There is no doubt that one of the most important inventions of mankind is electricity. It provides so many comforts and it would feel like the world stopped spinning whenever we experience power stoppage. Amidst this comfort are the tireless people who ensure our safety as we enjoy the perks of having electricity.
We often forget that there are those who make our lives safe in this ever-changing world. Ensuring safety is an act of heroism that is often overlooked; it is an act as important as quick emergency response. Taking into consideration everything, safety and risk management can protect human lives and business assets in the long run, and make operations and services more efficient.
Utilities giant MERALCO believes in the promotion of best practices particularly in electrical safety. In 2016, they created an advocacy program through the Meralco Power Academy named, K-Ligtas Awards. It is the country’s first award for institutions; celebrating the unsung heroes of our society such as the organizations and businesses that uphold electrical safety excellence and promoting safety in the workplace.
Last November 17, 2017, they held the second K-Ligtas Awards, in time for the largest gathering of Electrical Engineers during the 2017 Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines (IIEE) Annual Convention and Expo. The event was held at SMX Convention, Pasay. K-Ligtas Awards 2017 is bigger and bolder this year with its wider search, producing a bigger number of nominees and each of them undergoing more stringent assessment by seasoned professional industry practitioners.
This year’s winners include:
INDUSTRIAL BUSINESS AWARDS
Wyeth Philippines Inc. for comprehensive maintenance and monitoring program for machines and electrical facilities, outstanding work environment measurement and safetyand health programs.
Nexperia Philippines Inc. for ensuring a high level of safety on its production area and electrical facilities, a well-equipped emergency response team and extensive education and promotion of safety, health and environmental programs.
SMALL INDUSTRIAL BUSINESS AWARDS
Rohm & Haas for its strong documentation procedure with Quality Exposure Assessment, well documented hygiene plan, and excellent health and safety policies.
COMMERCIAL BUSINESS AWARD
Hotel Jen for its comprehensive and regular thermal scanning of electrical facilities, its safety committee with an external accredited training, and risk managers trained for exceptional response time.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT (LGU) CITY AWARD
Marikina City for its proactive response to electrical safety and advocacy programs such as strict electrical requirements requiring licensed electrical practitioners, tree trimming, and approved pole location plan in collaboration with Meralco.
SPECIAL CITATION AWARD
Pasay City’s Kalayaan National High School for its commitment to safety and security through organized safety and emergency response committees, students involvement in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council thru Batang Emergency Response Team, and active support of the Principal and stakeholder on safety.
K-Ligtas is an advocacy program of Meralco in collaboration with the Philippines’ premiere authorities in electrical systems, labor management, and public safety – the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Phils. (IIEE), the Department of Labor and Employment’s Occupational Safety and Health Center, the Professional Regulation Commission Board of Electrical Engineering, the University of the Philippines, and the Bureau of Fire Protection.