Empowering communities with pandemic response donations and testing laboratories
For EDC, being regenerative is all about elevating everything we touch – from our employees, our customers, suppliers, contractors, environment, and communities, as well as our shareholders. As part of the company’s initiatives to uplift the communities it operates, EDC was also instrumental in the fight against the ongoing pandemic. One of EDC’s key contributions is the donation of COVID-19 testing laboratories in the provinces of Ormoc, Leyte; Dumaguete, Bacolod in Negros Island, Iloilo, Bicol, Bohol, and Cotabato.
Driven by our values, we set aside prioritizing only regions where we operate and extended support to the neighboring province of Iloilo. In Iloilo City, EDC has donated PHP 5.5 million worth of stateof-the-art Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) equipment along with testing and extraction kits for Uswag Molecular Laboratory in Molo district.
This turnover marked the successful partnership of the private sector and the local government. Present in the virtual event were EDC Chairman and CEO Federico R. Lopez, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, and IATF* Deputy Chief Implementer and Bases and Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO Vince Dizon.
In his message, Chairman Lopez underscored the importance of being regenerative for EDC and going beyond energy in anticipation of the “many adaptive challenges needed to redesign how we live, work, and do business in a changed world.”
Treñas, for this part, expressed gratitude to the Lopezes and its companies, highlighting the “selfless contribution, philanthropy, and social responsibility” within the EDC. Adding to this, Dizon thanked the Lopez group for answering the national government’s call for the private sector to aid the Filipino people.
Annabelle Blancaflor, Uswag Molecular Laboratory Manager, also shared how the medical donation will increase the city’s testing capacity, care for the ill, and protect the vulnerable.