ABOITIZPOWER Distribution Utilities and Davao Light and Power Co., Inc. (Davao Light), an AboitizPower subsidiary, formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the University of Mindanao at Davao Light Admin Office C. Bangoy Sr. Street, on Nov. 14, 2023 to strengthen industry-based research and to match the graduates of the academe to the needs of the power industry
“This collaboration is a testament to our shared commitment to advancing knowledge, fostering innovation, and empowering the youth,” said Anton Mari G. Perdices, the SVP and COO of AboitizPower Distribution in his speech.
The partnership goes back to decades of collaboration on Electrical Engineering scholarship and talent acquisition. “As the partnership unfolds, it holds the promise of not only shaping the future workforce but also propelling advancements in energy distribution through cutting-edge research and development,” Perdices concluded in his speech.
“Although we have been doing this [partnership] for more than a decade, this is the first time that we have the formal MOU signing,” Dr. Eugenio S. Guhao, the Officer-in-Charge and Executive Vice President of the Academic Affairs of UM said in his speech. “By joining forces, the University of Mindanao and AboitizPower Distribution Utility are contributing to the development, skill, and knowledge of all individuals who will play a vital role in shaping the future of Davao City and beyond.”
“UM has contributed a lot to our leadership and staff which in turn contributed to our successes. With over 80 employees who are alumni of UM, the school has contributed a lot to our leadership and staff requirements, and as mentioned earlier, contributed to where we are today,” Rodger S. Velasco, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Davao Light said in his closing remarks.
Also present at the signing ceremony are Dr. Charlito L. Canesares, Dean of College Engineering Education, Engr. Randy A. Angelia, Asst. Dean of College Engineering Education, Engr. Nicanor B. Fabracuer Jr., the Program Head of Electrical Engineering, and AboitizPower leaders and engineers who are UM alumni.
The partnership aims to produce future electrical engineers who will drive advancements in the power industry and contribute to academic excellence. This is in line with Aboitiz Power Distribution and Davao Light’s massive transformative purpose of empowering the evolution of both cities and communities.
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