Mayor Kapina and his wife Myrna hosted a dinner for Alsons Power Group and PEF representatives. He expressed his appreciation for the partnership, noting its alignment with his vision for Palimbang’s sustainable development.
True to its brand promise ‘We Power With Care’, Alsons Power Group, in partnership with the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), continues to demonstrate its commitment to environmental conservation by recently conducting a Community Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) campaign at Palimbang National High School in Barangay Poblacion, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat.
Palimbang Municipal Mayor Joenime Kapina highlighted the importance of the environmental information, education, and communication program in his town as a crucial step towards achieving the local government’s goal of conserving their wildlife species and natural ecosystem.
“We owe this to the future. So, I welcome this partnership… we must take action now, or else we will entirely lose wildlife species and natural ecosystems,” stated Mayor Kapina during a courtesy meeting with the CEPA team, which includes personnel from Alsons Power Group and its partner, the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF).
The CEPA campaign, engaging around 250 community members including students, teachers, parents, government officials, and community leaders, focused on educating participants about their critical role in preserving local biodiversity.
“This partnership is very much supportive of my vision and direction in transforming the image of Palimbang,” Mayor Kapina said. He added that environmental protection serves as the cornerstone in leading their town’s pivot to sustainable development.
Alsons Power, through its Sarangani Energy Corporation and Siguil Hydro Corporation units, has committed to a three-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with PEF. This agreement entails providing resources for the public awareness program and supporting the tracking and protection of the Philippine Eagle ‘Sarangani’ (locally known as Salagbanog), which has recently been sighted in Palimbang and nearby areas in Sultan Kudarat.
The Mt. Busa Key Biodiversity Area in Mindanao, a crucial habitat for a Philippine Eagle sub-population, is home to Alsons Power facilities. The first is the Sarangani Energy baseload thermal power plant, which has a capacity of 210 megawatts (MW) and has been in operation since 2016. The second facility is the Siguil Hydro run-of-river hydroelectric power plant, which is currently under construction and will have a capacity of 14.5 MW.
“Alsons Power remains committed to becoming an active partner in protecting and enhancing the environment and addressing the socio-economic welfare of our communities,” Mr. Ruben G. Tungpalan, VP for Alsons Power Group’s Corporate Affairs said. He also emphasized that the Philippine eagle among other wildlife species serves as an important bio-indicator.