More Ne­grense youth lead­ers be­come Geo 24/7 cham­pi­ons

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THIRTY-TWO young lead­ers in Ne­gros Is­land learned how geo­ther­mal en­ergy can help them and the rest of our coun­try have a sus­tain­able fu­ture in En­ergy De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion’s (EDC) Binhi Youth Camp in Va­len­cia, Ne­gros Ori­en­tal, which ends to­day.

Now on its fifth year, the Binhi Youth Camp-ne­gros (Byc-ne­gros) is a three-day boot-camp on geo­ther­mal en­ergy and BINHI for­est restora­tion that aims in­still pride among the par­tic­i­pants for the abun­dance of geo­ther­mal en­ergy in our is­land.

“Geo­ther­mal en­ergy is the Holy Grail among re­new­able en­ergy (RE) tech­nolo­gies be­cause it is the only form of RE that can pro­vide baseload power all year round, what­ever the sea­son is,” said Engr., Vi­cente Oman­dam Jr., se­nior man­ager and head of EDC Reser­voir and Project Man­age­ment Di­vi­sion. “And the good news is, we have lots of it here in Ne­gros.”

This year, 13 del­e­gates from Ne­gros Ori­en­tal State Univer­sity, Saint Paul Univer­sity Du­maguete, Foun­da­tion Univer­sity, Sti-du­maguete, Asian College of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, and Sil­li­man Univer­sity in Ne­gros Ori­en­tal joined the camp this year.

Nine­teen stu­dents from South­land Col­legeka bank alan, Univer­sity of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Reco­le­tos, Univer­sity of St. La Salle, Bago City College, Ba­colod City College, La Con­so­la­cion College - Ba­colod, Visayan Mar­itime Academy Global College, Cole­gio San Agustin - Ba­colod, John B. Lac­son Col­leges Foun­da­tion-ba­colod, STI-WEST Ne­gros Univer­sity, and Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity of the Philip­pines-visayas.

Cham­pi­oning geo­ther­mal en­ergy

Through­out the camp, the par­tic­i­pants’ in­quis­i­tive minds stirred nu­mer­ous com­plex ques­tions. They were very much in­ter­ested in learn­ing how geo­ther­mal en­ergy works and how plant­ing trees helps in sus­tain­ing this form of clean, re­new­able en­ergy.

The talk on youth ad­vo­ca­cies in so­cial me­dia taught them that they have a voice and they should use it to spread cor­rect in­for­ma­tion on var­i­ous top­ics that they care about through their so­cial me­dia ac­counts like Face­book, Twit­ter, and In­sta­gram.

On day 2, the campers ap­plied what they learned about EDC’S Binha green­ing legacy.

A tour of the com­pany’s 112.5-megawatt Pal­in­pinon1 geo­ther­mal power plant en­abled them to see how geo­ther­mal pro­vides clean, re­new­able, un­in­ter­rupted power source to Ne­gros and its neigh­bor­ing prov­inces. There, they learned why geo­ther­mal is 24/7 and how EDC sus­tains its re­source.

EDC dis­as­ter and cri­sis team head Ted Es­guerra of the Mt. Ever­est Team, also gave the campers tips on how to pre­vent dis­as­ters and ac­ci­dents, and more so, how to deal with them in case they hap­pen.

The camp cul­mi­nates to­day with an ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing ac­tiv­ity called “Amaz­ing Binhi Race,” where par­tic­i­pants ap­ply ev­ery­thing they learned in the BYC and the par­tic­i­pants’ grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies.

The BYC was con­ducted by EDC em­ployee-vol­un­teers and its Binhi Youth Cham­pi­ons from the 2014-2017 batches who con­tinue to sup­port the com­pany in all its BINHI and its Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ships projects./pr

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