LEGAZPI CITY, Mar. 13 (PIA) -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippine (NGCP) has formally introduced the Line Ranger School, a program that seeks young individuals who want to become the new generation of transmission line experts.
NGCP, a leading system operator and transmission service provider in the country has launched the program on February 27 this year with 60 men and women from different communities in North and South Luzon comprising the first batch of line rangers.
The line ranger candidates will first undergo an extensive month-long classroom instruction to understand the workings and operations of the country’s transmission system, then move on to a five-month on-the-job training, learning technical skills from NGCP’s current line professionals. After completing the 6-month program, candidates will be a certified NGCP Line Ranger.
In partnership with TESDA for National Certification Standards of Transmission Line professionals, the Line Ranger Program aims to produce highly competent transmission line personnel who will set the standards for the linemen profession and will grow side-by-side the development of the transmission sector and the power industry.
NGCP President and CEO, Henry Sy, Jr., believes that through NGCP and TESDA’s “combined efforts and strong commitment, [we] can further contribute to nation-building by developing competent professionals and creating jobs for our fellow Filipinos.”
Sy added NGCP’s projects, such as the Line Ranger School, bring opportunities to the community and creates transformational development in the transmission line profession.
For the candidates, being a line ranger is more than climbing up transmission towers and poles.
According to Fred Xyrus Pancho, 23, he wants to become a line ranger “dahil gusto ko makatulong sa mga magulang ko at makatulong sa ibang tao.”
The defining reason behind Villamor Milano, Jr., 18, and Gleanfold Pambogon, 21, in wanting to become line rangers is the dream for every household, every road, and every family in the country to have power.
According to Limar Castillo, 22, “Hindi ko sasayangin ang pagkakataon na ito.”
NGCP’s linemen are in charge of the constant maintenance of over 20,000 circuit kilometers of transmission line spanning the entire Philippines, in order to ensure the continuous flow of power to households, industries, and infrastructures. NGCP’s linemen are also the dedicated force behind the swift restoration of transmission services during and after disasters. (MAL/NGCP-PIA5)