Macajalar Bay Development Alliance chair and Balingasag, Misamis Oriental Mayor Marrietta Abogado (center) receives a P204,175.37 check from Steag State Power, Inc. led by (from left) community relations manager Ghaye Alegrio, sports committee chair Jessie Detoro, Macajalar Bay Development Alliance project manager Kristine Galarrita and Steag State Power, Inc. deputy plant manager Melvin Alvarez. photo by mark francisco
STEAG State Power, Inc. on Monday handed out a check worth P204,175 to Macajalar Bay Development Alliance as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Currently chaired by Balingasag Mayor Marrietta Abogado, the Macajalar Bay Development Alliance is run by 13 coastal municipalities of Misamis Oriental from Laguindingan to Kinoguitan and the city El Salvador as well as the city of Cagayan de Oro. Its thrust is for the conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable development of coastal resources in Macajalar Bay.
“Macajalar is an important resource of Steag because this is where our coal coming from Indonesia is unloaded. This is our contribution to the future of our community. We have gone beyond providing electric power to sustain Mindanao. We are helping improve the quality of life of people,” Ghaye Alegrio, Steag State Power, Inc. community relations manager said during the check turnover.
For her part, Abogado thanked Steag State Power, Inc. for its continuing support to the Macajalar Bay Development Alliance through the years most notably during her three-year term that would last until 2019.
Abogado said that Steag’s laudable efforts are a symbol of the very strong partnership between the power firm not only in terms of protecting Macajalar Bay but the whole ecosystem of its wider Northern Mindanao community.
Steag State Power, Inc. maintains a total of 16 hectares of mangrove in six municipalities within Macajalar Bay. The P204,175 amount in the check was generated through the 4th Steag Environment Golf Tournament that was held in November 2016 at Camp Evangelista Golf Club in Cagayan de Oro City.
The Macajalar Bay Development Alliance maintains a total of 145.71 hectares of marine protected areas within the bay, totaling 25 in all or 0.08 percent of Macajalar Bay.
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