About the Energy Education Program

The Energy Education Program or Energy Ed is an advocacy of One Meralco Foundation (OMF), the corporate foundation and social responsibility arm of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).

Launched in 2014, its goal is to promote a deeper appreciation and responsible use of energy especially among the youth by developing learning materials, compatible with the K-12 curriculum of the Department of Education (DepEd), that allow energy concepts and issues to be taught and discussed in the classroom.

To kickstart the program, OMF partnered with DepEd and the Cebu-based Coalition for Better Education (CBE) to develop the first Energy Ed Learning Cards, a set of flashcards that allow for a more interactive and engaging classroom discussion on energy. These cards may be classified into three types: Knowledge (Know) cards are basically question-and-answer type cards; Do (Activity) cards teach energy topics in a more dynamic and creative way; and PBL (Project Based Learning) cards enable students to solve certain issues concerning energy as a group.

Thirty seven (37) select educators from various public elementary and high school all over the country convened for weeks to develop the first set of 350 flashcards which will soon be used in teaching energy topics not only in the Science and Technology subjects but also in Mathematics, English, History and Values Education in 1,000 schools nationwide.

To make these learning materials accessible to more students and teachers, OMF launched the EnergyEd.ph website, an online portal which contains not only downloadable versions of the Energy Ed Learning Cards but also interactive games and quizzes, updates about the Energy Education program, opportunities for teacher trainings in Energy Ed, among others.

Latest News

  • Energy Ed goes south

    February 03, 2018 2

    In an effort to reach more schools in the Philippines, the Meralco Energy Education Program awarded Energy Ed kits to schools in the Davao and SOCCSKSARGEN regions. 21 elementary schools, 7 secondary schools and 4 integrated schools received the Energy Ed Kits on September 13, 2017 at the Green Leaf Hotel, General Santos City. The event was attended by teachers and school heads from various institutions in the said regions with their respective regional office personnel. Teacher-authors Trina Eleptico and Marivi Castro demonstrated to the participants how to integrate the use of energy education flashcards inside the classrooms. Ms Marivi, a teacher from General Santos SPED IS, expressed in full glee and delight that the flashcards have been useful in order to motivate her students who are children with special needs into learning topics related to energy. The flashcards in their colorful and fun designs encourages students especially visual learners to focus on the discussion. She also added that the cards significantly increased classroom participation. Mr Neil Rara, project officer of One Meralco Foundation, highlighted the vision of the organization to help the Filipinos all over the country especially those in Mindanao. Despite being a Luzon-based company, they have always extended their arms for help and support to communities especially schools in Mindanao. OMF in partnership with Coalition for Better Education seeks to increase the knowledge on energy education all over the Philippines through the Energy Education Program.

  • Region IV warmly welcomes Energy Ed

    February 03, 2018 3

    Teachers and school heads all over Region IV-A received Energy Ed with warm welcomes despite the heavy rains on August 29, 2017 at Meralco Multi-Purpose Gym. 73 elementary schools and 8 integrated schools attended the event and were awarded with the Energy Ed kits. The Energy Ed Kit is a set of learning resource materials, in a form of flashcards, designed to introduce energy concepts to K12 students. 1000 kits were produced by One Meralco Foundation in 2017 for distribution to DepEd schools. During the kit distribution activity, Ms Luchi Flores, Executive Director of the Coalition for Better Education and One Meralco Foundation’s implementing partner for this program introduced the Energy Education Program. This was also followed by a short discussion on the use and importance of Project/Problem-Based Learning (PBL), one of the key learning strategies used in the development of the flashcards. Teacher-authors Michael Morella and Mona dela Cruz shared experiences and best practices on how to use the cards inside the classroom. Ms Mona went to the crowd and started asking the teachers a few questions that can be found on Knowledge Cards. These sent the crowd into bursts of energy and laughter as they tried to best each other to get the right answer. Mr Neil Rara, Project Officer of One Meralco Foundation expressed that the Energy Ed Program is Meralco’s way of expanding its coverage to more schools in the region. Before there were only a few schools reached through the School Electrification Program by the company but through Energy Ed, OMF is able to impart the importance of energy education and energy efficiency to more students and schools across the country. Energy Ed looks forward to reaching more schools over the country within the next few months.


