The Southern Philippines Power Corporation (SPPC), a subsidiary of the Alsons Power Group, partnered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the municipalities of Malapatan, Malungon, and Maasim in Sarangani Province; for the Philippine Program Against Child Labor- an initiative that seeks to combat the practice of child labor through the help of social partners.

SPPC donated bags and school supplies to 150 children in select barangays of the 3 Sarangani municipalities in support of the advocacy to promote education, a key strategic goal of the program. Among the children who received the school materials include child laborers in sugar cane and coconut plantations as well as those who engage in fishing and farming. The advocacy aims to contribute to the vision of a “child labor-free Philippines” by implementing sustainable, focused and responsive community-based programs with the help of partners such as the Alsons Power Group.

SPPC operates a 55 MW diesel plant in Alabel, Sarangani Province. It is one of 3 diesel plants in Mindanao currently operated by the Alsons Power Group.  The other two diesel facilities of Alsons Power are the 100 MW Western Mindanao Power Corporation plant in Zamboanga City and the 103 MW Mapalad Power Corporation diesel plant in Iligan City.  Aside from the diesel plant Alsons Power’s 210 MW Sarangani Energy Corporation coal fired power plant in Maasim, Sarangani will begin operating in early 2016 to provide much –needed baseload power that will help put an end to the five-year old Mindanao power shortage.