The torrential rains and five-hour long travel did not deter 22 PSALM volunteers from participating in this year’s Bags-to-School Project on 26–27 July 2018. The volunteers distributed bags and school supplies to 120 schoolchildren of Villanueve Elementary School, Sitio Villanueve, Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija. The beneficiary school was chosen as part of Sitio Villanueve being a host community of the Casecnan Hydroelectric Power Plant (HEPP), which is currently operated by the CE Casecnan Water and Energy Company, Inc., an independent power producer under contract with PSALM.
The activity drew good impressions from first-time volunteers. “My actual experience as a first-time volunteer exceeded my expectations. You can see from the children’s faces that they were very much excited to see us. Those smiles on their faces are so priceless,” said Michael Enriquez, Assistant Trading Analyst of Electricity Trading Department (ETD).
After the distribution of bags and school supplies, the volunteers headed to the National Power Corporation’s watershed area to plant several varieties of tree seedlings such as Narra and Mahogany. Volunteers were then accommodated by staffs of the Pantabangan-Masiway HEPPs, treated to lunch and a bonus educational tour of the said facility. First-time volunteer Elizabeth Hisarza felt she gained additional knowledge in the trip. “The personnel and engineers on duty enlightened us about how HEPPs work and this is very useful to me as an Electricity Trader,” she said.
Bags-to-School is an annual outreach project of the Corporation which is conducted in host communities of PSALM’s power generation assets, including those turned over to private corporations.Back