DoLE cites SNAP-Magat for green jobs

FOR upholding environmental sustainability, the SN Aboitiz Power-Magat (SNAP-Magat) in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) was awarded the Gawad Luntian special citation at the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DoLE) Productivity Awards during the recently held official ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City.

SN Aboitiz Power-Magat receives the Gawad Luntian special citation for sustainability efforts at DoLE’s Productivity Olympics 2023. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

SN Aboitiz Power-Magat receives the Gawad Luntian special citation for sustainability efforts at DoLE’s Productivity Olympics 2023. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

According to DoLE, the award recognizes SNAP-Magat’s exceptional efforts “to uphold environmental sustainability and promote green jobs in the Philippine business landscape and advance its workforce and communities through innovative policies and programs.”

The Productivity Olympics 2023 is a biennial competition held by the National Wages and Productivity Commission and its Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) to recognize companies that promote business productivity across various industries in the country.

According to DoLE Regional Director Jesus Elpidio Atal, who is also the current RTWPB head, a total of 221 enterprises nationwide participated in this year’s competition, with 152 aspirants emerging from the regional screening process.

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Based in Ramon town, Isabela province, SNAP-Magat represented Region 2 as one of the 30 national finalists. It owns and operates the Magat Hydro Electric Power Project (HEPP) with a nameplate capacity of 360 megawatts (MW) and a maximum capacity of 388 MW; and the 8.5-MW Maris HEPP, while the non-power components such as dams, reservoirs and spillways are owned, managed and operated by the government.

In a statement, SNAP President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Yu said, “More than the inherent environmental stewardship that comes with being a renewable energy organization, SNAP consciously continues to nurture a work environment and build a business that holds sustainability at its core.”

He said the company also empowers its employees, stakeholders and host communities to reinforce the cause in their own advocacies and practices.

“This recognition affirms our efforts to embed environment, sustainability and governance principles in our culture and business practices,” Yu said.

He said that their sustainability policy is a deliberate step toward meeting global sustainability standards.

“SNAP is driven more than ever to realize our business vision while paving the way toward a sustainable future,” Yu added.

SNAP-Magat is a joint venture of Aboitiz Power Corp. (AP) and Scatec, which is a leading renewable power producer, delivering affordable and clean energy worldwide.

AP provides reliable and ample power supply aiming to have the least adverse effects on the environment and host communities. It is the holding company of the Philippines-based Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution and retail electricity services.

As a long-term player, Scatec — which has headquarters in Norway — develops, builds, owns and operates solar, wind and hydropower plants and storage solutions with more than 3.5 gigawatts in operation and under construction on four continents and more than 500 employees.