Upholding and Practicing the Concept of a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind
Serving the Economic and Social Development of the Philippines with Safe and Reliable Power Supply
“A Philippine opposition Senator said that a Chinese state-owned enterprise has a lot of stake in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). It makes China capable of controlling the Philippines’ power grid, which is a threat to the country’s national security. Do you have a comment,” a reporter asked at a regular press conference held by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 27.
“To my knowledge, the State Grid Corporation of China took part in the NGCP project as a cooperation partner, providing safe, efficient and high-quality electricity services. The project is now operated, managed and maintained by the Philippine side, with the Chinese partner offering necessary technical support upon request. The allegation of China’s control over the Philippines' power grid or threat to the country's national security is completely groundless. Besides, the Chinese business also actively fulfills its social responsibilities. The 'Brighten Up' project that brings electricity to remote areas in the Philippines has been applauded by local authorities and people. The Philippines is China’s close and friendly neighbor as well as an important partner. We support Chinese businesses’ pursuit of practical, win-win cooperation in the Philippines in accordance with laws and regulations. We hope certain individuals in the Philippines will look at cooperation with China in an open, objective and impartial manner. There is no need to worry about the sky falling or imagine trouble where there is none,” Geng Shuang, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responded.
Facts speak louder than words. Over the past 10 years, State Grid has implemented President Xi Jinping's proposal of building a community with a shared future for mankind, and actively served the Belt and Road Initiative. As a major shareholder and technical partner of NGCP, State Grid has brought in its technical and management experiences through sending Chinese experts, technical exchanges and staff training, and boosted the development and efficiency of NGCP, ensuring safe, stable and reliable power supply for the country’s socioeconomic development and bringing both light and hope to the people.
Improving Power Grid Quality, Ensuring Safe and Reliable Power Supply
On January 15, 2009, NGCP began operating the national power grid of the Philippines. State Grid sent a senior management team to the Philippines after the concession was awarded. Leveraging its advantages in technology, management and talents, State Grid promotes the integration of “investment, development and operation” and the integration of “technology, equipment and standards”, gradually creating a sound environment for mutual benefit and win-win cooperation.
Over the past 10 years, electricity has enabled the people in the Philippines to live a better live. 93% of Filipinos have experienced the great changes brought by stable power supply, which is attributed to State Grid's efforts to promote the sound and rapid development of the country’s power grid.
Each year, the Philippines is suffered from typhoons, which result in severe damage to its power supply facilities. Given this, State Grid has taken the initiative to share its rich experience in emergency response management and assisted NGCP in establishing an emergency command system that covers the entire national power grid. With advanced technology and State Grid’s help, grid restoration time in disasters has been significantly shortened.
In 2014, the Philippines endured 19 typhoons. A team of experts from State Grid actively participated in the efforts to restore the power grid from natural disasters. After Typhoon Rammasun passed through in July, NGCP resumed operations of the backbone power grid within two days and repaired all damaged equipment within a fortnight. Just before Christmas the same year, Typhoon Hagupit ravaged the Philippines. Through the joint efforts of staff from both China and the Philippines, the main grid resumed operations within one week, and all damaged equipment was repaired within a fortnight. State Grid has also dispatched expert teams to the Philippines to assist NGCP in emergency repair and post-disaster recovery planning.
The 500 kV San Jose Substation supplies 40% of Manila's electricity. State Grid provided NGCP with assistance in upgrading the dispatching automation system, which greatly improved the grid dispatching management and solved the long-term problem of low voltages in Manila. As a result, power supply reliability has been enhanced constantly. To secure safe and reliable operation of Philippine grids, State Grid also helps NGCP analyze its dispatching mode and make full-year operation plans. Furthermore, with State Grid’s efforts, NGCP conducted research on renewable energy integration, enabling capacity of integrated renewables to increase year-on-year.
Historically, due to the lack of long-term planning and poor project management, safe operation of electricity network has been affected adversely. In order to improve grid planning and construction, the Chinese team has conducted in-depth studies on the load attributes of the Philippines’ power grid, made plans for the long-term target of building ring network and lattice network, carried out the project site and routes selection in advance, and expedited the construction of the main power grid, laying a foundation for future nationwide power grid interconnection.
In recent years, thanks to the close cooperation and joint efforts of both sides, NGCP has seen steady improvement in management, rapid development in power grid and stable progress in technology, operations, quality and reliability.
By the end of 2020, Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP), the key demonstration project for China-Philippines energy cooperation, will be fully completed. Then isolated grid operation in Mindanao will come to an end, and nationwide power grid interconnection will be realized in the Philippines. This also means that the Philippines will have a unified energy market, which effectively promotes renewable energy accommodation, ensuring ample electricity for every Filipino.
Fulfilling Corporate Social Responsibilities, Promoting People-to-People Bonds
State Grid has launched a series of activities to promote the Belt and Road cooperation in the Philippines, greatly benefiting local people.
As a responsible enterprise, State Grid supports NGCP in fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities, and made significant contributions to student aid programs, community development, disaster resistance and alleviation, and environmental protection.
For students, NGCP has launched the “school supplies distribution” initiative to provide full-year learning supplies to Grade 1-3 public school pupils, benefiting 135,000 students from 472 schools nationwide. With “TECHKID" project, NGCP donated 30 computer laboratories to schools across the Philippines, each equipped with 25 laptops, to facilitate computer-assisted learning. NGCP has also provided 400 full scholarships to 29 universities in the country through the Scholarship Program.
For communities, NGCP has helped 221 housewives from 6 villages and towns participate in skills training programs, which offer courses on embroidery, wood carving and cocoa bean processing. New technologies and designs have been introduced into villages and towns specializing in textiles in collaboration with public and private textile enterprises to improve their skills. The "Uniform Project" and "Innovation Project" have been gradually advanced, aiming to improve the livelihoods of the local people, bringing the Filipinos the light and hope with electricity.
In the face of natural disasters, State Grid has supported and assisted NGCP’s proactive efforts to conduct disaster alleviation training and post-disaster support programs. Within 5 years, 4,200 representatives from 120 villages and towns across 5 provinces of the Philippines have been trained. In addition, it has also helped NGCP set up 19 large-scale emergency warehouses nationwide which reserve 25,000 sets of emergency supplies, each containing enough daily necessities to last a family of five for 72 hours in the event of a natural disaster.
Besides, NGCP brings in doctors and dentists to provide free health care and dental services to 6,579 residents in 25 villages and towns along the transmission lines. Environmental conservation projects are actively carried out to protect rare species and important vegetation. 100,000 USD was donated to local residents in the disaster zone affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 to show concern and care.
On June 27, 2019, a ceremony to mark the completion and handover of the “Brighten Up” project, a poverty alleviation and electrification public welfare project by State Grid, was held in the Philippines. This was the first major corporate social responsibility project in the Philippines carried out by a Chinese enterprise. The two villages benefited by the project are located in remote areas and didn’t have access to electricity. To solve this problem, PV micro grids were applied in the project and centralized power supply was achieved, benefiting more than 1,000 local residents. Jiang Jianjun, economic and commercial counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines, said in his remarks that the project is not only a concrete manifestation of people connectivity between China and the Philippines, but also a vivid reflection of the friendship of two countries.
A partnership forged with the right approach defies geographical distance. State Grid will continue to respond to the call for a community with a shared future for mankind, serve the socioeconomic development of the Philippines with safe and reliable power supply, and make NGCP a first-class power grid enterprise in Southeast Asia.
Sources: Department of Public Relations, State Grid International Development Co., Ltd., State Grid News