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ATTENTION! Properly management companies, building owners, building operators, building managers, building maintenance engineers, designers, contractors, project managers, architects and others


Simply fill-up the LIGHTNING EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENT FORM (downloadable at IIEE and PELMATP website) and SUBMIT or EMAIL the duly filled up form/s to PELMATP Project Management Office Department of Energy 3/F NPTL Building, Energy Center Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Telephone: 479-2900 local 364 Tel/Fax: 8405592

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The ELECTRICAL ENGINEER Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. 2009 IIEE BOARD OF GOVERNORS National President Arthur N. Escalante VP-Internal Affairs Gregorio Y. Guevarra VP-External Affairs Armando R. Diaz VP-Technical Affairs Gregorio R. Cayetano National Secretary Jules S. Alcantara Treasurer Alex C. Cabugao Auditor Dominico A. Amora Region I Catalino E. Raña Region II Jonathan C. Favi Region IV Larry C. Cruz Region V Rolan J. Dio Region VI Erlo S. Sajo Region VII Noel T. Fernandez Region VIII Marlon F. Parot Region IX Angel V. De Vera, Jr. Immediate Past President Hipolito A. Leoncio


• Chapter & Regional News • National News


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COVER STORY • EU-APQI Launches in the Philippines


Department Heads

Meet the 2009 Regional Governors


Administration Melissa Ann D. Banabana Marketing/Membership Allen M. Pido Technical-OIC Marvin H. Caseda

Quarterly Industry News Digest


Ramon P. Ayaton

Publications Committee Chairman: Members: Advisers:

Nicolas C. Balderrama Ronald Vincent M. Santiago Ernesto M. Cabral Gregorio Y. Guevarra Hipolito A. Leoncio

The ELECTRICAL ENGINEER The Electrical Engineer is published quarterly by the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (IIEE), with editorial and business offices at # 41 Monte de Piedad St., Cubao Quezon City, Philippines. Tel Nos. (632) 722-7383, 727-3552, 412-5772, 414-5626, Fax Nos. (632) 727-3545 & 410-1899. Website: www.,, E-mail: iiee@ The present circulation of the magazine is 21,000 copies per issue to members and industry stakeholders. EDITORIAL BOARD Chairman: Editor-in-Chief: Associate Editor: Executive Assistant

Gregorio R. Cayetano Nicolas C. Balderrama Ernesto M. Cabral Ramon P. Ayaton

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• European Investors Still Positive on Investment Opportunities in the Philippines


• MERALCO welcomes PBR Decision • Power Bills Down in May


• DoE Opens 2009 Bidding for Coal Areas

FEATURE • Innovative Development in High Intensity Lamp Discharge

• Meralco’s Thrust

Renewable Energy




• System Reliabilty in Industrial Plant By Engr. Doods A. Amora




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Vice President for Technical Affairs Chairman, Editorial Board

To Our Readers Welcome to the 2 Issue of THE ELECTRICAL ENGINEER MAGAZINE nd

The second issue of the EE Magazine 2009 features various activities conducted by the Regions and Chapters for the second quarter of 2009. These include technical seminars, socio-civic activities and Regional Conferences. Also included is one of the IIEE national events activities such as the 2009 National Mid-Year Convention (NMYC) held in Davao City, which resulted in a big success. The EE Magazine also included special features such as Renewable Energy by Engr. Olegario Serafica and holding of EU-Asia Power Quality Initiative (APQI) Regional Power Quality Workshop and introduction / launching of APQI Philippines last April 2009 hosted by International Copper Association (ICA). To enhance further the technical knowledge and expertise of our members, the EE Magazine Staff included a topic on System Reliability in Industrial Plants by Engr. Doods A. Amora, IIEE 2009 National Auditor. To keep the members updated about the latest events in their respective chapters, we would like to invite all Regional Governors and Chapter Presidents to submit their monthly activities to us supported by pictures, so that we can feature these activities in the next issue of the magazine. The Institute enjoins the membership to participate in all its activities and programs. Let us continue to move towards the vision and mission of the Institute as we “Achieve Excellence Amidst Global Challenges�. Thank you very much and Mabuhay ang IIEE!

From the Editorial Desk ENGR. NICOLAS C. BALDERRAMA Editor-in-Chief

From the desk of Engr. Nicolas C. Balderrama An outstanding milestone event for IIEE among many achievements of this year is the European Union-

Asia Power Quality Initiative (APQI) Regional Power Quality Workshop held last April 28-29, 2009 at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati City. The highlight of this event was the appointment of IIEE as Coordinator of the EU-Asia Power Quality Initiative Philippine Alliance. The Certification of appointment engraved in a beautifully embellished copper plate was received by our dynamic President Arthur N. Escalante in fittingly impressive ceremonies. Power quality conformng with specified utilization standards is a vital requirement for production system efficiency of communications and manufacturing operations or processes. Failure of power quality controls will result in tremendous losses from production interruptions, product quality or production batch rejections, higher electricity billings, damages to expensive electrical and electronic devices, etc. Losses from poor power quality in Europe has been estimated in billions of Euros annually. This situation will not be much different in highly industrialized areas in Asia or other Western countries. sharing power quality knowledge experience and engineering expertise among organizations in various countries of our globalized economic system will certainly reduce significantly these wasted wealth worth billions of dollars. Our advocacy for power quality is a principal component of achieving excellence in power supply services and utilization amidst global socio-economic and technological challenges.

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As we move on to the third quarter in this year of global adversities, let me review the programs and events implemented on the 2nd quarter of this year and take a glimpse of the third quarter.

The National Mid-Year Convention

Student affairs

The 2009 National Mid-Year Convention and General Membership Meeting was successfully hosted by the Region IX Davao Chapter last May 21-23, 2009. For years, NMYC were held in Manila. Recently, the Board of Governors approved to hold the NMYC outside the Metro Manila and Davao City is the first chosen venue. More than 900 guest and delegates participated in this National event.

The Council of Student Chapters (CSC) conducted a workshop for the new set of CSC officers last May 7-10, 2009 at Batangas City. Last June 5-6, 2009 the new set of CSC officers conducted its 2009 Planning and Orientation, with representatives coming from the different regions. The two-day event aims to develop camaraderie among the student chapters and to have a stronger student council.

Regional Conferences

The Student Affairs Committee, chaired by Engr. Raymond A. Marquez, is on its final stage of creation of the Manual of Operations for Student Chapters. This manual of operations would develop a stronger student membership.

Region II successfully held the 11 th IIEE Regional Conference hosted by the IIEE Pangasinan Chapter. The event took place in CSI Stadia, Dagupan City on April 16-18, 2009, participated by 183 attendees. The 14th Northern Mindanao Regional Conference was successfully hosted by the IIEE Region VIII ZAMBASULTA Chapter on June 25-27, 2009 at Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City. Almost 200 participants attended the event and took advantage of the occassion to further improve their technical knowledge and skills. Chapter activities The Institute congratulates all the Chapter Presidents and Regional Governors for coming up with activities in line with the programs suggested for the last quarter. Moreover, congratulations to region IV for holding the J2U Pillars of the Month on April and J2U Family Month on May. PRC Activities The Professional Regulation Commission successfully held the Oath taking ceremonies of the new Board Passer last June 13,2009 at the Manila Hotel. The Institute welcomed two (2) Professional Electrical Engineers, 527 new Registered Electrical Engineers and 465 new Registered Master Electricians. Engr. Francis V. Mapile, 2001 IIEE National President and the chairman of the IIEE CPE Council was conferred by the PRC as the 2009 Most Outstanding Professional for Electrical Engineer. He was awarded during the PRC Awards Night held at the Manila Hotel last May 19, 2009, that also included the awarding for the Most Outstanding Accredited Professional Organization (MOAPO) for 2009. The Institute, was one of the seven (7) nominees for the award.

NCR Organizational Meeting Two consecutive meeting were already conducted last June 18 and June 25, 2009, in preparation for the 2009 NCR Conference. The NCR Bureau agreed to hold the NCR Conference during the celebration of the Institute’s 34th Founding Anniversary. The Bureau also identified the sectoral groups for the NCR, as follows: Utility, NGCP/NPC, Contractors, Electrical Designer’s Consultant, ACMEE, Academe, Hotel Engineers, MERALCO MACE, MITEEAA, PESA, Telecommunications, Government Sector, WESM, and Building Administrators and Developers ACMEEE Participation in National Mid-Year Convention The Association of City /Municipal Electrical Engineers and Electricians (ACMEEE) actively participated in the National Mid-Year Convention (NMYC). The presentation covered the introduction and concerns of ACMEE. An open forum was also included to complete the activity. DOE-PELMATP Project The ceremonial switching of roadway lighting luminaire in Valenzuela was held on April 7, 2009. This is a joint project of DoE-PELMATP and IIEE. The said event was also attended by Engr. Arthur N. Escalante, Engr. Raymond A. Marquez, IIEE Former President, Engr. Alex Cabugao, Director Huliganga and Usec. Ramon Santos. Another Ceremonial switching, this time for Energy Efficient Lighting (EELs) took place in Malabon last June 30, 2009. Engr. Raymond A. Marquez, IIEE Former President represented the Institute with Engr. Gregorio Y. Guevarra, IIEE VP-Internal Affairs.


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Engr. Francis V. Mapile received the trophy for the Most Outstanding EE Professional for 2009 last June 19, 2009.

The International Copper Association, in collaboration with IIEE, successfully hosted the EU-Asia Power Quality Initiative (APQI) Regional Power Workshop last April 28-29 at the Renaissance Hotel Makati. The event aims to know the power quality problems and determine strategies on how to solve it. Furthermore, the ICA appointed the IIEE, as the coordinator of APQI Philippines. The 3-year planning was held last May 21, 2009 at the IIEE National Office with Mr. Bek Chee Jin, Mr. KC Wong and Mr. Piyadith Lamaisathien from the ICA. Membership Concerns

of the IIEE Membership Card. With this equipments, members can now have their ID in just few minutes.

a. Website added features The reconstruction of the new IIEE website is in process, through the continuous effort of the IIEE Secretariat and the Board of Governors. The latest developments in the Institute can be now viewed in the IIEE website. Announcements, news articles and technical papers were already posted in the website. Visit ph and be informed about the latest developments in the Institute. b. Technical Seminars In its commitment to provide quality learning and professional advancement for its members, the IIEE through the Technical Department held several seminars during the second quarter of 2009. For the month of April, a seminar on Electric Power System Design for High Rise Residential & Condominium Building was conducted. For the month of May, three (3) seminars were held entitled, Short Circuit Calculation & Analysis, Grounding and Power Quality. Simultaneous seminars were held on the month of June—(1) Harmonics (2) Transformer Theory and Protection. C. Office at PRC The Institute already have its extension office located at Room 301, 3rd Floor Don Lorenzo Building, P. Paredes St. cor. Morayta St., Sampaloc Manila, in front of the PRC office. The office is more accessible for our members who will visit the PRC Office and would want to renew their membership to IIEE. D. Faster ID Production The Institute will purchase equipments such as new pen tablet, web cams and ID Maker for a faster production

The ICA representatives with the APQI Philippines Core group members coming fromn the solutions provider and Academic Institutions


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E. EE Magazine Mailing Distribution Last April 7, 2009, a meeting with the Philippine Postal Corporation was held to discuss the concerns of the Institute on the mailing system of the EE Magazine and Ballots. The Assistant General Manager assured to attend on this concern, as early as possible for further improvement of the mailing system of the EE Magazines. Also, the Memorandum circular from the Post Master General to prioritize all the IIEE transactions was already issued to all post offices. For your individual and chapter concerns, you can email the National Secretariat at or As we move on to the 3rd quarter, the National Office encourages all the Regional Governors and Chapter Officers to actively participate with the following activities: July- Environment Protection Month Suggested Activities a. Simultaneous Tree Planting of all chapters on July 25, 2009 and share a boodle lunch after the planting b. Coastal Clean-up. Bring family members to a beach fellowship. c. Launch a campaign for energy efficient and environment friendly with electrical layer and other products. August- Renewable Energy Month Suggested Activities a. Information dissemination of potentials of renewable energy b. Launch on IIEE Village with a Pico Hydro or solar energy project. September- IIEE Anniversary Month Suggested Activities a. Hold a general membership meeting for election of officers b. Celebrate the 34 th Founding Anniversary on the Institute on September 15, 2009 through community outreach, programs and seminar.

