Veco contractor unveils training camp

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014


CERELI, a contractor of the Visayan Electric Company’s (Veco), yesterday unveiled its upgraded linesmen training camp in Talamban, Cebu.

The company also signed an agreement with Veco to ensure comprehensive training for the linesmen. Veco will provide all the training materials for Cereli.

Cereli owner and general manager Celso Lavador said his company invested P800,000 for the establishment of the 600-square meter training camp that will have a classroom that can accommodate up to 30 people. It erected poles with scrap electrical materials like primary lines and secondary lines, transformers, line arresters and a disconnect switch.

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Cereli linesmen, he said, will be trained on the Linemen Basic Training which includes pole climbing, pole dressing, pole guying and line stringing.

The linesmen will undergo a two-month training and will undergo evaluation according to Veco standards to ensure that they are equipped with skills and safety measures for the job.

Cereli has about 100 linesmen, 80 of them already fully-trained.

Develop skills

Lavador said the training camp will help linesmen develop their skills and promote teamwork and coordination among them. The camp will also serve as a ground where they can mobilize their service to Veco customers.

Veco senior vice president and chief operations officer Sebastian Lacson said the training camp will further enrich the electrical profession in Cebu.

“This will give people the access to training that will help them become professionals, whether they opt to work abroad in the future or for Cereli to accept projects abroad,” he said.

“This is also a positive development for our customers as it widens our scope to provide them the service they deserve and expect from Veco that is fast, professional, well-done and with minimal re-work,” Lacson said.

Since 2012, Veco required its contractors to have their own linesmen training camp.

Two Veco contractors - Rosch and Cereli – now have their own training camps. Two more contractors are in the process of building their own facilities, which are expected to be operational within the year.

Cereli has been Veco’s partner in live line for 14 years. They are also extending their service to some of the distribution utilities like the Mactan Enerzone, Balamban Enerzone and Subic Enerzone. Under the agreement, Veco allowed Cereli to open their training camp to other entities, whether Veco contractors or not.

Veco is the second largest electric utility in the country, serving the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay, Naga, and the municipalities of San Fernando, Consolacion and Liloan. The company also has its own Veco Development Academy, a training facility in Barangay Sirao in Cebu City.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 05, 2014.

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