Alsons’ power plant gets DOLE safety award PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 November 2014 11:16

Alsons Power’s Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC) bagged the Bronze Award for the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) 9th Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) Awards held at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Diliman, Quezon City. Department of Labor and Employment(DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz conferred the award on WMPC Plant Manager Jose Marie T. Torrejon and WMPC Safety and Environmental Engineer JoelP. Handugan.

The GKK is the national award given by the DOLE in recognition of the outstanding achievements of industries and individuals in responding to the safety and health needs of workers, workplaces and the community.

Of the 259 companies that qualified for the award this year, only 30 made it to the final deliberations and only 15 emerged as winners. WMPC is the sole GKK winner for Mindanao, joining four other Bronze winners from other regions for the Institutional Category.

WMPC operates a 100 MW diesel-fired plant in Sangali, Zamboanga City that commenced operating in 1997. WMPC supplies power to the Mindanao grid under an 18-year Energy Conversion Agreement (ECA) with the National Power Corporation (NPC). It has set operating standards in the local power industry by becoming the first diesel power station in the country to be equipped with a desulfurization facility designed to capture sulfur dioxide in emission gasses.

Just last September, the plant was awarded the DOLE Tripartite Certificate of Compliance with Labor Standards, Certificate of Child Labor Free Establishment, Certificate of Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards. WMPC was likewise recognized by the Safety Organization of the Philippines, Inc. (SOPI) for having achieved four years of “No Lost-Time due to Accident.”These awards and recognitions take the Zamboanga City-based company one step closer to the coveted Tripartite Seal of Excellence by the DOLE Secretary.

The Alsons Power Group was the first independent power producer (IPP)in Mindanao and is one of the island’s largest power producers with three operating plants generating over 258 MW. Aside from the WMPC facility in Zamboanga City,the other diesel plants in Alsons Power’s portfolio are the 55MW Southern Philippines Power Corporation (SPPC) plant in Alabel, Sarangani Province and the 103MW Mapalad Power Corporation (MPC) plant in Iligan City.

The Alsons Power Group is also developing coal-fired power plants to help provide a stable source of baseload power for Mindanao and ensure long-term power security for the island. These facilities are the 105 MW San Ramon Power, Inc. (SRPI) plant in Zamboanga City and the 210 MW Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) plant in Maasim, Sarangani. The SEC plant is one of only two power plants that will be operating by 2015 to help provide a sustainable and lasting solution to the four-year-old Mindanao power shortage. The first 105 MW section of the SEC plant is currently under construction and is already 83% complete. The first 105 MW section of the SEC plant will begin the process of commissioning in May of 2015 and will commence operations by October of 2015. The SEC plant is expected to reach its full 210 MW capacity by the 4th quarter of 2016 or within the first half of 2017.