Quotes and Unquotes “Knowing is not enough; we must apply” ---Goethe


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In its commitment to further enhance the technical skills of its members, the IIEE Region I— Cagayan Kalinga Chapter successfully conducted two (2) seminars last April 25, 2009 at Cagayan I Electric Cooperative Conference Hall in Maddarulug, Solana, Cagayan. Attended by fifty-two (52) members of the chapter the topics discussed were the Short-Circuit Calculations and the Features and Application of GE KV2C Digital KWHM. The first topic was presented by Engr. Alexander I. Galindon, Chapter Secretary and Professor at the University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao. The second topic was discussed by Engr. Roger Guillarte, the owner of Joshdani Enterprises. The activity aims to provide the IIEE CagayanKalinga Chapter additional technical know-how to remain globally competitive.

Officers and members of Cagayan-Kalinga Chapter attending a technical presentation on GE KV2 Meter

REGION 1 DONATES FREE PEC1 TO BFP Engr. Catalino E. Raña, Region VI Governor

IIEE Region I donated one (1) Philippine Electrical Code (PEC) Part I to Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)—Cagayan Valley Region during the General Membership Meeting of Cagayan-Kalinga Chapter last April 24, 2009 at Cagelco1, Maddarulug, Solana, Cagayan. The donated PEC1 was accepted by Chief Inspector Jesus Fernandez, Provincial Fire Marshal of the Province of Cagayan, representing the Regional Director of BFP-CV. The turn-over ceremony was administered by Engr. Catalino E. Raña, Region I Governor, with the Cagayan-Kalinga Chapter Officers.

Chief Inspector Jesus Fernandez received the free PEC 1 book from Engr. Catalino Raña with the officers of CagayanKalinga Chapter

An Invitation The Electrical Engineer Magazine invites all the Regional Governors and Chapter Officers to submit all their activities for the whole year. We will highlight significant movements of our members in pursuit of the interest of the Institute and its community. We will choose the best activity conducted by your chapters and we will feature the same in the fourth and final issue of the EE Magazine for 2009. You may send your contributions through e-mail:


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In adherence to the directive of the IIEE – National President, Engr. Arthur N. Escalante on the proposed activities for the months of April and May, IIEE – Region IV conducted activities in conjunction with the IIEE-Pillars Month (April) and Family Month (May).

of the electricians association of Gasan and Sta. Cruz towns; (2) donation of one set of PEC 1 & 2, RA7920 and Electrical Safety Manual by Central Laguna Chapter to Marinduque Chapter and the (3) signing of the J2U streamer by the Chapter President of Marinduque.

Region IV Officers visited and recognized the contributions of one of the pillars of IIEE Region IV in the person of Engr. Pio Q. Tabo, a former Region IV Governor in a simple ceremony held at Clyde & Josh Restaurant beside the famous Sampalok Lake in San Pablo City, Laguna last April 25, 2009 during the J2U (Journey to Unity) in Southern Laguna Chapter. Engr. Tabo was the Regional Governor for two years, 1982 and 1983. Batangas, Quezon and San Pablo Chapters were created during this term. He eventually became the first President of San Pablo Chapter which is now the Southern Laguna Chapter. The “Family Month” of May was celebrated by IIEE-Region IV in Marinduque during the J2U (Journey to Unity) hosted by Marinduque Chapter last May 15-17, 2009. Chapter Officers from Batangas, Southern Cavite, Central Laguna and Northern Laguna attended the said activity in this Lenten Mecca of Region IV. In between the usual IIEE activities were family oriented activities like swimming, roaming around the city, attending church activities and visiting interesting places in the province specially in Boac and Gasan towns. Engr. Noel Verdote of the Department of Energy, discussed the PELMATP Project with the representatives of the six towns comprising the Province of Marinduque on May 15 while Mr. Ronnie Bantog of TETRAD Electrical and Industrial Services Corp. presented their energy efficient lighting. Chapter Officers Jozane Jalbuena, Generoso Restubog, Florencio Berenguel, Ederlito Guleng, Villy Tumbaga and Engr. Art Zabala of DOEPELMATP Project provided technical presentations for the 119 attendees in the technical seminar conducted on May 16. The one day technical seminar ended with the following activities; (1) induction of the officers


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Region IV Officers posed for a picture with Engr. Pio Tabo at Sampalok Lake.

Engr. Jun Emata (CLC VP-External Affairs) handed the set of books donated by Central Laguna Chapter to Marinduque Chapter. Engr. Gil Calachan received the books.


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REGIONS I AND V DONATE CLOTHES TO TYPHOON DANTE’S VICTIM IN SORSOGON Engr. Rolan J. Dio, Region V Governor Last May 2, 2009, typhoon Dante hit Sorsogon with heavy rain that caused flash floods and mud flow that left 18 casualties and hundreds of evacuees in the affected municipalities in the province. With 3 sacks of used clothing coming from IIEE Region 1, IIEE Region V Governor Rolan J. Dio and

IIEE Sorsogon Chapter VP-Internal Allan D. Dondonilla distributed the goods to Brgy. Captain Ceasar Manuel of Barangay Talisay, a costal barangay of Sorsogon City. Brgy Captain Ceasar Manuel facilitated the distribution of the used clothing to his affected kabarangays.

Engrs. Rolan Dio, Region V Governor and Allan Dondonilla, Sorsogon Chapter VPInternal handling three (3) sacks of used clothes from Region I to Brgy. Captain Ceasar Manuel of Barangay Talisay

REGION VI NEGROS OCCIDENTAL CHAPTER HOLDS TECHNICAL SEMINARS Engr. Erlo S. Sajo, Region VI Governor The IIEE Negros Occidental Chapter successfully conducted technical seminar last March 28, 2009 at Grand Regal Hotel, Bacolod City.

Engr. Noel Angeles discussed about the Hazardous Location, Class I, II and III.

Former Regional Governor Engr. Cornelio Somodio, Professional Electrical Engineer served as the resource speaker on 400V, 3 phase, 4 wire distribution system.

The activity included the product presentation by Schneider. Eighty-two practitioners actively participated in the said event.

L-Photo: Eng’r. Cornelio Somodio, PEE technical speaker on 400 V, 3 phase 4 wire distribution system R-Photo: Eng’r.Noel Angeles,Technical Speaker on Hazardous Location, Class I, II and III


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The IIEE Region VII Bohol Chapter held its 1st Quarter General Membership Meeting and Technical Seminar at JJ’s Seafood’s Village, K of C Drive, Tagbilaran City last April 25, 2009. Engr. Teofanes Sarabosing, IIEE Chapter President administered the general membership meeting, assisted by Engr. Samuel Romero, Chapter Secretary. One relevant topic being discussed during the meeting is the issue on signing of electrical plans where some towns in Bohol does follow the implementation of RA 7920. The general membership meeting also included three (3) technical seminars on R.A 7920, IIEE CPE Primer and Seminar on System & Equipment Grounding and Substation Maintenance delivered by the IIEE Region VII working Regional Governor, Engr. Noel T. Fernandez. Sixty-three (63) participants attended in the event that aims to provide relevant lectures, seminars and training materials to enhance the knowledge of its members.

2009 IIEE Bohol Chapter 1st Quarter General Membership Meeting and Technical Seminar Opening Program with Engr. Ranulfo Mascarinas, VP External, as EMCEE


True to its objective to fight the growing number of fire incidents due to electrical problems and malpractices, the IIEE—Region VII Mactan Chapter successfully held a fire safety at home seminar last March 31, 2009 at CPPC Conference Room Old VECO Compound, Barangay Ermita, Cebu City. Engr. Noel T. Fernandez, Region VII Governor served as the resource speaker to thirty (30) residents of Brgy. Ermita who participated in the activity. During the seminar, Engr. Fernandez discussed the possible result of over-loaded wires as simulated on the model. The seminar also included the Question and Answer Portion where the participants raised their concerns and inquiries for further clarifications. The fire safety seminar is a part of Electrical Safety Information Drive of Region VII as an implementation of the Memorandum of Agreement of the IIEE and BFP.


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Engr. Noel T. Fernandez discusses the possible result should wires were over-loaded as simulated on the model


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The 11th IIEE Region II Conference was successfully held last April 16-18, 2009 at CSI Stadia, Dagupan City hosted by the IIEE Pangasinan Chapter. The conference was attended by 183 delegates from the different IIEE local chapters of the region including some students.

Energy Efficiency: the 5th Energy by Engr. Raymond A. Marquez, Former IIEE National President.

The three-day event included various activities such as product presentations, technical sessions and exhibits where the delegates and guests learned and have been informed of the latest innovation in the industry.

The closing ceremony capped the three-day event. Hon. Alipio Fernandez, City Mayor of Dagupan represented by his Executive Secretary, Atty. Manuel C. Aoanan graced the occasion with his message. In his message read by Atty. Aoanan, Hon. Fernandez greeted IIEE on its 11th regional conference and that he was glad and honored that IIEE has chosen Dagupan City to be the venue of the event. He further explained the significant role of professional organizations as a vital essential to the economic development of the nation. It is because of professional organizations that product standards are set, best practices are determined, that we move achieve excellence. He then applauded IIEE for its effort of gathering its members to be part of a noble endeavor of “lighting up the world”.

During the first day of the event, a seminar on “Principles of Electrical Grounding” was conducted at the University of Pangasinan-PHINMA. Engr. Uldarico Llamas, a Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) served as the speaker for the said seminar. The participants were composed of electricians of Eastern Pangasinan and electrical engineering students. The opening of the exhibits and the convention was held in the morning of the second day. Hon. Amado T. Espino, Pangasinan Governor graced the occasion as the guest speaker. During his message, he commended the efforts of the people behind the organization who constantly try to provide significant benefits to its members. He further spoke about what his administration has been doing in the advancement of the province and the projects he had implemented to improve the lives of the people. Hon. Belen T. Fernandez, City Vice-Mayor of Dagupan City was present during the opening ceremony. In her message, she highlighted Dagupan City and its fast growth as evidenced by new infrastructures (buildings, roads, etc.). She cited the main reason of Dagupan City’s better performance is the dynamism of the local government officials, the cooperation of its people, and the support of NGO’s and organizations (like IIEE) that contribute so much to the effective implementation of various city projects. She then invited the delegates to extend their stay in the city to observe the on-going celebration of the “Bangus Festival”. Seven companies participated in the exhibit that included: Sinewave Electro Technology, JJ-Lapp, BAG Electronics, RPV Electro, American Wires & Cables, OMNI, and Koten.

