The provincial and local governments of Guimaras, in cooperation with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) launched its Green Spark program as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.
The Green Spark Program stimulates positive change with the introduction of green and sustainable alternative lifestyle component to NGCP’s host communities. For the project in San Lorenzo, Guimaras, NGCP partnered with Bambike Revolution Cycles, an organization supporting local tourism using bicycles made with locally sourced bamboo.
“Our efforts will usher in a new ecotourism milestone in Guimaras which will be centered on biking to explore the island’s tourist destinations. Bicycling is strongly encouraged as a sustainable and ecofriendly mode of tourism. There is minimal environmental damage. The activity produces no carbon emissions, promotes health through physical movement, and requires little to no public infrastructure to support. In addition, bamboo bicycles from Bambike use the ubiquitous, locally-sourced, and sustainable bamboo in making the bicycles, making this project uniquely Filipino,” stated the company.
In 2019, NGCP also launched the Green Spark program in the agricultural community of Brgy. Macabud, Rodriguez, Rizal, where e-vehicles complete with charging stations were provided to the community.
“NGCP’s Green Spark Program embodies what the company envisions for its communities – equipped with sustainable and eco-friendly options to drive development. Similarly, that is also what we target for transmission operations – responsive to the anticipated increase in power consumption and prepared with smart solutions to growing energy dependency,” NGCP added.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders and Vice Chairman of the Board Henry Sy, Jr. and Co-Vice Chairman Robert Coyiuto, Jr.