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EDC breaks ground for resettlement area

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The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) Thursday held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the Geothermal-Gawad Kalinga Village Project in Brgy. Malaunay. {{more}}

The project serves as a resettlement area for the 18 families of Caidiocan village who were affected by Typhoon Butchoy in 2008.

EDC tapped the Gawad Kalinga to help the affected residents build new homes and rebuild their lives at the village site, an area covering 18,158 sq. m. which was donated by EDC.

EDC Senior Vice President Agnes de Jesus assured the families that they will fulfill their promise to former Mayor Rodolfo Gonzalez, Jr. that they will take care of the residents in the geothermal host villages.

“Dili pwede nga pasagdan kamo namo,” assured de Jesus in her speech during the ceremony attended by members of the project’s family beneficiaries.

She added that the project is scheduled to be turned over to the beneficiaries by November this year.

EDC Resident Manager Engr. Dwight Maxino disclosed that a total of 20 houses will be built initially to accommodate not only the families affected by Typhoon Butchoy but also the families from the thermal area in Ticala village.

Earlier reports have indicated that at least eight families residing in Ticala have been reported to be affected by the manifestation of steam vents in the area.

EDC officials have offered to relocate said families to the GK village project in Brgy. Malaunay for their own safety.

The geothermal company officials stressed that the steam vents are a natural manifestation with the recent heavy rains in the area causing the steam discharge to increase. (PIA/rmn)


Officials from Energy Development Corporation led by EDC Senior Vice President Agnes de Jesus and the Municipality of Valencia led by Mayor Ricky Gonzalez lower the time capsule during the Geothermal-Gawad Kalinga Village Project groundbreaking ceremony on August 12 at Brgy. Malaunay, Valencia, where families from Brgy. Caidiocan who lost their homes to Typhoon Butchoy in 2008 will be resettled. (photo by Rachelle Nessia/PIA NegOr)

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