The conference also included nine (9) product presentations brought by EDMI, Sinewave Electro Technology, JJ-Lapp, BAG Elect

Jonathan C. Favi, IIEE Region II Governor extended his warmest appreciation for those people who worked and participated towards the success of the 11th Region II Conference. He further invited everyone to continuously support the activities of the Institute.

IIEE National Officers with Dagupan City Vice Mayor, Hon. Belen Fernandez during the opening ceremonies

Different topics were discussed during the technical sessions included High Rise Building System by Engr. Hipolito A. Leoncio, 2008 National President, Guidelines on Energy Conserving Design by Engr. Alex Cabugao, IIEE National Treasurer, and CPE Guidelines by Engr. Francis Mapile, CPE Chairman. The second day also covered the historical tour of guests to different tourist spots of Pangasinan. The third day included the team building and general membership meeting of officers of IIEE Council of Student Chapters Region II. More technical sessions were held with topics on Energy Efficient Lighting by Engr. Arthur Lopez, Former IIEE National President, Renewable Energy by Engr. Meleusipo E. Fonollera, Former IIEE National President, BEE Updates, and

The IIEE Officers during the historical tour in Dagupan City


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ZAMBASULTA CHAPTER HOSTS REGION VIII 14th NORTHERN MINDANAO REGIONAL CONFERENCE Engr. Marlon F. Parot, Region VIII Governor The IIEE Region VIII ZAMBASULTA Chapter successfully hosted the 14th Northern Mindanao Regional Conference on June 25-27, 2009 at Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City. Before the main conference, the event started with a motorcade, blood letting program held in WMSU Open Stage, outreach program in Talon-talon and sports Olympics held in Teddy & Sean Bowling Center. Hon. Celso L. Lobregat, City Mayor of Zamboanga City graced the opening ceremonies as the guest speaker. In his message, he cited the role of electricity and electrical practitioners in the development of the region as well as the nation. He also shared a little history of Zamboanga City and how it came to be called “Asia’s Latin City” The event aimed to enhance the technical knowledge of the delegates through its various technical presentations. Topics discussed were Renewable Energy for Electricity Generation, CPE Updates, System and Equipment Grounding in Low Voltage System, Guidelines on Energy Conserving Design of Buildings, Managing Plant Efficiency, Energy Efficient Lighting, Ozone Tragedy Learning and PRC/BEE Updates.

Participants of the 14th Region VIII Regional Conference.

Different companies such as PHELPS Dodge International Corporation, RPV Electro Techonology Phil. Corp. and ASIAPHIL actively joined the product presentations. The closing ceremonies capped the three-day event with the awarding of winners of different competitions held during the regional conference and oathtaking of REE and RME successful examinies. Engr. Jose Marie T. Torrejon, Plant Manager of WMPC served as the guest speaker. In his message, he briefed the participants about Western Mindanao Power Corporation and its role in the power supply equation of the Mindanao Grid. As a Professional Electrical Engineer himself, he enjoined everybody to be active in the IIEE activities so they will gain more knowledge and be updated of the new trends and technologies. In his closing remarks, Engr. Marlon F. Parot, Region VIII Governor expressed his warmest appreciation to all the people who made the event a big success. He acknowledged the ZAMBASULTA Chapter headed by their President, Engr. Alvin P. Miguel for a job well done. He further commended the Chapters under the Region who participated in the preparation of the conference.


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The National Officers and some Region VIII Chapter Presidents listening to the speech of the Guest Speaker, Zamboanga City Mayor Celso L. Lobregat during the opening program.

ZAMBASULTA Chapter Officers and members in their new regional t-shirt color with the National Officers after the closing program.


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IIEE-CSC BATCH 22 ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT By: Heronafine C. De Guzman IIEE-CSC Vice Chairman for Technical Affairs

Not even in finest words can the IIEE-CSC BATCH 22 NATIONAL OFFICERS sufficiently express our deepest gratefulness and felicitations for our dear student-members, for without you who supported us, the CSC won’t be productive and had not served its worth. Mere words cannot enlist the officers’ overwhelming gratitude and appreciation. In return, we would like to share with you the accomplishment report we have made for the academic year 20082009. The IIEE-CSC attended the 22 ndLeadership Workshop, facilitated by Ms. Luchie Centeno and IIEE-CSC Batch 21 officers in Engr. Tom Mulingbayan’s Place, Nasugbu, Batangas, May 30-June 1, 2009. In line the IIEE- Mid Year Convention, the IIEECSC Batch 22 was inducted. In the 5thday of July, 2009, we facilitated the Chapter Representatives’ Meeting in Rizal Technological University. Chapter officers/representative from different affiliated schools especially in Luzon participated on the event.

Winners of the 8th Regional Math Wizard

With the untiring effort of both Regional and National IIEE- CSC Batch 22 officers and invaluable support of the student- members with the full assistance and guidance of IIEE-Regional Governors the 4thRegional Student Conference was successfully held simultaneously in the nine regions of the IIEE, September 11-12, 2008. The activities in this conference are the 22 nd Regional Quiz Show,8 th Regional Math Wizard,10th Regional Student Congress, Technical Seminars and Fellowship Night. The following were the host schools: Region Region Region Region Region Region Region Region Region

1: Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University 2: Holy Angel University 3: Adamson University 4: Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Calamba 5: Divine Word College of Legazpi 6: Western Visayas College of Science and Technology 7: Naval Institute of Technology 8: Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology 9: University of Southeastern Philippines

On November 7, 2008 alongside the 34th Annual National Convention of the IIEE, the Council organized the 22nd National Quiz Show and 8th National Math Wizard in Central Colleges of the Philippines. In living with the high spirit of Christmas, the IIEE-CSC Batch 22 conducted an outreach program in Hospicio de San Jose, December 23, 2008.

Interview of NET25 with the winners of CSC Regional Quiz Show With the theme: “Achieving Excellence Amidst Global Challenges”, the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines- Council of Student Chapters successfully held its 10thNational Student Convention (NSCON) of success, honor and triumph at Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) , February 26-28, 2009. This event now with its new format, is the most prestigious event of the Council of Student Chapters. Since 1999, the National Student Convention (NSCON) brims among the events of the council. Activities of the NSCON are as follows: 6thPhilippine Electrical Code Quiz Show; 5thSkills Olympics; 12thMega Seminar; 2ndMr. and Ms. Electrical Engineering Pageant; Chapter Representatives’ Meeting; Fellowship Night; sEEnging Contest; Student AchEEvers Awards, Most Outstanding Chapter Award and the FIRST EEwrite.


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Next was the birth of IIEE- CSC Batch 23 National Officers, in Engr. Tom Mulingbayan’s Place, Nasugbu, Batangas, May 8-10, 2009. We entrust the Council in their hands and to continue the legacy in rendering the best service for our student- members. We bid them good luck. The last activity is the National and Regional Council of Student Chapters Officers Meeting held in the 3rdFloor of IIEE, June 5-6, 2009. The participants were the IIEE-CSC Batch 22 and Batch 23 officers and the Regional Officers from the nine regions of IIEE.

Participants of technical Sessions

National Quiz Show and Math Wizard held in Central Colleges of the Philippines (CCP)

Now after twenty two years of standing firm and one, through untiring and unwavering support of the student- members, the unconditional dedication of the national and regional officers, with the assistance of IIEE- National and Regional Officers and functioning and working as one; the IIEE-CSC Batch 22 marked a new milestone in the history of IIEE-CSC and we still uphold the council’s kudos and cachet. Together with the IIEE-CSC family, we can now claim that we are the BEST AND MOST PRESTIGIOUS TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION IN THE PHILIPPINES.

List of winners 8th RegIONAL MATH WIZARD • Region 1 a. Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University b. Nueva Viscaya State University • Region 2 a. Holy Angel University b. Bulacan State University • Region 3 a. Technological Institute of the PhilippinesManila b. Adamson University c. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

d. Southern Luzon State University • Region 5 a. Bicol University b. Camarines Norte State College • Region 6 a. Western Visayas College of Science and Technology • Region 7 a. Cebu Institute of Technology • Region 8 a. Mindanao State University-Iligan State of Technology

• Region 4 a. University of Batangas • Region 9 b. Batangas State University a. Mindanao State University-General Santos c. University of Perpetual Help System-Laguna b. Notre Dame Dadiangas University


•Region 1 a. Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University b. University of Saint Louis-Tuguegarao c. Saint Louis University • Region 2 a. Bataan Peninsula State University b. Bulacan State University c. Tarlac State University • Region 3 a. Technological Institute of the PhilippinesManila b. Adamson University c. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela d. Pamantasan ng Maynila • Region 4 a. University of Batangas b. Batangas State University

c. University of the Philippines-Los Baños d. Marinduque State University • Region 5 a. Camarines Norte State University b. Sorsogon State University c. Bicol State University • Region 6 a. Western Visayas College of Science and Technology • Region 7 a. Cebu Institute of Technology • Region 8 a. Mindanao State University-Iligan State of Technology • Region 9 a. University of Southeastern Philippines b. Notre Dame Dadiangas University

22nd National Quiz Show Champion: Bulacan State University (BulSU) Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP-Manila) University of Batangas (BU)


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8TH NATIONAL MATH WIZARD Champion: Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila (TIP-M) 1st Runner-up: University of Batangas (UB) 2nd Runner-up: Camarines Norte State College

10TH NATIONAL STUDENT CONVENTION Mr. & Ms. Electrical Engineering & Electrical Technology Ms. Helen Regine Malabanan - Technological University of the Philippines -Manila (TUP-M) Mr. John Ronnel Del Rosario - Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT)

Student AchEEvers Award Leadership Category Ms. Jonalyn V. Go - (TUP-M) Arts Category Ms. Jessica S. Castillo - (UB) Community Service Mr. Jerny D. Catibaya - (TIP-M) Academic Excellence Mr. Enrique Festijo - (TIP-M)

MOST OUTSTANDING STUDENT CHAPTER Champion: University of Batangas (UB) 1st Runner-up: Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila (TIP-M) 2nd Runner-up: Batangas State University (BatSU)

FIRST EEwrite Champion: Mr. Enrique D. Festijo of TIP-M

5TH SKILLS OLYMPICS Champion: Camarines Sur Polythecnic College-Nabua (CSPC-N) 1st Runner-up: University of Batangas (UB) 2nd Runner-up: Far Eastern University-East Asia College (FEU-EAC)

sEEnging EE Mr. John Randy Verdadero- Pamantasan Lungsod ng Maynila Ms. Aprilyn Pananiban- Far Eastern University- East Asia College (FEU-EAC)

6TH PHILIPPINE ELECTRICAL CODE 1 QUIZ SHOW Champion: Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila (TIP-M) 1st Runner-up: Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) 2nd Runner-up: Sorsogon State College (SSC)


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PELMATP AND DOE HOLDS CEREMONIAL SWITCHING AND TURN-OVER OF ROADWAY LIGHTING The Philippine Efficient Lighting Market Transformation Project (PELMATP), in cooperation with the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (IIEE) and City Government of Valenzuela held the Ceremonial Switching and Turn-Over of Roadway Lighting last April 7, 2009 at the Finance Building Conference Room, Valenzuela City Hall, Valenzuela City. Engr. Arthur N. Escalante, National President, IIEE, Dir. Raquel S. Huliganga, Director, DOE-Energy Research and Testing Laboratory/Services and Project Director—PELMATP and DoEUsec. Ramon G. Santos delivered their short messages before the actual turnover of roadway lightings. The Turn-Over of lighting was administered by Usec. Ramon G. Santos and by City Council Alvin Feliciano, Engr. Arthur N. Escalante, Dir. Raquel S. Huliganga and other representative from UNDP and PELMATP. Valenzuela City is one of the recipients of joint roadways lighting project brought by the Department

Usec. Ramon Santos administers the turn-over of lighting with with City Council Alvin Feliciano, Engr. Escalante and Dir. Raquel Huliganga

of Energy and IIEE.


