Alsons Power is a company where you’d be proud to be part of that you’re willing to share the joy of working here with the rest of your family. Father and son tandem, Rolando and Marlan Jimeno, are one of the many examples of employees who’ve found their home here in Alsons…
When and how did you start your career at Alsons Power?
My name is Rolando M. Jimeno. I work as a vehicle operator in the Administration department of the Alsons Power Group. I began working for Alsons Power on August 15, 1993, when Northern Mindanao Power Corporation 1 & 2, the first BU Power plant in Mapalad Dalipuga, Iligan city, was constructed. It was a build, operate, transfer (BOT) scheme between NATIONAL POWER CORPORATION and the Alcantara Group.
I was first assigned as the driver of a Japanese consultant for one month before I was moved to the Logistics Department as a Logistics Assistant. My first three years as in the Logistics Department was very challenging and difficult, since the power plant was still in the early stages of development, there were a lot of requirements that I needed to deliver to the different departments.
On June 15 1996, the Operations department needed to hire new operators, because the previous operators had been moved to the Western Mindanao Power Corporation and Southern Power Plant Corporation, two of the plants being operated by the Alsons Power Group. From the Logistics Department, I was again transferred to the Operations Department and trained as an Auxiliary Operator. It was my first time to see the big engines and generators – equipment that are needed to run the power plant. I experienced what it was like to go inside the engine sump to clean out used oil leaf on the surface of the equipment. It was an experience like no other.
When construction for NMPC1 ended on January 30, 2004 and turned over to NAPOCOR, and with NMPC2 nearing its construction on February 08 2006, I knew I would be left without a job. So I sent a letter of interest to the HR Department stating that I would like to continue my employment with the company, and was willing to be assigned or transferred to any BU power plant, if possible. After the NMPC2 power plant had been turned over to NAPOCOR, Ms. Shower Megrenio, then the HR Supervisor at WMPC, called to inform me to report to WMPC on March 15, 2006.
I am forever grateful to God for opening this opportunity to me and thankful to Alsons Power for allowing me to continue working for them. I would also like to thank my managers, Mr. Ruben Ramilo, Pete Torrejon, and Alan Dionio, for trusting me and welcoming me to the WMPC family. I was able to bring my family safely to Zamboanga City from Iligan City and was able to raise two of my sons with the help of the company, and both are now licensed engineers. Rheymar Joseph, my eldest, is an Electrical Engineer and Marlan is a Mechanical Engineer. I am happy to share that Marlan is currently employed in another Alsons Group company, the Sarangani Energy Corporation, as a Mechanical Technician. I can still recall how Ms. Shower, reached out to Marlan after he passed the board exam to congratulate him and offer him a position here in Alsons Power.
I spent the better half of my working life here at Alsons, beginning with my journey as a driver up to now as an Auxiliary Operator. I look forward to spending more years with Alsons but this time, together with my son, who is now on his own journey of building his future.
Stay tuned as we shared the second part of this story featuring Mr. Rolando Jimeno’s son, Marlan Jimeno.