Power firms train for skill enhancement

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Friday, July 4, 2014


ELECTRIC cooperatives from all over Mindanao had undergone a free training and workshop on skills enhancement. The activity was a joint endeavor of the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (Amreco) and the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST).

Amreco is an aggregation of around 20 electric cooperatives in Mindanao. To improve its services, the industry-academe linkage between Amreco and MUST was launched last June 30.

MUST, with its staff of expert professors in the field, will conduct lectures to the electrical coop’s trading officers and supply nomination officers.

The recipients of the program are engineers from Moresco-1, Moresco-2, Fibeco, Buseco, Moelci-1, Moelci-2, Camelco, Laneco and Aselco. Each company was represented by two to four members.

Modules on electricity planning, power quality and reliability, transmission and distribution systems, energy efficiency and conservation, power systems economics, deregulation and restructuring, energy forecasting and modeling, and energy transmission pricing.
All of the modules were given by MUST’s top engineers, considered as among the best in Mindanao.

MUST President Dr. Ricardo Rotoras shared his enthusiasm to the program.
“We’re hoping two years from today, the bonds of the university with power sectors in Mindanao will be stronger. I look forward to this undertaking,” Rotoras said.

According to Amreco, the partnership shall facilitate the symbiotic relationship between MUST Center for Research in Engineering and Architecture (CREA) and the Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives.
It acts as a dynamic relationship with the Amreco in order to identify innovative solutions for problems and challenges encountered in each sector.

Through this, training academic programs will be possible in the future, specifically, trainings which respond to the needs of Mindanao electric coops which will lead to national development goals.

Each company has thousand recipients, and because the officers are too busy with their everyday tasks that they forget to look at the larger picture, which is to improve the electrical sector’s technical development.

Clint Django Pacana, Amreco executive director, stressed the need to keep up with the changing industry.
“It is realistic for the industry’s needs. The power sectors are in a lot of pressure especially in the increasing demand for energy in Mindanao,” Pacana said.
For 20 hours of lecture, four hours of training requirements and 34 hours of laboratory and research report, the participants were awarded a certificate of completion of the academic requirements of the degree of Masters of Engineering Program.

The participants will only be credited for the Masters of Engineering Program (MEP) if one shall complete the series of training prepared for them.

“This is a program for capability advancement for rural electrification intended to serve the general welfare of the community,” said Joy Dioxane Bullecer of Amreco.

During the workshop, the officers were asked what motivates them to continue learning and attending such trainings.

Glen, a member of the Mindanao Rural Electric Coop and other participants answered that customer satisfaction is their utmost goal.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 04, 2014.

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