The Board of Electrical Engineering (BEE) in coordination with the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (IIEE) conducted the Oathtaking Ceremonies of successful examines who passed the Electrical Engineer Licensure Examinations on June 13, 2009 at the Centennial Hall, Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Manila. The members of the Board of Electrical Engineering who gave the licensure examinations are Engr. Rodolfo R. Peñalosa, Chairman; Engr. Edward L. Mendoza, and Engr. Jaime V. Mendoza, Members. The licensure examinations were given by the BEE in different areas of the Philippines such as: Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Iloilo and Legazpi last May 2009. The result of the examination was released two (2) days after the last day of examination,. 527 out of 1,497 Registered Electrical Engineers; 465 out of 1,120 Registered Master Electricians; and 2 Professional Electrical Engineers passed the examination.

The top REE Board Passers during the Oathtaking ceremonies


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The Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (IIEE) made history with the 2009 National Mid Year Convention and General Membership Meeting, a very fruitful and successful convention that pushed itself distinction from the previous mid year convention. Almost one thousand participants participated in the convention coming from different sectors nationwide including exhibitors, sponsors, ladies auxiliaries and guests. The opening ceremonies’ keynote speaker was Hon. Rodrigo R. Duterte who was represented by Engr. Jose D. Gestuveo, Jr., the Chief of City Engineers Office while the closing ceremonies’ keynote speaker was graced by Hon. Vicente T. Lao, the Regional Development Council chairman. This big event was hosted by the IIEE Davao Chapter last May 21-23, 2009 at CAP Convention Center at Anda Street, Davao City through the leadership of the Regional Governor Engr. Angel V. de Vera, Jr. as the Convention Chairman with Engr. Fritzelou Arriate as co-chairman, Engr. Renato G. Arancon as the host Chapter President and the very able committee chairmen and members of the 2009 NMYC team. Thirty two (32) years ago, the first IIEE Mid Year General Membership Meeting was held in Iligan City with IIEE-Iligan Chapter as the convention host. Thereafter, the midyear convention was rotated in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, but from 1997 to 2008, the midyear conventions were conducted in Metro Manila since most of the IIEE members are in Manila, and the CPE requirements cannot be met by attending just one convention or seminar as some participants may not be available during the national convention. However, in one of the board meetings last 2008, the board decided to bring back the mid year convention outside of Manila and to be hosted by IIEE Davao Chapter. This convention with the theme “Achieving Excellence Amidst Global Challenges” showcased the latest electrical and electronics technological products, technical topics and special fora exclusive for Distribution Utilities and Electric Cooperatives, Academe, Building Officials, Electricians and Electrical Engineering practitioners throughout the country. In addition, this year’s event featured research competition, sports and skill olympics that tested the participant’s competency based on Philippine Electrical Code (PEC). These activities provided effective venues in interacting, discussing and devising solutions on


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The ribbon cutting ceremonies for the opening of the exhibits

The IIEE National Officers during the opening of the convention matters affecting the profession and updated the members regarding the technological innovations and trends in Electrical Engineering. The latest developments in IIEE especially in the reactivation of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) was thoroughly explained by the chairman of CPE Engr. Francis Mapile, a Former IIEE National President. Indeed, through the event, the ten (10) point agenda instituted by the IIEE National Office and


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The NMYC also includes the Mid-Year General Membership Meeting

The Covention includes exhibit where the viewers witness the state-of-the art products that the featured market can offer

this year’s theme, underscored IIEE advocacies and in responding to the needs of IIEE membersprofessionals and students, engineering and power industries. The gathering helped to address the looming energy crisis, climate change, environmental degradation, reduction of imported fuel dependency, using efficient lighting and improving the quality of education in the electrical engineering course. Lastly, the event emphasized sustaining the organization’s vision and mission in achieving excellence and exemplary services for its members.

and General Membership Meeting is also attributed to the good leadership of the Board of Governors through the dynamism and energetic National President Engr. Arthur N. Escalante who also hails from Davao City being the Former IIEE Davao Chapter President and Regional Governor. We are grateful to BEE Member Hon. Edward L. Mendoza who guided the team unselfishly and likewise to the industry partners, major sponsors, supporters, minor sponsors, advertisers, exhibitors, benefactors, and resource speakers, and most especially to the Delegates for their all-out support and commitment in making this momentous event memorable and successful.

The success of the 2009 National Mid Year Convention


The 2009 IIEE National Officers take their pose for a group photo during the National Mid-Year Convention held in CAP Convention Center, Davao City hosted by the Davao Chapter


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european-UNION - asia p (APQI) launches i

With the aim of developing capacity in the technical, financial and managerial aspects of power quality, the Eu-Asia Power Quality Initiative (APQI) was launched in Manila on April 28-29, 2009.


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ower quality initiative n the philippines Organized by the EU-APQI Support Network, International Copper Association (ICA), and Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines (IIEE), the two-day APQI workshop which was held in the Renaissance Hotel, Makati targets to increase awareness on the origins of the power quality problems as an avenue for development. Day 1 of the event covered Lower Mekong Subregion Harmonisation Programme that included (1) Managing the Challenges of Power Quality and (2) Power Quality Solutions and Standards. Forty (40) representatives, mostly from the ASEAN countries participated in the event. Day 2 covered the Introduction of EUAsia Power Quality Initiative (APQI) that included (1) Power Quality—An International Perspective and (2) Power Quality—A Philippine Perspective. In addition to the first 40 participants on Day 1, 81 local participants witnessed the introduction of APQI in the Philippines. The event was also included the Press Conference attended by the different media persons in the country who covered the Regional Power Quality Workshop. The 32-month APQI project was started in Europe on October 2007 by the ICA China which was funded by the European Commission’s Asia-Invest Program. Today, the project has already established its name as a strong power quality support network in Europe,

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and is bound to set foot in the ASEAN Region with the Philippines as its pilot country. In the Philippines, the responsibility for holding the APQI Regional Power Quality Workshop was awarded to the IIEE by the ICA-SEA early this year. The IIEE pledged to coordinate and enjoin representatives from various power stakeholders such as utilities, large power consumers, solution providers, and academic institutions. These representatives formed the core group, which shall spearhead the promotion of the APQI project in the country. Ms. Isabelle Heriakian, Electricity and Energy Project Manager of European Copper Institute (ECI) addressed power quality concerns during the launching of the project in Makati City. Ms. Heriakian stressed that “Poor power quality results in higher maintenance costs and replacement of electrical and electronic devices, and also in production chain interruption, production-batch losses, higher electricity bills, lower production output quality, etc. The financial losses are a grave damage in Europe”. The launching also paved way for sharing international experience and best practices among the delegates, which included attendees from engineering institutes, manufacturing industries, solutions providers, local NGOs and academic institutions, both foreign and local.

Technical speakers from the local and international professional institutions


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1. Raise awareness on the impact (economic, social and national) of PQ to stakeholder in the Philippines and to develop appropriate strategy. 2. Establish national framework to develop technical knowledge centre and the dissemination of technical information and solutions to power quality; certification program. 3. Assist in the development of PQ Standards for the Philippine based on International best Practices. 4. Ensure the sustainability of APQI Philippine Chapter.

Participants of the APQI Regional Power Quality Workshop coming from the ASEAN and local utilities, power companies in LMS, and academic institutions

Technical speakers from the local and international professional institutions graced the event through sharing expertise, moving the country a step ahead towards capacity building. The Delegation of the European Commission in the Philippines, Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), Center for Studies in Electrical Engineering Practices and Standards International Association (CESEEPS) were among the participants of the workshop.

For more information about the APQI, visit www.apqi. com to access a APQI documents and information materials such as technical articles and training materials. You can also register to APQI Mailing list to receive the APQI quarterly newsletter and be updated about the APQI activities. You can also e-mail apqi@

The 3-year Plan of APQI Philippines On May 21, 2009, the 3-year planning of APQI Philippines was conducted at the IIEE National Office in Cubao Quezon City. Representatives from ICA spearheaded the planning activity. Mr. Bek Chee Jin, Mr. KC Wong of Malaysia and Mr. Piyadith Lamaisathien of Thailand. Likewise, representatives from the sector of academic institutions and solutions providers participated in the said activity.

Technical speakers of APQI Regional Power Quality Workshop

Engr. Raymond A. Marquez, 2007 IIEE National President, presided over the meeting which was also attended by IIEE Officers: Engr. Armando R. Diaz, VP-External Affairs, Engr. Alex C. Cabugao, National Treasurer and Engr. Gem Tan of Standards Committee. The core group came up with four goals of the 3-year plan of APQI Philippines and later came up with the strategies of these four goals:


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Engr. Arthur N. Escalante awarding the Certificate of Recognition to International Copper Association, as the organizer of APQI Regional Power Quality Workshop


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Governor, Region I Engr. Catalino Raña is a member of the Council of Former Presidents—IIEE La Union Chapter. He also became a member of the NCR Affairs Bureau in 2006.  Before becoming the Regional Governor of Region I, he was the Chapter President of the La Union Chapter for two terms; Former La Union Chapter VP Internal Affairs for two terms; Former La Union Chapter VP Technical Affairs;  Former La Union Chapter Secretary for five terms; and Former La Union Chapter Board of Directors   Engr. Raña is a member of Association of Safety Practitioners of the Philippines, Inc. of Region I as one of the Board of Directors and is connected with 1st La Union Community Defense Center, Army Reserve Command, SSG.   He was a recipient of different awards such as; Safety Recognition Awards by the Bureau of Working Condition, (BWC-DOLE) 2008; Safety Recognition Awards by the Bureau of Working Condition, (BWC-DOLE) 2007; Best Corporate Safety Engineer, 2007 National Transmission Corporation (TransCo); Special Corporate Awardee for Safety, 2007 National Transmission Corporation (TransCo); Best Regional Safety Engineer, 2007, North Luzon Operation & Maintenance (NLOM), National Transmission Corporation (TransCo); Best Regional Pollution Control Officer, 2006, North Luzon Operation & Maintenance (NLOM), National Transmission Corporation (TransCo); Loyalty Awardee, 2001, La Union Electric Co., Inc.   He graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, (DMMMSU) in 1990 and became a Registered Electrical Engineer in the same year.   He was a former Principal Engineer B, Safety, Security, Energy - National Transmission Corporation. Presently, he is working as a Principal Engineer B, Quality Control/Quality Assurance at the National Transmission Corporation (now National Grid Corporation of the Philippines) - District 3, North Luzon O & M.

