Alsons Power’s WMPC bags 2 Industrial Safety Awards PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 December 2013 13:03

The Alsons Power Group’s Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC) recently garnered two major industrial safety awards from the Safety Organization of the Philippines, Inc. (SOPI) at the 46th National Industrial Safety Convention held in Cagayan de Oro last November.

WMPC was awarded the Perfect Safety Record Award for achieving three years of perfect safety performance and the Award of Merit for achieving 1.2 million safe man-hours in the operations of its 100 Mega Watt (MW) diesel power plant in Sangali, Zamboanga City. The WMPC power plant began operating in 1997. The plant supplies power to the Mindanao grid under an Energy Conversion Agreement (EGA) with the National Power Corporation (NPC).

The SOPI industrial awards recognize companies which have achieved and maintained an accident-free workplace for its employees. To qualify, nominees must submit safety (monthly, quarterly, and annual) reports to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). SOPI will then conduct validation of the documents submitted and will determine which companies have passed the awards’ precedents.

“For the past few years, much effort has been exerted in promoting a safe workplace through the implementation of our fundamentally-sound WMPC Environment, Health and Safety Management System. We are getting rid of the convention police-type to peer-type safety program implementation,” said WMPC Safety and Environmental Engineer Joel Handugan.

Last year, WMPC also received the prestigious DOLE Secretary’s Award of Distinction as part of the agency’s 8th Search for the Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan program. Similar to the SOPI awards, this distinction recognizes companies who advocate for a safe workplace and voluntary comply with Occupational Safety and Health Standards.

Apart from 100 MW WMPC diesel plant in Zamboanga City, Alsons Power currently-operates the Southern Philippines Power Corporation’s (SPPC) 55 MW diesel plant in Alabel, Sarangani, and the 98 MW Mapalad Power Corporation (MPC) diesel plant in Iligan City.  All three power facilities have contributed to alleviating the power shortage in Mindanao.

Alsons Power is also developing coal-fired facilities 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 first 105 MW section of the SEC plant is currently under construction and will begin operating in 2015.By 2016, Alsons Power facilities will be generating at least 463 MW   – more than 1/4 of the Department of Energy’s projected 2016 Mindanao peak power demand of 1,829 MW.