GeoSkwela project launched by EDC to bring students closer to geothermal industry experts

Southern Negros geothermal plant, Negros Oriental, Philippines (source: Mike Gonzalez, creative commons BY-SA 3.0)
Carlo Cariaga 19 Mar 2019

The maiden event of GeoSkwela was launched by EDC in Negros Oriental, Philippines in a bid to enhance the awareness of students on renewable energy and sustainability.

Energy Development Corporation (EDC), a leader in the geothermal industry in the Philippines, has recently launched the GeoSkwela project in Negros Oriental. The pioneering event was held at Siliman University on March 7 as part of the program for the Renewable Energy day on March 5 as declared in an Executive Order by Negros Oriental governor Roeal Ragay Degamo.

The event aims to bring students closer to experts, academicians, and other prominent figures to are advocating sustainability and clean energy. By stimulating awareness, dialogue, and an exchange of ideas, the mentors are hoping that through their life and career experiences, the young audience will realize that sustainability is not only feasible, but also rewarding.

The roster of speakers included: Ryan Esolana, a homegrown youth leader and third year Foreign Affairs student from Silliman University; Jeff Caranto, head of EDC’s Geosciences Division; and Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong, who emphasized the importance of using one’s influence ato continuously engage the public for environmental causes.

“With initiatives such as GeoSkwela, sustainability and environmental advocacy are more effectively entrenched in the grassroots level of academic communities and student bodies—ensuring that a greener and more stable energy future is a brighter prospect today more than ever,” said Norreen G. Bautista, head of EDC’s Corporate Social Responsibility Group in Negros Island.

EDC is the Philippine’s premier renewable energy company and one of the world’s largest geothermal producers. Its geothermal facilities in Valencia, Negros Oriental has been providing clean, renewable power to the Negros Island and other parts of the Visayas region for over 36 years.

Source: SunStar