Alsons Power Eyes to Skill 1,800 Mindanaoans in Two Years

Alsons Power Group is committed to enhancing its collaborative efforts with the Technical Education Skills Authority (TESDA) in SOCSKSARGEN along with the local governments, to meet the increasing demand for skilled technical-vocational graduates in the Mindanao region.
Alsons Power Group led by Ruben Tungpalan, Vice President for Corporate Affairs (2nd from left), discusses with TESDA Sarangani Provincial Director Alfredo Panuela, Jr. (center) strategies to effectively expand the joint technical vocational training program, aimed at reaching more residents of Maasim, Sarangani in 2024.

Alsons Power Group is committed to enhancing its collaborative efforts with the Technical Education Skills Authority (TESDA) in SOCSKSARGEN along with the local governments, to meet the increasing demand for skilled technical-vocational graduates in the Mindanao region. The partnership aims to offer free training and education to a minimum of 1,800 individuals from Mindanao in the next two years.

Mindanao, with around 40 percent out of the approximately 22 million Filipinos living below the poverty threshold nationwide, is experiencing notable growth in economic zones and industrial centers. This has led to increased economic activity and many opportunities for skilled workers.

In 2021, the Asian Development Bank highlights the importance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in developing graduates with in-demand technical skills and essential soft skills needed to thrive in a dynamic job market. As of late, the government has focused on bridging the skills gap between industries and the labor workforce.

Driven by this understanding, Alsons Power Group, a key player in the Mindanao energy market, is stepping up its community development efforts in terms of building the capabilities of the residents in its host communities. This year, the power firm is even more focused on talent development to meet the growing demand for a skilled workforce capable of adapting to a changing economic environment in the area.

In 2023, Alsons Power, in collaboration with TESDA – Sarangani, and TESDA – SOCSKSARGEN Manpower Development Center (TESDA – TSOX/MDC) provided free technical education and skills training to 45 residents in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM). In addition to the free TVET, the partnership has also taken the extra step of sponsoring the learners’ National Competency, Level – 2 (NC-II) Assessment, supporting the newly minted graduates with start-up kits and allowances.

“Alsons Power is dedicated to more than just supplying electricity. We recognize that investing in technical and vocational training for residents is a concrete manifestation of our brand promise – We Power with Care. We want to unlock the potential of the Mindanaoans, by offering them avenues for employment or entrepreneurship,” Mr. Ruben G. Tungpalan, VP for Alsons Power’s Corporate Affairs said.

Alsons operates four power facilities in Mindanao, providing electricity to over eight million individuals in 14 cities and 11 provinces. The portfolio includes the Sarangani Energy Baseload Plant in Maasim, Sarangani, with a capacity of 210 megawatts (MW). Alsons also is developing a 14.5 run-of-river hydroelectric facility in the area, marking the company’s entry into renewable energy.

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