Sustainability - Social Impact

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

The engagement efforts are aimed at achieving Citicore’s goals and objectives. We co-design community interventions and engagement programs with target stakeholders and communities to develop sense of ownership and generate sustained benefits.

 

Our programs are guided through adherence to the following regulatory compliance:

  • Implementation of ER 1-94: Formulation and implementation of community development programs aligned with the prescribed priority program of the Department of Energy utilizing the financial benefits to the host communities from the energy generation company.
  • Application of Tree Cutting Permit: For every one tree cut, the company has to plant 100 trees as replacement mandated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Watershed Management and Land Use Conversion
  • Human Rights Protection

 

Citicore programs are divided into three thematic groups aligned in its three Pillars.

 

 

FIRST THEME

Education and Awareness

First Theme: Education and Awareness

 

The program will focus on providing access to education and build awareness in renewable energy.

 

External stakeholders who will serve as key partners will be universities and local government.

 

Program 1.1: The Usbong Scholarship Program “A help that grows”

The Usbong Scholarship Program will provide financial, technical and moral support to young students to pursue tertiary education focusing in Agriculture, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. The goal is to equip scholars with the necessary educational and technical foundations needed to enter the future workforce as an industry professional and provide them with vital economic opportunities necessary to pull both themselves and their associated families out of poverty.

 

Program 1.2: Bantay Basa and Brigada Eskwela

The Bantay Basa Program is literacy program offering an unconventional approach in encouraging students to read and write by utilizing learning enforcement tools. The goal is to supplement Department of Education’s Literacy Program within Citicore host communities where resources are scarce and limited.

 

The Bantay Basa Literacy Program was piloted in Citicore Biomass as majority of the parents especially women in the communities are employed in Citicore Plantations where mostly are non-readers and/or lacking the skills to teach their children at home. Teaching parents to teach their children is the program’s long -term plan as Program implementation is extended to communities in partnership with the host schools to encourage Non-readers/Non-writing parents to learn with their children.

 

Brigada Eskwela is an annual provision of support to Schools where Citicore operates before the opening of classes.

 

Program 1.3: Internship and Citicore Scholars Outreach Program

 

The Internship Program offers university students a venue to experience working in the field of biotechnology and renewable energy. Interns will be embedded into various company departments and will essentially work for free in exchange for gaining experience.

 

Scholars Outreach program provides scholars an opportunity to give back to the Company through community service, participation on implementing community programs and conducting IECs within their communities.

 

Program 1.4: Stakeholder Study Tour Program

 

The Stakeholder Study Tour Program is about building awareness on renewable energy for a target stakeholder. The program aims to provide stakeholders with a first-hand look on the advantages of renewable energy and the necessary benefits it can provide with their communities. The program will target mainly LGUs, Regulatory bodies, Universities and attached agencies.

 

Program 1.5: Procurement of Calamity or Crop Insurance for the Communities

 

Philippines being a country often visited with natural calamities, procurement of Calamity or Crop Insurance for the communities where we operate is beneficial and appropriate. The goal of this program is to generate funds from other sources to fund foundation’s relief operations and/or prevent farmers in the communities from total lost.

SECOND THEME

Livelihood

Second Theme: Education and Awareness

 

The programs will focus on providing sustainable livelihood opportunities to targeted stakeholders, through collaboration with external stakeholders, such as people’s organizations, farmers’ cooperatives, LGUs and DENR, who will serve as key partners.

 

Program 2.1: People’s Organization (Cooperative and Association)

Citicore will provide financial and technical assistance to help farmers form themselves into cooperatives, which will undertake various livelihood programs for the community. The goal of this project is to “Help people, help themselves”.

 

Program 2.2: Agro-solar social Program

The Agro-solar social program drives the advocacy of the company that agriculture and innovation can co-exist. The program will be implementing vegetation and sheep farming initiatives in applicable areas where our solar operations are located. The goal of this program is to provide supplemental livelihood to the communities, which provides cooling effect to plants’ hot surfaces, helping solar generation output and supporting land conversion requirements.

THIRD THEME

Biodiversity

Third Theme: Biodiversity

 

While the effects of Climate change are already being felt, programs pushing for the utilization of renewable energy sources and environmental initiatives are still lacking in a rapidly developing techno-savvy country.

 

Citicore’s environment program, which includes waste management, social and economic sustainability, eco-tourism, biomass plantations and tree planting, is a restoration and conservation program. The company plants 1:100 trees in support to DENR’s enhanced national greening program and supports our compliance requirements and biomass plantations as we convert denuded and degraded land into a functional tropical forest.