Malampaya and provincial government sign MOA for programs in Oriental Mindoro
POSTED: Thursday, September 19th, 2013
The Malampaya Foundation Inc. (MFI) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the provincial government of Oriental Mindoro, reaffirming its commitment to fight poverty through skills training and livelihood programs particularly in the coastal areas of the province.
Under the agreement, MFI and the provincial government will each contribute to a common fund that will be used for PANDAYAN-BEST scholarship program (Pangkabuhayang Dalubhasaan ng Bayan -Bridging Employment thru Skills Training), which is given yearly to out-of-school and unemployed youths.
Grantees to the program, after passing a qualifying examination, will be brought to industry partners in Batangas where they will undergo an intensive five-month training on a shielded metal arch welding (SMAW) course administered by a Technical Education and Skills Development Authority ((TESDA)-accredited training institution.
Governor Alfonso V. Umali Jr., and Vice-Governor Humerlito A. Dolor both represented the local government of Oriental Mindoro in the said memorandum, while MFI Executive Director Karen Agabin signed for the Malampaya Joint Venture Partners.
In a recent meeting at the session hall of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in Calapan, Agabin said that at least 630 young Mindorenos have already been trained in the BEST program, in close coordination with Bulalacao, Mansalay and Baco, the three towns in the province that set up their own technical-vocational schools and Calapan City. Most of the graduates are now employed in various establishments in Mindoro and Batangas, as well as in the Middle East. The BEST program has been implemented since 2008.
Gov. Umali has commended the collaboration which exemplifies the kind of public-private partnership (PPP) being encouraged by President Benigno Aquino III. Umali sits in the governing board of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) as president of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, and described Malampaya as a reliable partner in sustainable development, and a corporate citizen sensitive to the needs of his constituents.
Also included is the agreement on coastal resource management which both parties have pledged to enhance with emphasis on sustainable development, poverty alleviation and support for local culture and creativity. The MOA also covers the last phase of an English-language proficiency course for public schoolteachers and other government employees.
Oriental Mindoro Provincial Administrator Angel Saulong, MFI Program Manager Teddy Bolivar, Board Members Paulo Luna, Jojie Malapitan, Apolo Feraren, Raf Infantado, Ryan Arago, Manny Andaya, Butch Buenaventura, Flor de Rojas, Mae Talens, Lito Camo and department heads of the provincial capitol, were on hand to witness the signing last July 26.
The Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power project is one of the largest and most significant industrial endeavors in Philippine history, heralding the birth of the natural gas industry in the country. A joint undertaking between the Philippine national government and the private sector, the technologically innovative gas project is spearheaded by the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE), and developed and operated by Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (SPEX) on behalf of joint venture partners Chevron Malampaya LLC and the PNOC Exploration Corporation under Service Contract No. 38 (SC 38).
Production of natural gas to fuel three gas-fired power stations with a combined capacity of 2,700 megawatts commenced in October 2001, providing countless benefits to the country, including meeting up to 45% of Luzon’s power generation requirements, reduced oil imports, stable supply of energy and cleaner source of power. Natural gas is the fuel for sustainable growth and development, helping to meet the world’s future energy needs as the cleanest-burning fossil fuel with a globally abundant and diverse supply.