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NGCP brings scholarships, other projects to host communities

09:47 AM June 25, 2024
NGCP brings scholarships, other projects to host communities

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). INQUIRER FILES

Through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is not just powering homes but also empowering lives.

Anthony Almeda, NGCP president and CEO, said NGCP is committed to social responsibility.

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“That’s why we created the CIAD (Corporate Initiatives and Advocacies Division), our CSR arm,” Almeda said.

“Through CIAD, we address the development needs of our partner communities by implementing projects that enhance residents’ quality of life, empower their capabilities, and safeguard the environment,” he said.

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One of NGCP’s flagship CSR initiatives is its scholarship program.

In 2023, NGCP partnered with 26 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) nationwide to support 400 qualified yet financially challenged students from NGCP host communities.

Scholars get comprehensive financial support, including tuition and other fees worth P15,000, uniform and book allowances at P5,000, and a monthly stipend of P5,000, totalling a subsidy of P20,000 per semester.

Many of the scholars are pursuing engineering courses, addressing the shortage of skilled engineers in the energy sector.

The NGCP also runs a scholarship program for indigenous peoples (IP), currently supporting 11 college students from IP communities.

NGCP is also supporting school children’s needs through Gamit ni Bulilit (GnB) program.

Through this initiative, NGCP has distributed essential school items to 400 schools, benefiting 100,000 learners nationwide.

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Health care access also improved in NGCP host communities, like a village in Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur which now has a newly built health center.

NGCP’s Grassroots Rice-Based Agro-Enterprise Integrated Sustainability (GRAINS) project shows its commitment to sustainable agriculture.

Collaborating with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Philippines), NGCP held a technology demonstration site for smallholder rice lands, aiming to help them achieve higher productivity and income.

Environmental protection is another cornerstone of NGCP efforts.

The Wildlife and Nature Guardians (WINGS) Project is dedicated to protecting endangered species.

NGCP is also always on the ready to deliver swift response to disasters through its Calamity Affected Relief Efforts (CARE) project, which has brought life-saving aid to countless families in the aftermath of major storms and other disasters.

The company’s infrastructure projects, like the Community Water System Project (CWSP) in Barangay Maria Cristina, Balo-I, Lanao Del Sur, have also made a significant impact, providing residents access to a reliable supply of potable water.

Through its CSR initiatives, the NGCP remains steadfast in its mission to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, serving not just as a power provider but a beacon of hope and progress for its host communities.

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