MVIP brings job opportunities to VisMin communities
Date Published: 6/21/2018
The planned interconnection of the Mindanao and Visayas power grids will not only strengthen the country’s transmission network, it is set to open more opportunities for employment for host communities.
The Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project or the MVIP, which will link Mindanao to the already connected Luzon-Visayas Grid, is currently in the works, and is targeted for completion in December of 2020.
With the construction of the project to run in parts of Cebu in Visayas and in Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Lanao del Norte in Mindanao, job opportunities are to become available in these areas.
Over 200 jobs will be open for employment in the substation and transmission line portions of the project. These job vacancies range from site civil and electrical engineers, timekeepers, safety officers and nurses, to laborers and skilled workers like carpenters, welders, masons, warehousemen, and electricians, among others. Local residents who are fit and qualified are given priority for the available positions.
The MVIP will directly traverse 35 barangays across the four provinces in Visayas and Mindanao. With construction to run for about two years, many residents will benefit from these prospects.
NGCP was given the go-signal by the Energy Regulatory Commission in 2017 to proceed with the interconnection project which was conceptualized by government as early as in the 1980s, but was shelved until NGCP took over the transmission business. With the planned interconnection for a single, unified Philippine power grid, the country is expected to benefit from a more safe and reliable grid with less power interruptions, and efficient use of energy resources nationwide.
"This is the largest transmission undertaking in the country's history. The benefits to the public will come not just when the facility is energized and begins to facilitate power exchange across the three main island groups, but will begin encouraging economic activity in remote areas as soon as construction begins this year," the company stressed.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr. ###