ENGR. JONATHAN C. FAVI Governor Region II Engr. Jonathan Favi was the President of the IIEE Pangasinan Chapter in 2008. Prior to that, he was also the Vice President for Internal Affairs of the chapter in 2007. He has been an IIEE life member since 2003. He was also a Member of the Rotary Club of Uptown of Dagupan in 2004 and currently an active member of the Conquerors’ Breakfast Club of Dagupan City

He finished his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1996 and Master in Business Administration from University of Pangasinan in 2001. He attained his Doctor of Philosophy Major in Management from the Virgen Milagrosa University in 2004. Presently, he is the Dean of the College of Engineering of University of Pangasinan.


Governor, Region IV

Engr. Larry C. Cruz is a Senior Member of IIEE. He was the founding President of the IIEE Northern Laguna Chapter in 2005, President of the IIEE Central Laguna Chapter in 2001 & 2002, Chapter Officer of the Laguna Chapter in 1994-2000 and the Secretary of Council of Former Region IV Governors in 2006. He also became a member of the IIEE Committee on Professional Practice in 2005, Vice- Chairman of the Committee on PRC Deputation Monitoring in 2004 and a member of the Committee on Registered Master Electricians in 2004. In 2008, Engr. Cruz became the Chairman of the IIEE Committee on Manual of Operations for Chapter.


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He won several awards, one of which is the Most Outstanding Regional Governor in 2008. He was also the Recipient of Several IIEE Region IV & Chapter Awards. Engr. Cruz graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology in 1988. He became a Registered Electrical Engineer in 1988.

Presently, he is a Senior Manager of the Automotive Air-conditioning Technology Philippines, Inc. Prior to this, he was the Quality Assurance Manager of the same company and previously the Plant Engineer of Fantastic Garments Philippines, Inc.


ENGR. ROLAN J. DIO Governor, Region V Engr. Roland Dio is the Former Chapter President of the IEE Sorsogon. He is a Life Member of the Institute. He finished his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the Bicol University in 1992.

Engr. Rolan Dio is a Registered Electrical Engineer and presently working as the System Loss Superintendent of Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative.


ENGR. ERLO S. SAJO Governor, Region VI Engr. Erlo Sajo is the former President of the IIEE Negros Occidental Chapter. In 2008, he became a member of the Institute’s Committee on Manual of Operations for Chapter. Before becoming the Incumbent Regional Governor of Region VI, he held various positions in IIEE Negros Occidental Chapter. He was the Vice President for Technical Affairs from 2005-2007, Treasurer in 2004, Auditor in 2003, and became a member of the Board of Directors from 1998-2002.

Engr. Sajo finished Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Negros OccidentalRecoletos in 1977. He is a life member of the Institute and a Registered Electrical Engineer.   Presently, he is working as a Manager of the Operation & Maintenance Department of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc.

ENGR. NOEL T. FERNANDEZ Governor, Region VII Engr. Noel T. Fernandez is the Former IIEE Mactan Chapter President and an IIEE Senior Member No. 218 Awarded by IIEE as “The Most Outstanding Electrical Practitioner in the Field of Corporate Management” in 2008 He finished his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of San Jose-Recoletos in 1981.

He attained his Master in Management for Executives & Managers, also from the University of San Jose Recoletos in 2002. He is a Professional Electrical Engineer and presently working as a Manager from the East Asia Utilities Corporation  


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Before becoming a Regional Governor of Region VIII, Engr. Marlon F. Parot first became a Chapter President of the IIEE Zambasulta for 1993 and 1994. He is a Lifetime Member of the Institute. He graduated from Western Mindanao State University, (WMSU) with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1983 and became a Professional Electrical Engineer in 1990. He also attained his Certificate in Government Management from WSMU in 1993; and Master in Public Administration also from Misamis University in 2001. Presently, he is working as a Division Manager from the National Transmission Corporation (Transco) since 2003.

ENGR. ANGEL V. DE VERA, JR Governor, Region IX


Engr. Angel V. de Vera, Jr., a Registered Electrical Engineer and Registered Master Electrician, has been an active IIEE member since 1995 and first became the Secretary of IIEE Davao Chapter in 2001-2002. He was a Vice President Technical, IIEE Davao Chapter, 2003-2004; President, IIEE Davao Chapter, 2005. In 2008, he became a member of the IIEE Committee on Manual of Operations for Chapters.

Engr. Angel V. de Vera, Jr. graduated from University of Southeastern Philippines with a degree on Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1993. He also graduated with a degree on Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Mindanao in 1998. He took up his Master of Engineering Program Major in Electrical Engineering from UM in 1998 and Doctor of PhilosophyMajor in Development Research & Administration (completed academic requirements).   He was an Associate Dean of the College of Engineering from 1999-2001 and became the Dean of the College of Engineering from 2001 to 2006, At present he is designated as the Director-USEP Office of Alumni and Development (OAD) and Chair-Electrical and Power Concerns (EPC) - University of Southeastern Philippines, Faculty 1995 to present.  


ENGR. HIPOLITO A. LEONCIO Immediate Past President Before he assumed the Presidency of the National Office in 2008, Engr. Hipolito A. Leoncio first became the Vice-President for External Affairs in 2006, Vice-President for Internal Affairs and Director of the Convention Bureau in 2007. He is a Senior Member of the Institute and has twenty-two years of active involvement in the IIEE National Office.

Aside from the Institute, Engr. Leoncio became actively involved in different organizations such as the Society of Philippine Electrical Contractors and Suppliers (SPECS) where he became a President in 2005. He also served as the Past President of Rotary Club San Juan, District 3800.   QUOTE & UNQUOTE Engr. Leoncio attained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas in 1970 and Bachelor in Business Management, Pamantasan Lungson ng Maynila (PLM) in 1976. He is the graduate of Management Development Program of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in 1996.   He became a Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) with a license no. 1105 in 1976. He started his engineering career as a Cadet Engineer in Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) until he became Assistant Vice-President. He also served as the Vice-President of Meralco Energy Inc. (MEI). Presently, he is working as the Managing Director of the Phasor Constructon Corporation. He also provides consultancy and design services to selected firms and corporations.


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IIEE Snap Shots

The Council of Student Chapters (CSC) conducted its 2009 Planning and orientation with representatives from different regions, last June 11-12, 2009

Region VI Negros Occidental Chapter conducted “Brigada Eskwela”: Electrical check-up in J.L Araneta Elementary School of Barangay Taloc, Bago City last May 29, 2009

Sustainable tree-planting hosted by the IIEE Isabela-Quirino and ISELCO 1 unit last June 19, 2009


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Region IV celebrates “Family Month” during the J2U Marinduque Chapter last May 15-17, 2009

Don Honorio Ventura College of Arts and Trades (DHVCAT) and RCSC officers during the Student chapter visitation and school scouting last June 8, 2009

The new face of Valenzuela road as a result of the ceremonial switching and roadway lighting last April 7, 2009

Region IX NMYC team visited one of the solar panel projects of USEPANEC at Dadatan, Samal Island on June 14,.2009

PELMATP Ceremonial Switching of Energy Efficient Lighting in Malabon

last June 30, 2009

Region VIII Governor, Engr. Marlon Parot with the Iligan Bay chapter officers and RCSC during the meeting on June 2, 2009


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European Investors Still Positive on investment opportunities in the Philippines Thursday, April 2, 2009 Affirming that the Philippines continues to be a viable destination for business, a 40-man delegation from Belgium and Spain visited Manila from March 1 to 7, 2009 to explore tie-ups and projects with local and multinational companies in trade and investment. At the same time, it shows that indeed despite the financial crunch, European companies are looking for areas to locate and co-locate their manufacturing processes as well as services.

at some private companies. Managed by Board of Investments and the Department of Trade and Industry, a daylong seminar and series of businessmatching sessions were held on March 3 at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel.  Philippine companies engaged infrastructure, engineering, environment and water sectors converged and explored business projects, partnerships and possible outsourcing with the delegation.

The visit was also made possible through the support of the Flander and Trade (FIT) Agency of Belgium and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The group’s itinerary consisted of courtesy visits to the ADB, World Bank and United Nations (UN) offices as well as selected government agencies and on-site calls

BOI expressed confidence that these sessions will give way to company tie-ups and opportunities to further expand and strengthen the company’s infrastructure network.  Certainly opportunities persist in these trying times.

MERALCO WELCOMES PBR DECISION Despite adjustment some customers to see reduction in bills due to CERA refund acceleration and lower transmission charges April 23, 2009 The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) today said it welcomes the approval by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of its rate translation under Performance-Based Regulation (PBR). With the approval, Meralco will be the latest electric utility to implement PBR-based rates. In October last year, Dagupan Electric Corporation (DECORP) and Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (CEPALCO) began implementing their PBR rates. The National Transmission Corporation, whose operations were recently assumed by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), first implemented PBR rates three years ago. For Meralco, implementation will start this May 2009. ERC approved an average distribution charge of P1.22 per kWh. At the same time, ERC directed Meralco to accelerate the CERA refund, from 4 centavos implemented starting March, to 14.61 centavos per kWh this May. Even with the PBR adjustment some of our customers may even experience reductions in their power bills this May,” said Meralco. “In addition to accelerating the CERA refund as directed by ERC, transmission charges to our customers will go down by an average of 16.53 centavos per kWh under the annual updating.” The reduction in transmission charges is the result of the annual updating of transmission charges prescribed by the Transmission Rate Adjustment Mechanism or TRAM. With the three rate developments for May, the PBR adjustment, CERA refund change, and lower

transmission charges, there will be a net reduction of 1.4-centavos per kWh in average power rates for May. ERC approved distribution-related charges P1.2227 per kWh 2008 average distribution-related charges 0.9657 Net adjustment in distribution charges 0.2570 Additional CERA refund (0.1061) Transmission charge reduction (0.1653) Net reduction in electric rates P(0.0144) per kWh The recently released ERC Order resolved the Motions for Reconsideration (MRs) filed by NASECORE and other groups on ERC’s Decision approving PBR-based rates for Meralco. The Decision was released in October 2008 but its implementation was deferred pending resolution of the MRs. This is a welcome development for the industry as it signals stability in the regulatory process and assures customers of reliable and sustainable service.” Under PBR, distribution utilities (DUs) are either rewarded or fined depending on their actual performance. With the PBR, customers can look forward to higher efficiency and reliability in electricity service since the utility will be fined if it does not meet service level standards. All private DUs in the Philippines are mandated to enter PBR, a rate-setting methodology successfully employed in other progressive countries such as the United States, UK and Australia. “ It is close to six years since Meralco was last allowed to adjust its rates. The last time Meralco had an adjustment was in June 2003 when the bill was unbundled,” Meralco said in a statement


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POWER BILLS DOWN IN MAY Due to lower generation charge

May 05, 2009 Customers of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will experience a reduction in their power bills this May following a considerable drop of 59.70 centavos in the generation charge, from P5.0205 per kWh last April to P4.4235 per kWh this month. The generation cost of Meralco’s suppliers reflected a significant decrease, mainly triggered by a considerable reduction in fuel cost last April,” said Meralco VP and head of Utility Economics Ivanna dela Peña. Under the quarterly repricing, the price of natural gas used by the First Gas plants declined by 30 percent, from US$10.69 per Gigajoule (GJ) to US$7.46 /GJ for the April 2009 supply month. Because of this, both First Gas-operated Sta. Rita and San Lorenzo experienced reductions. Sta. Rita, which contributed 28.9 percent in Meralco’s energy share, had a P1.75 per kWh reduction, while San Lorenzo, at 14.6 percent energy share, had a reduction of P1.11 per kWh, Meanwhile, Meralco’s other independent power producer (IPP), Quezon Power, which supplied 12.8 percent of Meralco’s requirement, had a decrease of 70.90 centavos, due to improved dispatch. The average NPC also rate down went down by 19.55 centavos. NPC accounted for 36.4 percent of Meralco’s energy requirements.

