SRPI, WMPC provide relief to evacuees PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 September 2013 12:40

Employees of the Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC) and San Ramon Power, Inc. (SRPI) carried out simultaneous relief operations in four evacuation sites for refugees who fled their homes at the height of the conflict between Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels and government forces in Zamboanga City.  Both SRPI and WMPC are Zamboanga-based companies of the Alsons Power Group.

Some 2,394 individuals, including 86 abandoned children,were handed breakfast items, sacks of rice, and hygiene kits. Medicines were likewise dispensed through the City Health Office.Most of the beneficiaries were given temporary shelter at the Immaculate Conception Elementary School (ICES) and Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School(ICAS) in Tetuan, Divisoria Elementary School and the regional Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-Divisoria).A day prior the relief operations, Alsons Power employees, including janitorial and security personnel participated in the purchasing, sorting, packing and delivery and distribution of goods.

Alsons Power employees also came to the relief of The Queen of Mary Sisters of the Our Lady of Ransom in Mercedes. The sisters volunteered to temporarily adopt displaced children who lost contact with their families at the height of the siege and were later rescued from the conflict areas where most of them reside. The employees from WMPC and SRPI worked hand in hand with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and volunteers from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU).

On Saturday September 21, employees ofSRPI and WMPC contributed a modest amount to be used in their feeding session for children at the ICES evacuation center. Aside from the feeding program, the employee-volunteers also laid out fun games as a form of stress therapy for the children.

The Western Mindanao Power Corporation owns and operates the 100 Mega Watt (MW) diesel powerplant in Sangali, Zamboanga City while San Ramon Power, Inc. is developing a 105 MW coal- fired power plant in Sitio San Ramon Talisayan, Zamboanga City that is expected to be operational by 2016.  Aside from WMPC and SRPI,other Alsons Power companies include: the Mapalad Power Corporation which operates a 98 MW diesel facility in Iligan City; the Southern Philippines Power Corporation which runs a 55 MW diesel plant in Alabel, Sarangani Province; and the Sarangani Energy Corporation which is a constructing a 210 MW coal plant in Maasim, Sarangani Province that will begin operating in 2015.