the country’s total renewable energy and with its 1,181MW geothermal portfolio accounting for 61 percent of the country’s total installed geothermal capacity, putting the Philippines on the map as the world’s 3rd largest geothermal producer.