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PIA Press Release
2006/10/27

LGU execs visit SPPC

Sarangani (27 October) -- In response to the invitation of Chief Executive Officer Paul G. Dominguez of the Sagittarius Mines, Incorporation (SMI), the municipal officials of this town led by Mayor Claudius G. Barroso visited the project site of the Southern Philippines Power Corporation (SPPC) at Maribulan, Alabel, Saranggani Province on October 20.

No less than SMI Chief Executive officer Paul G. Dominguez received with warm welcome Mayor Claudius G. Barroso, Vice-Mayor Pedro A. Cagas, Sangguniang Bayan Members Azucena G. Constantino, Relly A. Leysa and James S. Cagas; Municipal Administrator Bienvenido F. Barroso and party at the plant site of SPPC.

During the project briefing on the company’s operations programs and activities, CEO Dominguez said the purpose of his invitation is to show the modern, highly computerized and efficient industrial plant like the power plant of the SPPC that could be established once the mining operation will start in Tampakan.

He said SPPC is a member of the Alcantara Group established in 1966-196. As a bunker fed diesel power, this power plant was established as a response to the acute power shortage and would eventually spur economic growth in the SOCSKSARGEN area as basic need to run the industrial and residential power need requirements.

“Itong planta na to is rated 55 MW and is contracted to the National Power Corporation as our lone customer. Ito na rin ‘yong guarantor ng SOCSKSARGEN power kaya minimum lang ang brown-out sa General Santos City.”

“This is a relatively small plant na kung itatayo doon sa Tampakan maging 5 to 10 times bigger than this plant that could be a source of a sufficient and dependable power supply when mine is developed in Tampakan,” Dominguez disclosed.

After the brief presentation on the company’s background, the group was toured to the power plant substation, control room (heart of the operation), engine room to the support facilities like the warehouse, maintenance shop and laboratory and to the selting pond. Not long after, the group proceeded to breeding station, fish hatchery and packing house at Lun Masla, Malapatan, Saranggani Province where lunch was served at the guest house.

In the afternoon, almost all the time was spent roaming around the 400 hectares fish ponds where the group enjoyed watching thousand of bangus fish being harvested ready for market in nearby towns, cities and abroad.

In the later part of the tour, the group proceeded to the receiving building where all the harvested bangus fish are sorted and processed for marination, smoked and as a freeze frozen bangus. (EAV/PIA 12) [top]

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