    February 03, 2018 4

    The Seal of Excellence in Education Development (SEED) Program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc (RAFI) is an annual data gathering and research-based awards program for all public elementary and secondary schools in Cebu, which aims to improve school governance by strengthening the capacity and involvement of school community stakeholders in jointly making decisions towards the continuous improvement of learning and promotion of students’ welfare. The school evaluation looks into four (4) key result areas (KRAs), namely: Organizational Management, Instruction, Learning Environment and Performance. The search for the Top 5 from both elementary and secondary levels is carried out by an assessment and site validation conducted by a multi-sectoral team selected by RAFI. For the program’s second year, CBE was tapped as one of the team members, representing the NGO sector, and assigned the KRA on Organizational Management. The Organizational Management component composed 30% of the assessment and site validation. Another 30% goes to Instruction, 25% to Performance and 15% to Learning Environment. CBE joined other representatives from the private sector and civil society in early to mid December 2017 for the site validation of 10 elementary schools: Candabong Elementary School (Alcantara), Buanoy Central Elementary School (Balamban), La Paz Elementary School (Bogo City), Boljoon Central Elementary School (Boljoon), Napo Elementary School (Carcar City), Mabolo Elementary School (Mabolo), Dalaguete Central Elementary School (Dalaguete), Maguikay Elementary School (Mandaue City), Basdiot Elementary School (Moalboal) and Tajao Central Elementary School (Pinamungajan). As validator, CBE reviewed documents presented by the school that highlight best practices and exemplify their performance. Focusing on organizational management, particularly in terms of financial processes and resource mobilization, CBE pored over means of verification (MOVs) such as liquidation reports, budget plans, policies and manuals. The organization objectively rated the concerned school based on rubrics developed by RAFI and DepEd. After site validation, the schools were given feedback by the team on how to further improve school management. CBE’s participation in this year’s SEED search underscores the organization’s advocacy of involving the community for efficient school governance. Improving the quality of education is always possible with an inclusive approach and when families and communities work together for the benefit of our learners.

About OMF

One Meralco Foundation (OMF) is the corporate foundation and social responsibility arm of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the largest electricity distribution utility in the Philippines.

It is a donee institution accredited by the Philippine Council of NGO Certification (PCNC), a registered social welfare and development agency under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and a member of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE), and the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF).

OMF’s primary mission is to make electricity within the reach of low income families in the Meralco franchise area, provide an alternative source of electricity to off-grid schools and indigenous peoples’ communities, and help expedite restoration of power services in communities affected by disasters such as typhoons. It also promotes community development by supporting community relations (grassroots) programs of Meralco and its subsidiaries, skill/talent development programs for the youth.

The foundation also provides opportunities for employees of Meralco and its subsidiaries to give back to society by donating to its fund-raising activities or through volunteerism.

About CBE

The Coalition for Better Education (CBE, www.cbephils.net) , is a conglomerate of individuals and institutions in the Philippines based in Cebu City, that is committed to promote and enhance quality education in the country through policy advocacy, teacher training, research and development and other support services for education. It is a Microsoft accredited training service provider and partners with Philippine industry leaders like Aboitiz Group of Companies (power, banking), Ramon Aboitiz Foundation (one of the biggest family foundations in the Phils), One Meralco Foundation (biggest electric/power corporation in the Philippines), SMART Telecommunications, Globe Telecom (the two leading telecommunications companies in the Phils), among a few, in the conduct of corporate social responsibility programs for education. It is the only accredited member-institution in SEAsia of the International Society for Technology in Education (USA). CBE takes pride in working closely with the Department of Education in implementing various education programs nationwide and producing world-class K to 12 teachers.