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Dumaguete City, Philippines Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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Negros media trained on survival
skills, disaster readiness at EDC
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Twenty-eight practitioners from the broadcast and print media from Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental recently completed a two-day learning on geothermal energy, the environment, disaster-preparedness and survival techniques in a summer camp organized by geothermal giant Energy Development Corporation.

This is the first time that EDC has organized a summer camp for the media, held Thursday and Friday, at the Energy Camp at the Southern Negros Geothermal Project in Valencia, Negros Oriental.

The 1st media eCamp is patterned after that of the EDC’s 11-year old summer camp “originally designed to provide a productive, educational and enjoyable activity for the youth living in the company’s host communities who usually do not have access to such”.

It was a brainchild of former EDC president and CEO, Paul Aquino, and was designed to provide not just the usual summer camp activities, such as sports and development, but also exposure to both classroom and outdoor activities, as well as address the need to develop a person’s mind and body, the EDC said.

Over the years, the EDC summer eCamp brings together high school scholars from geothermal host communities, and children of employees of the company’s various geothermal sites.

This year, as part of its commitment to extend its knowledge and skills to other communities to empower them in time of disaster, the EDC introduced the 1st media summer energy camp for Negros practitioners.

The media e-campers engaged in survival training and other physical activities, and learned the importance and benefits of geothermal energy and environmental protection.

EDC’s disaster and crisis team head, Dr. Ted Esguerra of the Mt. Everest Team, gave them tips on how to prevent disasters and accidents, and how to deal with them in case they happen.

Highlight of the camp was an adapted version of the “Amazing Race,” where participants applied everything they learned while working together and competing against other teams.*JFP

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