Hedcor distributes school supplies to over 3000 studes

Hedcor, the largest developer of run-of-river hydropower plants in the country, and the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. provided free school supplies for nearly 3,500 school children in 10 public schools of Davao del Sur during the first week of classes.

“For years, we have been giving school supplies to the schools hosting our hydropower plants, I am still moved to see jubilant smiles of these young children when they receive the pack of school materials”, Hedcor vice president Boy Jabonillo said.

High school and elementary students from Hedcor’s host communities—Tudaya, Sibulan, Darong, Tibolo, Pogpog and Astorga of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, accepted packs of pens, notebooks, art materials, rulers, cases, scissors and envelopes from the Hedcor?volunteers.

According to the school principals, a high dropout rate was observed in the past. One reason parents cannot send their children to school, consequently increasing the number of school drop–outs is due to lack of basic school necessities. The company wishes to see the increased graduation rate of its host schools, “Hedcor continues to instill the young minds the importance of education”, Jabonillo added.

In fact, Hedcor is not only distributing educational materials, the company is giving financial assistance to those deserving students in primary and secondary levels and scholarships grant in college. The hydro firm also donates computer units and school buildings to its host schools when needed.

“We support the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, particularly goal number two which is to achieve universal primary education”, Jabonillo said.

Hedcor, an AboitzPower subsidiary, has 19 run-of-river hydropower plants with a total capacity of 155 megawatts in Benguet, Ilocos Sur, and Davao. The company’s budget allocation on education programs is equally important to health care, livelihood, reforestation and infrastructure development to host communities.

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