All these reductions tempered the P1.42 per kWh increase in the price of WESM, which supplied 7.4 percent of Meralco’s requirement. Aside from the reduction in the generation charge, Meralco will also be adjusting other electric bill components for the May 2009 billing month. Last April, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approved Meralco’s pending application to adjust distribution-related charges. At the same time, the regulatory body directed Meralco to accelerate the CERA refund, from 4 centavos per kWh that was implemented in March to 14.61 centavos per kWh this May. In addition, transmission charges to customers will go down by an average of 16.5 centavos per kWh through the annual updating of transmission charges as provided by ERC’s Transmission Rate Adjustment Mechanism (TRAM). System loss charges will also drop following reduced generation and transmission charges. Considering all of these adjustments, Meralco customers will experience net reductions in their bills this May. A residential customer consuming 100 kWhs who paid P733.72 in April will see his May bill go down by P57.62. An average Meralco residential customer consuming 200 kWh per month will experience a reduction of P165.02.

DOE OPENS 2009 BIDDING FOR COAL AREAS May 8, 2009 The Department of Energy (DOE) has opened the Philippine Energy Contracting Round (PECR) 2009 for coal. A total of 30 areas or coal block systems are being offered for this year’s contracting round. Under the PECR, winning bidders will be awarded contracts to explore and develop the country’s coal resources. Energy Secretary Angelo T. Reyes welcomes energy exploration companies to take part in the coal contract system and assured them that “we have undertaken a thorough process of resource evaluation to yield high exploration success that is in line with our shared goal of efficient development and production of the coal areas.” Ultimately, we hope that these areas will increase local production of coal to serve the country’s increasing energy demand,” Reyes added. The department has also issued new guidelines for companies interested to participate in the bidding. The guidelines specify the minimum legal, technical and financial requirements for companies applying under the coal operating contract system. Companies


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are required to submit a proposal which includes a work program, financial, technical and legal documentation. The DOE Contracts Negotiating Panel will evaluate the applications based on a company’s resource exploration strategy, utilization and production approach, evidence of available funds and financial track record, technical resources and validity of legal documents. We are looking for companies who have vast experience and technical expertise in the exploration, evaluation, field development and utilization of coal deposits and must have the financial capability and necessary risk capital to explore and develop coal resources in the country,” Reyes stressed. The coal contracting round officially opened today and will close on June 8, 2009. For the list of the areas on offer as well as the complete guidelines for application, please check out ph/PECR/Coal/coal.htm


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INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENTS IN HIGHINTENSITY DISCHARGE (HID) LAMPS (For Solar Streetlighting, High-Bay Lighting, Billboards, Floodlighting, Etc.) By: Olegario S. Serafica President, Renewable Energy Association of the Philippines

Appropriate lighting is not only a vital necessity for security and safety in a community but also provides a sense of well-being and progress. Streetlights and plaza/park lighting consume so much energy that eats much of the budget of the community so there is a growing demand for the usage of energy-efficient lamps and to harness solar energy to power the lights. Energy efficiency however not only has to consider illumination brightness and power consumption but also optical safety appropriate for motorists (roadways) and pedestrians (parks). As such, fluorescent lamps (CFL and tube-type) are not appropriate for roadway lighting due to their low frequency ballasts which can create optical hazards to motorists. An innovation of High-Pressure Gas Discharge (HPGD) lamps utilizing mixed gases (no mercury) as the medium can now provide the required brightness, economy in operation and safety considerations. This HPGD lamp won an Innovation Award at the Pittsburg Invention & New Product Exposition (INPEX). The lumen efficiency of the new HPGD lamp can reach an amazing 97.43 lumens per Watt (Lm/W) with high color rendition index (CRI). The high luminance, low power consumption and low heat generation are attested by the Taiwan Research and Testing Center, the most authoritative non-profit organization for streetlight testing and certification in Taiwan. Considering the vaunted long lifespan and low power consumption of light-emitting diode (LED) lamps for various lighting applications, much research is being done to use LED lamps for streetlights. For high light intensities required for street lighting, heat dissipation/management poses a problem which may affect the LED lifespan. The presently available LED lamps with luminous efficiency of less than 45 Lm/W cannot adequately illuminate a wide road surface from a tall post. High-intensity LEDs (60-90 Lm/W) are developed but are still extremely costly. Mercury and sodium lamps are widely used for streetlighting and environmentalists are concerned on their proper disposal due to the toxic content. Furthermore, both have low color rendition index (CRI) and not so high luminance efficiencies thus require higher power consumption.



Metal Halide 400W/250W

Lumems/Watt (Lm/W)

90 - 70

37 - 95

30 - 50

40 - 75

75 / 74

K (color temperature)

3,000 and 4,200

3,300 - 5,700

3,200 - 3,400

2,000 - 2,500

3,800 - 4,100 / 4,500 - 4800

83 - 92

70 - 85




50K - 100K Good heat mgmt has to be done

3,000 - 5,000


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As shown in the comparison chart, the HPGD lamp has a very high luminous efficiency of 97.43 Lm/W, high CRI, long lifespan, low heat generation, and is environment friendly. Aside from its outstanding features, the HPGD lamp consumes much less power. Compared to sodium/mercury lamps, some models can achieve up to 70% energy consumption reduction (e.g. a 35W HPGD can replace a 150W mercury/metal halide or a 150W HPGD for 450W mercury/metal halide). Presently, it costs comparably with sodium/mercury lamps and much lower than LED lamps. It is expected to become cheaper in a few years due to economy of scale. SPECIFICATION OF VARIOUS MODELS






Luminance Efficiency

85 lm/W

97 lm/W

93 lm/W


Total Luminous Flux (lm)

1,700 lm

3,395 lm

6,975 lm

14,550 Lm

Total System Flux With Reflective Cap

6,800 lm

13,580 lm

27,900 lm

58,200 Lm

Intallation Height




Input Power




12m AC220

Existing streetlights, high-bay lights, billboard lights, floodlights, etc. can be easily retrofitted with the HPGD bulb, ballast and socket to lower the initial costs. For further power cost savings, the HPGD lighting (street/roadway, billboard, plaza/park, stadium, etc.) can be provided with solar power supply with commercial power as standby in case of prolonged sunless days. One controller with solar array and battery bank can handle up to 18 streetlights or billboard lights. Standards for street lighting, particularly for motorways, should be carefully studied and imposed. Poor roadway lighting poses optical and safety hazards. Some countries are changing yellow (to white) lighting for tunnels to minimize the abrupt change in light intensity from bright sunlight in going into and out of a tunnel.

HPGD Lamp, 35Watts, 12VDC or 220VAC


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Meralco’s Environmental Thrust

Renewable Energy With inputs from Joseph Amosco, Energy Sourcing

A purchase contract Meralco concluded recently with a methane-based power plant underscores the power distributor’s continuing commitment to help preserve the environment, which is geared towards the larger goal of sustainable development. Meralco recently formalized a pace-setting agreement with the Montalban Methane Power Corp. (MMPC), borne out of a ground-breaking initiative to tap the methane emissions of a garbage dumpsite in Rodriguez, Rizal, to produce electricity. BOTOCAN, 1929 The methane project is the most recent project that highlights Meralco’s consistent support for environmental concerns. Such support actually began as early as 1929 when it built the Botocan hydroelectric power plant at the Botocan River in Majayjay, Laguna. Completed the following year, the 17-MW plant was reputedly one of the largest of its kind in East Asia at the time. Meralco has also been buying electricity from the Caliraya plant in Lumban, Laguna and the 528-KW Philpodeco mini-hydro plant in Nagcarlan, Laguna in keeping with the power firm’s continuing search for environment-friendly sources of electricity. The Caliraya plant initially formed part of Meralco’s wide ranging power development program, but the government-run National Power Corp. (Napocor) took over construction of the project in 1936. Meralco became the principal customer of the plant under a long-term power purchase agreement with Napocor. The ongoing privatization of NPC plants, as laid down by the EPIRA, has transferred ownership and control of the generating plants to new private owners. Although Meralco is preserved through the Transition Supply Contract (TSC) with NPC notwithstanding privatization of the latter’s generating capacity, it chose to exercise the option to sign a contract assignment that provides direct access to the privatized hydro plants output. In a similar arrangement, Meralco is also keen on signing volume assignment with privatized geothermal plants. THE SEARCH CONTINUES Meralco is always on the lookout for developments in the renewable energy sector. The company, as an active participant in the drafting of the soon to be released Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the Renewable Energy Act or RA 9513 being supervised by the Department of Energy (DOE), takes

on an active role in the development of the sector. It strongly believes that a carefully developed and supported Renewable Energy Law and IRR will not only facilitate the integration of more green energy into the system, but also make green projects economically attractive and competitive for a utility company. Meralco was also instrumental in the successful implementation of the $4-billion Malampaya Natural Gas Project in Palawan. Meralco was committed to buy 50 percent of Malampaya’ s power output. The other half is sold to the state-owned Napocor. Methane is Meralco’s latest interest in supporting the cause of environmental preservation. Under the accord forged last month, the MMPC would supply to Meralco the electricity generated at the dumpsite. The MMPC is an eight-megawatt (MW) power plant that taps the otherwise hazardous gas from the landfill site in Rodriguez town (formerly Montalban) to generate electricity. “The critical ingredient to the economic viability of this waste-to-energy project is our participation as the buyer of the plant’s power output,” Meralco officials said. The MMPC would earn revenues for carbon credits from the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol just for burning the methane, which is 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas (GHG) than carbon dioxide (CO2). Flaring not only gets rid of the stench coming out of the garbage dumps, but it also converts the methane into the less harmful CO2. “Using methane as fuel to produce electricity is, therefore, a beneficial endeavor for the environment,” Meralco stressed. Greenhouse gases’\carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and sulphur hexafluoride’\trap the sun’s heat in the atmosphere and causes global warming. The 1996 Kyoto Protocol is a multilateral treaty ratified by at least 183 countries, including the Philippines, that embodies the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change. The document provides for the grant of financial incentives to projects meant to address greenhouse gas emissions.


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INStitute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the 1997 BY-LAWS Philippines, Inc. (IIEE) ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TECHNICAL SEMINARS

EE RESEARCH CONTEST Guidelines Objective This contest aims to promote and highlight advancement in the field of Electrical Engineering for sharing new technologies, ideas, and concepts among schools and universities that offers Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Contest Period and Venue


Entries shall be submitted to the IIEE National Office at Monte de Piedad St., Cubao, Quezon City. Last day of submission of entries is on September 15, 2009. Contest Target Date: IIEE Annual National onvention (November 2009)

The following are eligible to join the contest


• All undergraduate students and faculty adviser must be an IIEE member.

The Academic Affairs Committee shall screen all entries. All entries that passed the screening shall be forwarded for endorsement to the Office of VP for Technical Affairs for final approval.

