Hedcor, Luzon Hydro gives support to ‘Egay’-stricken communities

August 01, 2023

Hedcor, Luzon Hydro gives support to ‘Egay’-stricken communities
RICE DONATION. Hedcor Group’s External Relations Manager for Luzon Geraldine Ronquillo (center) spearheaded the distribution of rice to the province of Ilocos Sur, as accepted by Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Officer Rhon Arquelada (left) and staffer Tereza Zaragosa (right).

Aboitiz Power Corporation (AboitizPower) subsidiaries Hedcor and Luzon Hydro Corporation (Luzon Hydro), together with Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Aboitiz Foundation), donated rice and fuel to its host communities hit by Typhoon Egay.

Typhoon Egay (Doksuri) devastated communities in northern parts of Luzon after its landfall on Wednesday, July 26, displacing many people and leaving many roads impassable.

In Ilocos Sur, Luzon Hydro distributed 150 sacks of 50-kilogram rice, benefitting 750 families.

Hedcor, on the other hand, extended over 1,700 liters of fuel to the municipalities of La Trinidad, Tuba, Sablan, Itogon, and Bakun in Benguet, while Hedcor Sabangan aided the municipalities of Bauko and Sabangan with 780 liters of fuel. The fuel is intended for heavy equipment vehicles and chainsaws that will help clear debris on affected roads — hence ensuring faster mobilization of relief goods — and for generators on sitios without electricity.

“Hedcor is honored to contribute to the rebuilding of our communities. Our bayanihan spirit furthers our cause to help each other during this period of recovery,” said Hedcor President and COO Rolando Pacquiao. “We join hands with the local government to provide essential aid and relief. We stand in solidarity with our kababayans.”

Previously, Hedcor helped strengthen the disaster preparedness and risk management capabilities of the aforementioned provinces by providing opportunities for training and donating needed equipment for first aid. Through this, community-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management offices were established in their respective localities, further upscaling the resiliency and prompt response of the authorities in times of emergencies.

“Hedcor is driven by its strong sense of responsibility. By collaborating closely with the different host communities, we are better equipped to support each other,” Pacquiao added.

Earlier this month, Hedcor and fellow AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. also mobilized relief efforts to over 560 families in Sta, Cruz, Davao del Sur. This was after the municipality was hit by flash floods due to isolated rain showers and thunderstorms.

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