3 Leyte companies get
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Three companies in the province of Leyte have been awarded recently
by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for their
exemplary environmental performance.
The three companies
were identified as the Energy Development Corporation based in Kananga,
Leyte; Green Core Geothermal Inc. in Ormoc City and the Philippine
Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation in Isabel, Leyte.
The three companies
were among the 12 other companies that were cited and were presented
the Seal of Approval under the agency’s Philippine Environment
These new 15 companies
bring to 39 the number of awarded firms since 2009, DENR Secretary
Ramon Paje disclosed during the awarding ceremonies at the DENR Social
PEPP supports the
aspiration of industries towards self-regulation. It aims to promote
corporate social responsibility among the local industries,
particularly those that consider environmental protection an important
part of sound governance.
The DENR Official Seal
of Approval for Track 1 awardees is valid for one year. Industries
that fall under this category should have had no cases filed against
them by the Pollution Adjudication Board of the DENR for three years
prior to their date of application; have fully complied with all
applicable environmental laws, rules, and regulations; and have a
proven record of superior environmental performance.
The PEPP Track 1
recipients will benefit from relaxed requirements in the frequency of
submission of reports, longer validity of permits, and simplified
requirements for securing an Environmental Compliance Certificate for
The PEPP covers all
industrial and commercial establishments, both public and private,
including agri-industrial facilities, manufacturing and commercial
enterprises, and other facility services.
The companies bestowed
with the award, under “Track 1” category, for “going beyond simple
compliance, and being driven by competitiveness, image, and supply
chain requirements to improve their performance” include Aboitiz Power
- Hedcor, Inc. (Beckel, Benguet); PSI Technologies, Inc. (Taguig);
Holcim Philippines - Bacnotan Plan (La Union); STMicroelectronic, Inc.
(Calamba City, Laguna); KEPCO Ilijan Corporation Philippines (Ilijan,
Batangas); Aboitiz Power Renewables, Inc. - Mak-Ban Geothermal Plant
(Bay, Laguna); Aboitiz Power Renewables, Inc. - Tiwi Geothermal Plant
(Tiwi, Albay); Energy Development Corporation (Kanangga, Leyte); Green
Core Geothermal, Inc. (Ormoc, Leyte); Philippine Associated Smelting
and Refining Corporation (Isabel, Leyte); Nestle Philippines, Inc. -
CDO Factory (Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City); Holcim Philippines - Davao
Plant (Ilang, Davao City); Alliance Select Foods International (Tambler,
General Santos City); Southern Philippines Power (Alabel, Saranggani
Province); and Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. - General Santos
Plant (Bula, General Santos City).
In the same occasion,
Absolut Distillers, Inc. was awarded a Special Citation for
Environmental Excellence, for winning the Green Apple Award in London,
England, last November 14. The citation award was received by business
tycoon Dr. Lucio Tan. Absolut Distillers was also one of the PEPP
Track 1 awardees in 2009.