Our Leyte Geothermal Business Unit (LGBU) Project Management Team (LGBU PMT) was one of the recipients of the Yolanda Heroes, a special Lopez Achievement Awards recognition for its 2013 cycle. The Yolanda Heroes award recognizes the teams or individuals who showed acts of bravery, leadership, and selflessness during and after Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Having endured a tragic landslide in March 2013, the team had again proven its resilience when the world’s strongest tropical cyclone scarred Central Visayas and wrought havoc among its communities in November. Despite being advised early on to evacuate to Cebu, the team decided to stay and remained intact though aware of the risks and potential dangers they were about to face. There being no means of communication after the typhoon, the team was quick to respond to the rehabilitation and relief efforts even without instructions from the management.
Seeing the severity of the damage around their area, they maximized the use of the available company resources such as First Balfour’s heavy equipment to help out in road clearing. The team mobilized to remove debris off the roads and thus provide access to and from the EDC Compound as well as the main highway which served as the critical artery for the transport of relief goods and emergency supplies.
“We realized the importance of transportation at that time. We cannot help the communities around the compound if the roads are not passable,” stated Facilities Manager Benedict Suaco. Referred to by Kananga Mayor Elmer C. Codilla as the first responders, the contribution of the team was essential to the successful movement of operations for the affected communities.
The team’s nomination to the LAA, Strategic Contracting for Sustainable Growth, was also cited as a semi-finalist in the 2013 cycle. Majority of the team members came straight from Leyte to attend the awarding ceremony which was held last September 24 at the Dolphy Theater, ABS-CBN Compound, Quezon City.