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Mindanao-Visayas power grid interconnection to create jobs – NGCP

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Jobs are expected to be created in at least three provinces in Mindanao, which will be connected to the Visayas power grid, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said Thursday.

The Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP), which will link Mindanao to the already connected Luzon-Visayas grid, is currently in the works, and is targeted for completion by December 2020, the private company said.

“With the construction of the project to run in parts of Cebu in Visayas and in Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Lanao del Norte in Mindanao, job opportunities are to become available in these areas,” NGCP said.

It said that over 200 jobs are expected to be opened in the substation and transmission line portions of the project.

The job vacancies range from site civil and electrical engineers, timekeepers, safety officers and nurses, to laborers and skilled workers like carpenters, welders, masons, warehousemen, and electricians, among others.

“Local residents who are fit and qualified are given priority for the available positions,” NGCP said.

The MVIP will directly traverse 35 barangays across the four provinces in Visayas and Mindanao.

In 2017, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) gave its nod to NGCP to proceed with the interconnection project, which was conceptualized by the government as early as in the 1980s.

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