TSI improves tribal hall for the Matigsalug tribe

Therma South, Inc. (TSI) completed its renovation of the dilapidated Tribal Hall of the Matigsalug Council of Elders, Marilog, Davao City, Inc. (MACOEMADDACI) last March 13.The structure was expanded into a multi-purpose hall with furniture and fixtures and its own solar-powered battery system. Its importance to the Matigsalug tribe includes being the venue for council meetings, cultural activities, capacity building trainings and workshops, and consultations. It will also be the place to hold validation meetings, tribal weddings, and other rituals.

MACOEMADDACI President Datu Juanito Mandahay said: “We are extremely grateful for the kindness and generosity of TSI and the Aboitiz Foundation in supporting our tribe’s cultural preservation and environmental protection cause. Rest assured that we will take care of this donation as a way of showing our high regard for our tribe’s friendship with TSI.”

​MACOEMADDACI became the partner organization of TSI on the second year of its 10-year Carbon Sink Management Program (CSMP).

TVI distributes health kits in Toledo

Therma Visayas, Inc. (TVI) distributed health kits in Bato, Awihao and Fulgencio Dolino Elementary Schools in Toledo, Cebu during the first quarter of 2015.

Each of Bato Elementary School’s 1,883 pupils received a toothbrush, toothpaste, a pair of rubber slippers, band-aids, alcohol, soap, and tissue paper.

Last February, another 268 Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2 pupils of Awihao Elementary School and 390 pupils of Fulgencio Dolino Elementary School also benefited from the TVI health kit donation project.

After the distribution, TVI CSR Manager Egay Nicolas noted that Awihao Elementary School needed immediate maintenance and, therefore, considered them as the beneficiary of TVI Brigada Eskwela this year.

ALL IN THE BAG. Students excited with their new health kits they can call their own.
ALL IN THE BAG. Students excited with their new health kits they can call their own.

A bridge to their dreams

After 60 days of construction, residents of Sitio Kilabi, Barangay Sibulan, City Side and its nearby communities now have a hanging footbridge crossing the 30-meter boundary between Davao City and Davao del Sur.

Hedcor, a subsidiary of AboitizPower and Aboitiz Foundation allotted P1 million pesos for the project in response to the needs of the Bagobo-Tagabawa tribal community. It is the safest way for the children to go to school and local farmers to deliver their produce to the market when compared to risking the unpredictable rise of the river.

Davao is home of Hedcor’s nine run-of-river hydropower facilities with a total installed capacity of 62MW in the region.