NGCP CSR projects on high gear in Bicol
By Mar S. Arguelles DARAGA, Albay --- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said millions of pesos worth of corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects have been carried out in four Bicol provinces, a ranking NGCP official said yesterday, Wednesday. Nilda Somera, NGCP regional communication and public affairs officer, in an interview said the transmission company has poured in millions of pesos in various CSR projects in host communities in the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, and Camarines Norte. The CSR projects include, among others: the construction of classroom buildings, computer laboratories, multi-purpose covered courts, school comfort rooms and scholarship grants. The NGCP assisted by the officers of the Albay Energy Press Corps (AEPC) recently distributed over 500 school backpacks and notebooks to Kindergarten and elementary pupils in Barangay Penafrancia Elementary School and Kilicao Elementary School all in Daraga town the host municipality where the NGCP Albay-Sorsogon Substation is located. Somera said 6,551 school backpacks and notebooks were turned over to 26 schools in villages of host municipalities in the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte. She said the NGCP is also set to turn over a computer laboratory building equipped with 25 computer laptop in the Penafrancia Elementary School in Daraga, Albay. Somera said in its bid to support the communities hosting its transmission lines and facilities NGCP CSR project has so far since 2013 in Bicol at least 77 infrastructure such as classrooms, comfort rooms, multi-purpose buildings, computer rooms have been turned over to the Department of Education (DepEd). Under the company’s scholarship program in 2015 it has sponsored 15 Indigenous People (IPs) students enrolled at state universities while another nine students from IP and indigent sector were also enrolled. The CSR project is carried out in coordination with various electric cooperatives, local government units, parent-teachers association of chosen beneficiary schools. The program also intends to modernized and enhance teaching methods in various host areas.