NGCP trains new Line Rangers

SYSTEM operator and transmission service provider, National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), formally introduced the Line Ranger School, a program that helps young individuals who want to become the new generation of transmission line experts.

Sixty men and women from different communities in North and South Luzon comprised the first batch of line rangers during the launch of the event last Feb 27. Thirty came from north Luzon, three of whom are from San Manuel, Calasiao and Labrador in Pangasinan.

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, report from NGCP said.

They would then move on to a five-month on-the-job training, learning technical skills from NGCP’s current line professionals.

After completing the six-month program, candidates will be certified NGCP Line Rangers.

In partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (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.”

He said the Line Ranger School brings 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.

Fred Xyrus Pancho, 23, said he wants to become a line ranger “because I want to help my family as well as other people”.

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.

Limar Castillo, 22, said he would not let this chance go to naught.

NGCP’s linemen, the dedicated force behind the swift restoration of transmission services during and after disasters, 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. (Eva Visperas)