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NP Board designates Chief Legal Counsel again as Napocor OIC Prexy as Marcos resigns

The National Power Board early this week has designated National Power Corporation (Napocor) Acting SVP & COO and Vice President/Legal Counsel Atty. Melchor Ridulme as Officer-in-Charge after sitting OIC DOE Undersecretary Donato Marcos tendered his resignation, effective immediately.

Marcos who stated health issues in his notice of resignation said that he also wants to concentrate on his role as career undersecretary at the Department of Energy in the meantime.
Atty. Ridulme will be Napocor’s OIC until a new Appointive Director is nominated by President-elect Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and formally elected as President and CEO by the National Power Board.

The NP Board has given him authority to approve and act on pressing matters that confront Napocor. This includes but is not limited to the following: sign contracts relating to the procurement of goods and services, approve disbursements of the corporation’s financial transactions, release funds and approve payroll of employees and personnel, issue office orders, and memoranda, and sign promotional appointments of employees.

Meanwhile, Atty. Ridulme said that the Corporation has recently finalized its inputs for the transition report being prepared by the Department of Finance for the next administration.
“Napocor management and our Office of the Corporate Secretary are also updating documents and presentations for the incoming Cabinet Secretaries and their alternates who will make up Napocor’s Governing Board,” Ridulme said.

NPC signs memorandum of understanding with PTFCF for watershed conservation & management

National Power Corporation (NPC) Officer-in-Charge Usec. Donato D. Marcos on Tuesday signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF)

Napocor opens its reforestation program to the private sector, provides avenue for power providers to offset carbon emission
 
State-owned National Power Corporation launches the Energy Sector Carbon Sequestration Initiative (ESCSI), a program that taps the private power generators to join the cause in mitigating the effects of climate change through reforestation.
 
“This program opens the nine watershed reservations under our stewardship to private entities who wish to offset their carbon footprint and contribute to the improvement of the country’s forest ecosystem and biodiversity,” said Forrester Emmanuel A. Umali, Napocor’s Watershed Management Department Manager.
 
The nine watersheds open for this program are Angat Watershed in Bulacan, Buhi-Barit Watershed in in Camarines Sur, Caliraya-Lumot Watershed in Laguna, Lake Lanao-Agus Watershed in Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte, Makiling-Banahaw Watershed in Batangas, Laguna and Quezon, Pulangi Watershed in Bukidnon, San Roque Watershed in Pangasinan, Tiwi Watershed in Camarines Sur and Albay, and Upper Agno Watershed in Benguet and Ifugao.
 
Napocor said that there’s a total of 56,000 hectares of watershed land open for reforestation under ESCSI.
 
As mandated by Republic Act 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Act of 2001 (EPIRA), Napocor is tasked to also undertake watershed protection and rehabilitation functions to reservations that support power generation. In pursuit of this mandate, it is allocated with one-fourth of one centavo (P0.0025) of the Universal Charge – Environmental Charge collected from all electricity end-users.
 
“With the support of our private generators or power producers, we can hasten the restoration of the cited areas and contribute to providing livelihood and job employment opportunities in host communities. This will likewise greatly benefit our indigenous peoples in our watershed areas,” Umali said.

Palace names DOE Usec as NPC OIC 

President Rodrigo R. Duterte approves the designation of Donato D. Marcos, Undersecretary of the Department of Energy as Officer-in-Charge of the National Power Corporation (NPC) to which he will serve in a concurrent position. 

Marcos is replacing Atty. Melchor P. Ridulme, Vice President for Legal Affairs who was previously designated as OIC following the early demise of the corporation’s President and CEO, Pio J. Benavidez. 

Acting on the letter signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to the Finance Secretary, the National Power Board on Wednesday afternoon (August 18) held a special meeting to formally welcome Marcos to NPC.

 

As Napocor OIC, 'Doneng' Marcos was given the authority to oversee the day-to-day activities of the corporation, and execute its plans, programs and policies approved by the Board and those authorized as well by existing laws, rules and regulations; to represent NPC in all dealings and transactions with offices and agencies of the government and with other entities, subject to Board confirmation and applicable provisions under the corporation’s manual of approvals; and to act on all personnel movements and promotional appointments subject to existing Civil Service Commission guidelines. 

Marcos has held the position of DOE Undersecretary since 2014, being responsible for an array of portfolios which include energy efficiency and conservation, alternative fuels, energy resource development (coal, oil and gas), downstream oil industry management and nuclear energy program, among others. 

Although he retains his present position as Undersecretary, Marcos said that he has sought permission from Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi to relinquish some of his functions in order to allot more time and energy in leading NPC.

 

“Apart from ensuring smooth operations and prudence in the use of its resources, we would also like to focus on impactful projects that will benefit stakeholders especially the poor and some of the minority groups that NPC affects,” Marcos said. 

 

He also emphasized that since the DOE under the helm of Secretary Cusi and NPC has a common goal of realizing the Duterte administration’s total electrification program, one of his priorities would be the seamless implementation of programs from policy, regulation until actual implementation. 

 

Marcos has also expressed his enthusiasm in empowering NPC employees and personnel nationwide as he believes that every single one of them contributes to the attainment of corporate goals. 

 

He also intends to bring into fore as OIC, his experiences and trainings in hydropower technology in Slovenia, Czech Republic and Prague, renewable energy from Germany, and in nuclear energy technology from various parts of the world. 

Prior to his stint at the DOE, Marcos was President Emeritus and National President of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines. He was also Municipal Vice-Mayor of Paombong town in Bulacan from July 1, 2004 to March 21, 2005 and eventually became the Municipal Mayor thereafter following the demise of the incumbent mayor. He was mayor until June 30, 2013. 

 

He has a degree in Mining Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology and finished his master’s degree in public administration from Manuel L. Quezon University. He is married to Maryann P. Marcos and together, they have three children.

Napocor joins Mindoro co-ops meeting to address power shortage

State-owned National Power Corporation (Napocor) on Friday will join a meeting of Mindoro electric cooperatives and other energy agencies to find permanent solutions to the shortage of power supply in Mindoro Island. 

The meeting is in response to the earlier directive of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi to Napocor OIC Donato D. Marcos and Department of Energy Undersecretary Emmanuel P. Juaneza to craft and execute solutions to the power problems of Mindoro, particularly Occidental Mindoro. The secretary will also be joining the meeting personally.

“We will present and explore ways on how Napocor can extend assistance in securing a reliable power supply in the island, one of which is the readiness of our 69 kV transmission line system that can help trade power between Oriental and Occidental Mindoro,” said Napocor OIC Donato D. Marcos.

Napocor said that it has completed the loop linking the two provinces into a single 69 kV transmission line system. Although the newly completed Mamburao to Puerto Galera and San Jose to Mansalay lines have not yet been energized, Napocor said they are ready to operate them.

Napocor said that it will also discuss in the meeting the status of its power plants in Mindoro islands such as Lubang and Cabra, timeline of its programs for the island as contained in its missionary electrification plan, and the feasibility of deploying a power barge in Mindoro.

Napocor, as mandated by the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 or Republic Act 9136, is tasked to perform missionary electrification in the farthest communities and islands. It is in this capacity that the corporation operates 278 Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) plants and the transmission line systems of five island provinces in the country.