Being the reliable partner of our host communities
We at Hedcor find it mutually beneficial to partner with the communities where we operate our run-of-river hydropower systems. Through our corporate social responsibility projects on education, health, livelihood and environment, we remain steadfast in helping develop our host communities. In return, the local residents help build, operate and maintain our plants. Partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., the social development arm of Aboitiz Equity Ventures and the AboitizPower Corporation since 2000 brought about more social development projects to our host communities.
Education is the key to empowering members of our host communities thus it is foremost in our social development projects. The Aboitiz Foundation has given a total of 15 million pesos for scholarship programs, financial assistance, and donations of computers, schools supplies and books. New schools were built and buildings in disrepair renovated.
Classrooms dubbed “Silid Pangarap” at the kindergarten and elementary levels were constructed in partnership with the AGAPP foundation. Students are given school supplies and the libraries furnished with books. Computers are donated to high schools and computer teachers are paid honoraria. Deserving students are given annual stipends. Full college scholarship programs and future employment for recipients are provided.
The out of school youth are given the opportunity to avail of technical education like auto diesel mechanics and welding. We have also provided the Benguet provincial library with computers and an internet connection.
We provide yearly medical, dental and surgical aid, consultations, check ups and services for free to thousands of residents in our host communities. We provide vitamins and medicine to those in need. This is valuable to those without access to basic health services. To reach more people, we partner with the Rotary and Lions Clubs, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and volunteer doctors.Â A total of 4.5 million pesos went to our health care programs.
Together with our health programs, we have developed potable water systems for some of our host barangays that need it most in Davao del Sur and Benguet. There has been a marked decrease in water-related diseases in the communities with the implementation of this project.
We have developed access ways and concrete bridges to our plants which are readily used by local farmers as their farm-to-market roads. Tapping points along our pipes have been provided which farmers use for their irrigation needs.
Cooperatives in our host communities are granted financial loans for their businesses like cut flowers and swine raising.Â In the early 90s, barangay Bineng in Benguet began cut flower production when they had steady access to electric power needed in greenhouses. Now, Bineng is the third largest producer of cut-flowers in Benguet.
In Davao, a family learned how to make bags out of dried water lilies that are abundant in our systems and tend to hamper operations if not removed. The handmade bags are now a good source of income.
Consistently been cited as a top tax payer. Provinces, municipalities and communities benefit from taxes the company brings. Here are Hedcor’s host communities: