The Lopez-led renewable energy leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has donated a RNA extractor to Negros Occidental to further strengthen the province’s COVID-19 resiliency.
The P3 million-worth equipment was turned over by EDC’s Community Partners Marie Christine Jamiana and Jayvi Valenzuela to Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” V. Lacson in a simple ceremony held at the Provincial Capitol today.
“We are one with Negros Occidental in its fight against COVID-19,” said Norreen G. Bautista, head of EDC’s Corporate Social Responsibility team in Negros island. “Through its molecular laboratory in Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) where this vital RNA extractor will be used and with the Negrenses’ observance of all health and safety protocols, we believe that Bacolod City and the rest of the province will soon be able to win this war by flattening the curve even before the release of a COVID-19 vaccine.”
This initiative of EDC is part of its series of COVID-19 community assistance to the Visayas Region, specifically in Negros Island, Ormoc City, and Iloilo. Negros Oriental’s first own molecular laboratory that EDC has funded just began operating last week while Ormoc City’s first own testing facility just got the green light to operate from the Department of Health this week.
Todate, the company has already provided over P6million-worth of aid to its partner communities in Bago City and Murcia, to the Diocese of Bacolod City, to various local government units, and to its customers in Negros Occidental alone since the onset of the pandemic even if it has no operations in the area as part of its commitment to continuously support Negros Occidental.
Assistance provided include sacks of rice, food packs, bottles of alcohol, medical supplies that were distributed in three phases.
“As we continue to keep our employees safe and provide uninterrupted clean, renewable, reliable power to the country, we will keep on finding ways to uplift our stakeholders in Negros Island to help them beat the health and economic crisis brought about by COVID-19. This is part of our commitment to go beyond sustainability that merely seeks to do less harm by being regenerative,” emphasized Bautista.
She was referring to EDC and the rest of the Lopez group’s new mission of forging collaborative pathways for a decarbonized and regenerative future. Their new chosen path calls for the entire conglomerate to uplift the state of everything they touch and everyone they partner with.