TLI inks deal to aid Quezon communities

THERMA Luzon Inc. (TLI) has signed an agreement with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) to implement a community baseline program in its host communities in Pagbilao, Quezon province.

In a statement, AboitizPower, of which TLI is a subsidiary, said that the latest development is part of the company’s efforts to co-create safe, empowered and sustainable communities in the country.

The research program will be conducted by UPLB-Barangay Integrated Development Approach for Nutrition Improvement (Bidani) and UPLB Foundations Inc. (UPLBFI) in Barangay Ilayang Polo and Barangay Ibabang Polo.

“This baseline assessment will allow us to implement more sustainable community programs based on the actual needs of our host communities,” said JK Huyatid, Therma South Inc. Reputation and Stakeholder management supervisor.

He said that the company is committed to “grow together” with its host communities and help them to eventually sustain their own growth.

“This partnership with UPLBFI is a proactive, community-driven approach in social development. We will be capacitating the barangay local government unit in collecting, encoding and analyzing community data, with the goal of establishing a barangay management information system that can be input to both their government programs and TLI’s CSR programs,” Huyatid added.

Dr. Marites Yee, UPLB-Bidani project leader, said the team will use systematic and community-based approach research to determine the needs of the community members and improve their nutrition status.

“In attaining nutrition improvement, we would need to take into consideration various factors, such as agriculture and food security, health, education, family services, livelihood, gender and development, infrastructure, sports and youth development, peace and order, environmental management, and disaster risk reduction and management,” Yee added.

For his part, Dr. Enrico Supangco, UPLBFI executive director, said experts from the university will be joining the project team.

“For us, it is a very good opportunity because one of our objectives is to have partners outside of the university, with private institutions like yours, so that we can also be able to provide your industry with the expertise coming from UPLB,” he said. “I am very happy for this project, I know that the people working here are experts in their own field,” Supangco said.

Therma Luzon Inc. is AboitizPower’s 700-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Pagbilao, Quezon province. Tea Energy Corp. operates the facility under a build-operate-transfer scheme.