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EDC donates COVID-testing machines to Ormoc

Lopez-led geothermal energy leader Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has donated P25 million worth of RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) equipment to residents of Ormoc.

EDC has partnered with OSPA Farmers Medical Center (FMC) for the creation of a molecular diagnostic center that will boost coronavirus testing in Ormoc and its nearby provinces.

The company reiterated its commitment to improve the lives of Ormocanons. “We are very privileged to have an opportunity to address a clear gap for Ormoc City, the western part of Leyte, the province of Biliran, and Southern Leyte, that of having an RT-PCR testing center,” said EDC president Richard Tantoco.

“While Ormoc City leadership does its job, we too strive to do ours, which is to provide around 40% of the electricity of the entire Visayas that is so necessary now, particularly with remote work and the increased demands on our healthcare system,” he added.

EDC owns and operates the 711-megawatt Leyte Geothermal Project, the company’s biggest facility which straddles Ormoc City and the Municipality of Kananga and utilizes the largest known geothermal wet steamfield in the world. It comprises the Malitbog geothermal power station, the world’s largest geothermal power plant, along with the Upper Mahiao, Mahanagdong A and B plants, and the 36-year old Tongonan power plant, which is one of EDC’s oldest geothermal power plants.

In total, EDC generates over 40% of the Philippines’ renewable energy output and serves about 10% of the country’s overall electricity demand with its installed capacity of 1,473.3MW.

Its 1,179MW geothermal portfolio accounts for 61% of the country’s total installed geothermal capacity, putting the Philippines on the map as the world’s third largest geothermal power producer.

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