Conditions of the Contest • This is aa group competition • Each group shall be composed of one (1) faculty adviser and at least two (2) students. • Presentation MUST BE RENDERED by the STUDENTS •Entry to be submitted must be in accordance with the following categories as stated in these guidelines STRICLTY One (1) entry per school Research Category Creative Research – Research should be new, creative, and innovative. Innovative projects/models including machines, gadgets, products, and processes developed by college students and faculty members. These projects/models should possess features and characteristics that may have significant contribution to the promotion of S & T innovations that are not contrary to public order, models, public health, and welfare. Research category/topics must have an EE Application and are not limited to, the following: 1 Renewable Energy Sources 2 Power Electronics 3 Energy Conversion 4 Energy Utilization and Environment 5 Software Development 6 Instrumentation and Control 7 Mechatronics / Machine Automation 8 Microelectronics 9 Microcontroller-based / Microprocessor-based projects Contestants shall select only one (1) area they consider appropriate for their entry.


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Judging The Board of Judges may come from DOST, DOE, IIEE and/or other research agencies. Mechanics: • Each finalist is given a 15-minute oral presentation of their research entry • When the 15-minute time allotted for the oral presentation is over, the presenter must stop, even if the presentation is not yet finished • A maximum of 15-minute Q & A period follows after the oral presentation that will be facilitated by a session moderator • The criteria for the oral presentations are as follows: Significance & Degree of Relevance to the EE Profession Degree of Inventiveness/Ingenuity Clarity of Presentation Extent of Usefulness Market Potential

30% 25% 20% 15% 10%

• Results of the contest will be announced during the closing ceremonies. • The decision of the Board of Judges is final and unappealable. • Non-winners shall be given certificates of merits for participating in the contest. • IIEE is not liable for any violation related to intellectual property rights. For more inquiries, you may contact Ms. Zaida Tinio at tel. No. 727-3552 local 107, mobile no.: 0928-5074140 or email address: trainings@iiee.


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Power generation, renewable energy, transmission, and distribution industry professionals will converge at POWER-GEN Asia

POWER-GEN Asia Conference and Exhibition 7-9 October 2009 IMPACT Exhibition & Convention Centre Bangkok, Thailand POWER-GEN Asia, the premier conference and exhibition for the power generation and transmission and distribution industries, is returning to Bangkok, Thailand for what will be an outstanding event bringing together many of the leading players, executives and professionals. With full support and endorsement from the leading industry related organizations in Thailand, including the Ministry of Energy, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation (TGO), the event is also supported by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB). POWER-GEN Asia continues to push the boundaries in conference content and once again offers a leading line up of conference speakers, from around the world, discussing important topics and issues that are key to the power generation and transmission & distribution industries across the ASEAN region. 2009 also sees the launch and co-location of Renewable Energy World Asia, an exhibition and conference that will play an important role in the rapidly developing renewable energy industry. Recently announcing the preliminary programme, POWER-GEN Asia is proving its credentials as the region’s leading power industry conference, with an excellent high quality line up of speakers. Strengthening Energy Security for Sustained Economic Growth Following this years conference theme, which looks at the regional nature of the possible solutions to the demand for power, a diverse range of topics will be discussed by an equally broad range of international speakers, from traditional fossil fuel technology to the developments in green and renewable power generation. With an opening keynote session that includes invited speakers Mr. Wannarat Charnnukul, Minister of Energy, Thailand; Mr. Lim Hng Kiang, Minister of Industry, Singapore; Mr. Sombat Sarntijaree, Governor, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Thailand; Mr. Dong-Soo Suh, Executive Vice President Power Plant Business Group, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd., South Korea, the conference programme will also see a Plenary Panel Discussion discussing ‘Meeting the Energy Challenge in the Face of the Economic Downturn’ chaired by Daniel Liew, Asia Managing Partner, SJ Berwin LLP, Hong Kong S.A.R., and includes a host of industry leading professionals and figureheads Mark Hutchinson, Senior Director, HIS CERA, Singapore Victor Dizon, Director, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore’ Giuseppe Jacobelli, Group Director – Carbon Ventures, CLP Holdings Limited, Hong Kong S.A.R.; Dr. Piyasvasti Amranand, Chairman, Kasikorn Asset Management, Thailand; Joan MacNaughton, Senior Vice President of Power and Environmental Policies, Alston, UK; Nguyen Manh Hung, Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Energy, Vietnam and Frederic Crampe, Managing Director, ReEx Capital Asia, Singapore. Over 100 presentations will take place at POWER-GEN Asia and Renewable Energy World Asia during the three-day conference, being hosted at the state-of-the-art IMPACT Exhibition & Convention Centre, Bangkok. Full details of the Conference Programme can be found by visiting Conference Director, Nigel Blackaby, said, “We are excited by the quality of this years conference programme. The strategic and technical content provides great information and educational opportunities for all power industry executives to observe, learn and update their skills and knowledge of emerging technologies and key topics that will affect the future of the region’s power generation industry.”


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“This year’s programme offers a great range of speakers, from across the industry and around the world, sharing their experiences and skills and we are also delighted that presentations will also be made by some of the key industry policy makers and establishments which will provide great interest to the industry,” continued Mr. Blackaby. Technical Tour – Bang Pakong Combine Cycle Power Plant 5 Project

Commissioned in March 2009, the Bang Pakong Combined Cycle 5 Project (BPCC 5) power plant is the latest addition to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand’s (EGAT) portfolio. Bang Pakong Power Plant is presently Thailand’s biggest and most modern thermal power plant employing state-of-the-art technologies of power system and environmental management. With an aggregate capacity of 3680 MW, Bang Pakong plays a vital role in securing the power system, now producing well over 25 per cent of the country’s electricity needs. The new BPCC 5 power plant, supplied and built by a Siemens Marubeni consortium, sees a combined cycle unit with a capacity of 700 MW. Its utilization of a combined cycle power generating system offers an efficient, and reliable power service to drive the nation’s continuous economic and social development. Its burning of indigenous natural gas as major fuel has significantly reduced the country’s dependence on imported oil, and thus saving substantial foreign currency each year. Bang Pakong Power Station also boasts its technical training Centre, which is Thailand’s first and most advanced training center for the operation and maintenance of gas/oil fired power plant. This years POWER-GEN Asia Technical Plant Tour will enable limited numbers of the conference delegates to visit the plant offering an interesting insight into Thailand’s largest and most modern power plants. Further details and to register visit www.powergenasia. com. POWER-GEN Asia Exhibition The POWER-GEN Asia exhibition also offers a valuable insight into the new developments and technologies available in the market and has seen this year’s exhibition grow to its largest since the event began 17 years ago. Event Director, Glenn Ensor, said, “The sustained growth of POWERGEN Asia is important in maintaining the on-going support of organisations such as the Ministry of Energy, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) and the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation (TGO). We are delighted with their endorsement, and indeed the on-going support of existing exhibitors, whilst welcoming new companies who will experience the benefits and opportunities of being involved with POWER-GEN Asia.” With over 150 exhibitors from around the world and over 6000 expected visitors from over 50 countries, POWER-GEN Asia has become the most important annual meeting place for international power executives with interests in the ASEAN region. POWER-GEN Asia provides the platform for international power executives to meet under one roof and receive vital information first hand. The event offers a unique forum to meet the region’s power needs by putting them face-to-face with key decision makers and provide the best possible opportunity to share ideas, meet new contacts and build business relationships. For further information on POWER-GEN Asia and Renewable Energy World Asia Conference & Exhibition 2009 and to register online, visit


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First of the two-part series


This article is an assimilation of the interwoven factors & issues that contribute to the reliability of power systems in industrial plants... WHAT IS RELIABILITY? As Reliability a broad scope, understanding what it is, comes first. IEEE defines RELIABILITY as “the ability of a system or component to perform its required functions under stated conditions for a specified period of time.” Likewise, from the Wikipedia, Reliability may be defined in several ways, as follows: ? The idea that something is fit for a purpose with respect to time; ? The capacity of a device or system to perform as designed; ? The resistance to faults or failures of a device or system; ? The ability of a device or system to perform a required function under stated conditions for a specified period of time; ? The ability of something to “fail well” (to fail without catastrophic consequences and is restorable in a reasonable period of time). RELIABILITY IN EVERYDAY LIFE In the Philippines, electricity is usually taken for granted. As observers say, ‘electrical power is somewhat like the air people breathe’. Electricity seems to be just ‘in there,’ meeting every man’s need constantly, somewhat eternally. It is always expected that light comes every time a switch is flipped. But fact is that humanity doesn’t really think about it until it is lost.It is only during a power failure, when one enters into a dark room and instinctively hits the useless switch, realizing how important power is in daily life. But, a reliable & continuous presence of electricity is more than just comfort or convenience. It’s a necessity. Take power out and industries will grind to a halt - the nation’s economy, as well. Without it today, life gets clumsy and gawky. In an industrial plant scenario for instance: It’s only a matter of pushing a button and a 6,000 kW motor kicks up to life - just like that! And nobody seems to be thinking about it. That in a sense is reliability..! But if somebody is worrying about what could result if a button is activated (e.g., huge voltage dips or source trip-outs), then that’s another story... Now, if nobody seems to be worrying about it - then that is good reliability..! Thus, in practical terms, power system reliability is simply: “There is power at sufficient capacity when needed, at any given time, all the time..!” For an industrial plant, maintaining a high level of reliability requires continuing purposive watch. Of course, a plant relies on a dependable interconnected network of generation (by NPC or PNOC or IPP’s), transmission (TRANSCO & other Power Distributors), and the industry’s own distribution systems to power up various processes whose appetite for power may be small or big time. The questions thus, are: 1) What is the industrial plant’s desired condition in so far as operational continuity is concerned? 2) How long can the industrial plant endure a forced shutdown? The type of process and the behavior of manufacturing operations of the plant dictate the continuity of service requirements of the power system. Some plants can tolerate interruptions while others require the highest degree of continuity. Where adequacy & continuity of service is of prime importance, these plants deserve a much higher degree of sophistication in their own distribution systems than others.


