Published January 6, 2017, 10:01 PM By Myrna M. Velasco
Two of the coal-fired power facilities under the charge of Aboitiz Power Corporation had passed international surveillance audit undertaken by a third party, thereby, affirming their compliance to systems processes and service standards.
The plants recently audited by TÜV Rheinland Philippines, Inc., an affiliate of Germany-headquartered TÜV Rheinland Group, had been the 735-megawatt Pagbilao and 300-MW Davao facilities.
For the Pagbilao plant, Aboitiz Power’s Therma Luzon, Inc. (TLI) subsidiary is its independent power producer administrator; while the Davao plant under Therma South, Inc. (TSI) is owned and operated by the conglomerate.
The audit’s scope had been on fuel management, ship unloading and coal yard as well as the corresponding inter-functional processes of human resources. It primarily pored over the company’s administration, security, legal and compliance risk management, business systems management, information technology, corporate social responsibility and those at its finance and accounting units.
For this year, Aboitiz Power-Coal Generation Group President and Chief Operating Officer Sebastian R. Lacson, noted that the coverage of the certification shall be expanded to cover plant operations and maintenance.
“This will be made possible by the ongoing business process re-engineering that began in June 2016 to prepare the group for ISO conformance and certification,” he stressed.
Aboitiz Power has explained that “the annual surveillance audits are being conducted by a third party to ensure the organization continues to conform to the standards of ISO 9001 Quality Management System.
ISO 9001 QMS is considered a powerful business tool that enables an organization to identify areas for improvements – be it in operations or becoming more cost-competitive on its products and services.