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SUBJECT: NOMINATION FOR AWARD FOR CORPORATE EXCELLENCE: QUEZON POWER (PHILIPPINES), LIMITED COMPANY
REF: A)State 51406 B)State 34898
¶1. Post is pleased to nominate Quezon Power Limited Company, one of
the Philippines largest power generation companies, for the Award
for Corporate Excellence in the small/medium enterprise category.
The company operates a 460-megawatt coal-fired power plant with a
31-kilometer transmission line in Mauban, Quezon. Quezon Power
sells electricity to the largest distribution utility in the
Philippines. Founded during the major energy crisis of the late
1990s, Quezon Power established programs to improve the quality of
life in the community where its plant is located. Quezon Power is
an outstanding example of a socially and environmentally responsible
Good Corporate Citizenship
¶2. In 1996, the company implemented the Quezon Power Sustainable
Development Program which demonstrates innovation and diversity in
Quezon Power’s focus on education, health, the environment, and the
livelihood and development of infrastructure in Mauban, the
community where its plant is located. The Quezon Power Trails
Program trains farmers and small entrepreneurs, and funds
vocational-technical scholarships for out-of-school youth. The
program supports two cooperatives. Over 200 members of one
cooperative have been trained in reforestation, nursery management,
construction, painting and financial management. The other
cooperative focuses on women and has trained mothers in proper
nutrition and reproductive health, marketing, and food preparation.
¶3. In partnership with the University of the Philippines Open
University and the local government, Quezon Power established the
Teacher Development Training Program to enhance public elementary
school teachers’ skills in Math, Science and English. Forty-one
public school teachers have been the beneficiaries of this master
equivalency program. Quezon Power also provides free education to
the most qualified students, resulting in about a hundred high
school graduates and university degrees.
¶4. Quezon Power’s sustained presence in the region has helped
residents move from poverty to self-sufficiency. Quezon Power
conducts regular free clinics at the plant site, regional medical
and dental missions, and periodic outreach to remote villages.
These missions have provided health care to over 20,000 patients.
Mauban, once an impoverished community, is now prosperous.
Responsible Environmental Stewardship
¶5. Quezon Power believes in producing reliable energy without
comprising its surrounding environment. The company follows
environmental guidelines that meet or exceed local and international
environmental standards. Quezon Power uses a highly efficient
filtration device that removes particles from the air using an
electrostatic charge. It also maintains continuous emissions
monitoring system and waste water treatment facilities.
¶6. Quezon Power monitors ambient air quality, noise, stack
emissions, and surface and groundwater quality. Additionally,
Quezon Power also observes the environmental health of Lamon Bay,
which abuts plant property. Quezon Power’s environmental team tests
soil to ensure that the plant does not adversely impact surrounding
agriculture. Quezon Power received the 2007 Best Environmental
Company Award from the Asian Power Awards and the 2007 Corporate
Social Responsibility Excellence Award for Environment from the
American Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Local Economic Development
¶7. Quezon Power provides significant economic and social benefits
to Mauban and to Quezon Province by supporting local business and
contractors, as well as micro-entrepreneurship through its
development program. About 750 local residents work in Quezon
Power’s food and beverage concessionaire and its local cooperative.
Quezon Power’s reliable electricity supply to the Luzon grid allows
for the recent development of small enterprises in the area. This
support has resulted in a long-term revenue stream of about PHP 2.2
billion (about $162 million) to the local government.