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TUBA, Benguet – The municipality, a host community of the Aboitiz-owned HEDCOR-Inc., was recently awarded the Seal of Good Education governance by Synergeia Foundation for providing equal access to good education to hundreds of indigenous children.
During the recent awarding ceremony, HEDCOR vice president for corporate services Noreen Vicencio emphasized the value of partnership in improving the education landscape in the municipality.
“Education is close to the hearts of HEDCOR and the Aboitiz Group because we believe this is key to advancing businesses and communities. We are very grateful for this partnership with Synergeia, and the leadership of Tuba,” Vicencio stressed.
HEDCOR partnered with Synergeia since 2020 to provide over 10,000 Kankanaey Ibaloi and Bago IP children from its host communities in Tuba, La Trinidad, Sablan, Itogon and Bakun in Benguet with quality learning opportunities.
Synergeia in turn recognized local government units that are able to maintain transparency, accountability, and efficiency while improving the learning environment of its communities.
The aforesaid partnership is especially timely with the new learning methodologies that emerged because of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Some of the recent collaborations of HEDCOR and Synergeia include the launch of the Paaralang Bahay portal where educators can download videos and e-copies of materials in teaching reading, good morals and right conduct, and Math.
Another product of the partnership would be the roll out of the assessment tests administered to Grade 2 to 6 students from Sablan, Itogon and Tuba to determine whether grade school students are learning through distance education admits COVID-19 pandemic.
For the past several decades, HEDCOR had been proactive in championing education-based initiatives. In Northern Luzon alone, the company has turned over P33.73 million worth of programs centered on education by constructing and refurbishing classrooms, granting of college scholarships, awarding of high school financial assistance, donating school supplies and actively participating in Brigada Eskwela to name a few of the company’s involvement.
The company assured it will sustain the provision of appropriate assistance to its host communities to help sustain the overall growth and development of the people and the areas where its hydro power plants are situated.
HEDCOR is one of the country’s well known developer of run-of-river hydro power plants in various parts of the country that provide adequate supply of renewable energy that are infused to the grid where such plants are situated.
Aside from supporting education, the company also supports the provision of livelihood assistance to associations that are in need of the same and infrastructure projects beneficial to the residents living in the said places. By HENT