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THE RELIABILITY ‘NINES’ Again, the question is “What levels of reliability can a manufacturing plant live with?” of all, we need to be oriented with the ‘Reliability Nines’ as a technical lingo. The telephone network today has always been identified as a good example of a highly reliable system. But then, bad weather conditions among other factors threaten to derail its high reliability for obvious reasons. As experts say, “if the telephone system was out of service for a total of nine (9) hours over an entire year, then it was available for 525,060 minutes out of a possible 525,600 minutes. Its reliability is therefore: 525,060 divided by 525,600 minutes = .999”. Global experts label it as: “three-nines”--and is a good reliability by most standards. Note that the ‘Reliability Nines’ are new measurements for service dependability, consistency and trustworthiness packaged in official terms as ‘reliability’. Depending on the nature of the business, the desired ‘nines’ in reliability depends on how essential the service is and what are the downtime benchmarks with other industries of similar nature. For telephone systems for instance, a nine-hour downtime per year may be excellent, but not acceptable for life-support systems in hospitals. To compare with other types of services, the following new global standards may give some insights & discoveries as follows: 1) Homes: Three 9’s (99.9%), 9 hours downtime per year 2) Factories/Manufacturing Plants: Four 9’s (99.99%), 59 min/year 3) Hospitals, Airports: Five 9’s (99.999%), 5 minutes per year 4) Banks: Six 9’s (99.9999), 32 seconds per year 5) E-Commerce/ On-Line Markets: Nine 9’s, 30 milliseconds per year As can be seen, reliability performance has got to do with the quality service. In its everyday sense, quality of service means “consistency”and “repeatability”. Reliability is when the service, whatever it is, is available or unavailable depending on one’s perspective. A perfectly reliable system therefore is said to have a reliability of 1.0000, or a hundred percent. RELIABILITY IN THE MANUFACTURING PLANT Note that with today’s technology, the ‘three-nines’ for telephone systems is no longer what the industry is looking at. The standard now often mentioned for traditional telephone service is the stiffer “five-nines”. This had become a motivational goal for new competing players, and a bragging right for those who have achieved it. What about the factory? A factory or manufacturing plant supposedly belongs to ‘four-nines’. The expressed term ‘four-nines’ refer to the figure 99.99%. It’s not just how frequent pieces of equipment in a power system burst into flames that solely counts. It’s much of the time the manufacturing plant is available for production. Availability already imbeds how often it breaks down and how fast it gets back into service. In addition, how long a system is out of service due to routine maintenance. If a reliability of ‘two nines’ is acceptable to a manufacturing plant, this means that it could afford an average 87.6 hours of downtime annually (3 days, 15 hours and 40 minutes).To increase this reliability to four-nines, it means redundant systems where maintenance can be performed without necessarily shutting down production, while not loading the transformers, switchgears or cables heavily to their thresholds, and to make the system resistant to faults & failures if it should fail, it should “fail well”.


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“Failing Well” is what experts refer to in systems that sturdy enough to resist faults. And faults here mean that there shall be no disturbance to other systems that are unfaulted. The system therefore should be designed to isolate faults selectively with least disturbance to other parts of the system and should have the features for maximum reliability consistent with plant requirements. “Failing Well” also means that no damage in catastrophic proportions must result out of these faults. In Europe it is referred to as “fault control”. THE PILLARS OF RELIABILITY Are “RELIABILITY NINES” achievable?

Reliability could partially mean the best equipment or systems that are the easiest to repair or maintain. That’s maintainability. But on top of these, redundancy is still needed. Highly reliable systems often include multiple power supplies,UPS’s (stationary or rotary), backup diesel generators (for longer power outages) and extras of whatever else is likely to fail. Troublesome equipment & apparatuses that break down a lot and take a long time to get back online are going to spoil reliability. So, the chosen system depends on the duration of outage the plant can tolerate. Diesel generator sets require about 5-10 seconds starting, coming up to rated speed, develop rated voltage, and begin to powering up loads. Where even momentary outages are unacceptable, UPS or flywheels (rotary UPS’s) are now common.

Note that the concept of ‘Reliability Nines’ can be achieved through: 1) Good Design of the System 2) Effective Maintenance Program 3) Error-Free Operation

While it is true that reliability is fundamentally influenced by the sturdiness of equipment & apparatuses in the system, trouble-free operation and effective maintenance starts at the drawing board when the design of a system is conceptualized. The design of an electrical system is to provide continuous operation under all foreseeable circumstances, including utility outages and equipment breakdown. When considering the implications of reliability, all three pillars of system reliability:design, operations, and maintenance, must be inputted in the design concept. Experts in Reliability say, “There is no maintenance program that can improve the reliability of a poorly designed system. Additionally, whatever maintenance program developed by a plant is determined by the design of the system and the goals of the organization. One goal for reasonable levels of reliability given the nature of the technology is a good selection of equipment or system that provides a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) that is as long as possible. It is desirable to have a few relatively long but planned service interruptions rather than lots and lots of short ones that are unexpected. Maintenance also aims to provide a Mean Time To Resolution (MTTR) that is as short as possible, so that when a failure does occur service can get back quickly”. Again, this is maintainability. Reliability practitioners further say, ‘The telephone system is a good example of reliability improvement over time. When telephones first became widely available in the early twentieth century, their reliability was poor by today’s standards, with outages, dropped calls, line noise and crosstalk quite common. As time passed, technology improved to the point where five nines of reliability are now common. It did, however, take nearly eighty years to reach that standard of reliability’. For sure, reliability comes at a cost - and it doesn’t come in cheap. For electric systems of any manufacturing plant for that matter; operational continuity frequently is synonymous to ‘how fast the restoration of electric service’ is. But swift restoration of service cannot be achieved when there are no alternate paths of power flow provided in the system. REDUNDANCY: THE ‘N + n’SYSTEMS Hereunder is to introduce the terms, [N + 1], [N + 2], [N + 3]... as reliability through good system design:


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1) A system with one redundant path is termed an N+1 design. 2) N + 1 would allow for one of the paths to be de-energized for maintenance while the other is still energized, allowing maintenance without system shutdown. 3 If the system is designed with a normal path and two alternate paths (N+2 design), one path could be down for maintenance, a failure could occur in a second path, and ideally, the third path would supply power to the load without interruption. Thus for industrial plants, new reliability jargon has given rise to the novel terms as: N+1, N+2, N+3 or N+n which speak for the degree of redundancy. How then does the Power System of an industrial plant fare with the ‘N + n’ principle? Note that in a system that has been operating for 20 years, the more honest-to-goodness maintenance is needed to sustain continuous operation. But decent maintenance (other than wiping, air-blowing or cleaning the externals of the equipment & apparatuses) cannot be done if there is no degree of redundancy in the system. Chances are, maintenance time would only be a few hours usually allocated during scheduled plantwide annual shutdowns. In this case, maintenance becomes superficial and hasty as production group would be scratching their backs when schedule to re-start operation has come. So then, maintenance can’t be effective if the plant itself is not designed to be ‘maintainable’.The power system configuration must be maintenance-friendly such that maintaining major equipment does not mean shutting down the plant. If maintenance requires shutting down the plant, so then the plant is “not maintainable”. If continuous round-the-clock operation of all or some identifiable parts of the process is required, then system configuration must have redundant feeders or separate supplies to these components to support maintenance at other portions of the system. The power system must also be flexible in events of failures of major equipment such that the plant can still operate partially in a considerable production capacity. But then, redundant power supplies in some instances do not always improve reliability. If two redundant feeders supply power to an industrial facility but originate at the same utility substation and are carried on the same set of power poles, reliability will be lower than if they originate at separate substations and travel to the site on different sets of power poles. The problem with redundant feeders carried on the same set of poles is that a single-point failure (e.g., a weather- related event, pole fire, or traffic accident) cause simultaneous outages on both sources.

DISCLAIMER Information contained in this work has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, i.e., on top of personal experiences of the author and the benchmarked practices so far available at hand. However, the author cannot guarantee the perfection, accuracy or completeness of any information written herein. Should there be perceived incompleteness or gray areas in the presentation of information in this work, it is advised that the reader will seek for reference books or materials to reinforce the vague portions of this work; or the assistance of an appropriate professional should be sought.

About the Author Engr. Dominico “Doods” A. Amora is the incumbent IIEE National Auditor. He is the Chief Operating Officer of PRIMARY ELEKTRIKS & POWER SPECIALIST CORP. and the Managing Director & Chief Lecturer of CESEEPS International, Inc. He was also a Former Plant Manager of the LEAR Corporation in Plant 222, MEPZ 1, Lapulapu City.


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MEMBERS’ CORNER May 20, 2009 Sir/Ma’am, I hope that member(s) like me, have an access in your library, as you’ve promised, all the members can freely use the IIEE Facilities (Library) as always mentioned in the IIEE Magazines and the last year’s 33rd Annual National Convention. I hope that you will see the need of your member’s welfare when it comes to professional/skills development. Thank you very much. AMANTEFLOR A. ULEP, JR. RME-0026111 Life Member Dear Sir, We appreciate your concern on the needs of our fellow electrical practitioners. As an IIEE member, you are entitled to use the IIEE Library, located on 2nd Floor, IIEE National Office.

pages from the magazines and letter from the 2007 IIEE-CRCSA Chapter President advising the IIEE-National the new BOD’s for 2008.” The 2008 Board of Directors are as follows: President: Rolando E. Deliva VP-Internal Affairs: Danilo A. Narsolis VP-External Affairs: Victor B. Imperial VP-Technical Affairs: Pedro S. Torres Secretary: Al G. Mutia Treasurer: Lorene Horvidalla Auditor: Rogelio C. Suguitan Governor: Daniel S. Cabasa Governor: Sahak I. Ampang Governor: Wilfredo M. Gapasin Governor: Benedicto V. Andres Governor: Rafael T. Soriano Governor: Jajilo J. Trillo Governor: Timoteo D. Antivola Governor: Delfin T. Ramos

Furthermore, the Institute already created an AD HOC Committee on Library Modernization. This Committee was created to address the needs of additional books and references for our members. I am encouraging all the members to visit the IIEE National Office and the IIEE Library. ARTHUR N. ESCALANTE National President

The Electrical Engineer Magazine received last July

5, 2009 an e-mail from Engr. Rolando E. Deliva, President of IIEE-Central Region Chapter of Saudi Arabia (CRCSA) calling attention to an error in our Issue 2, March-June 2008, which we are publishing in part herein with our apology: “This is to advise an error in the magazine publized by IIEE-National on 2008 (Volume XXXVII No. 2 March-June 2008). The error was that Engr. Rolando E. Deliva is the 2008 IIEE-CRCSA Chapter President and not Engr. Francisco C. Sigaya Jr. (2006 IIEE-CRCSA Chapter President). Attached are the relevant


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ANNOUNCEMENT The Institute welcomes members’ queries and concerns through the ‘The Electrical Engineer Magazine’. For your suggestions, inquiries and comments, e-mail our technical department at or write to the President, IIEE National Office at #41 Monte De Piedad St., Cubao Quezon City.


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The Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (IIEE) is a non-stock, non-profit technical professional organization, accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission as the integrated association for electrical practioner. It is the first and only Accredited Professional Organization (APO) certified under ISO 9001:2000 in the country and was awarded by the PRC as the 2004 Most Outstanding APO.

Registration Form YES! I am interested to participate as an exhibitor of the 3E XPO 2009. Please send me more information. YES! I am interested to participate as a delegate of the convention. Please send me more information. YES! I am interested to visit 3E XPO 2009. Please pre-register my name. SURNAME: M.I.: FIRST NAME: COMPANY: POSITION: OFFICE ADDRESS: ZIP CODE: PHONE: FAX: EMAIL: MAILING ADDRESS: ZIP CODE:

Registration Rates A. For Active Members: PEEs, REEs, RMEs, and Auxiliary Discounted Rate Regular Rate Student Rate

4-day event PhP. 3,000.00 PhP. 3,550.00 PhP. 1,500.00

Deadline until September 30, 2009 (200 slots only)

B. For Inactice Members 1. Pay the IIEE membership fee PEE & REE RME Auxiliary

3-Years Renewal PhP. 1,500.00 PhP. 1,200.00 PhP. 1,200.00

Lifetime PhP. 5,000.00 PhP. 4,000.00

2. Pay the rates indicated above. Fill up the registration form and send to IIEE National Office at 41 Monte de Piedad Street, Cubao 111 Quezon City; or fax to (632) 727 3545 / 410 1899. This form can be photocopied to register additional attendees. For futher inquiries, please call the Marketing Department at (632) 410 1899, 721 6442, 727 3552, 722 7383, 414 5626; Email: or visit our website at

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