Alvin Dulay is one of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines’ linemen, the brave frontliners who carry out the arduous task of maintaining 20,000 circuit kilometers of transmission lines and towers across the country.
NGCP’s over 1,000 linemen are distributed across four major regions: North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
But Dulay and the rest of the country’s linemen do not only face the risks represented by the transmission tower above them; they also meet dangers that lie in the path towards it.
Amid the piercing heat, conflict with landowners, risky mountains, rough terrain, and torrential rains, the linemen wear their hats closer to complete the task of fulfilling NGCP’s mission: to ensure that electricity – the lifeblood of modern society – keeps flowing.
Part of their daily task is to inspect towers, check high-voltage transmission lines, and clear structures and trees violating right-of-way clearances. There are times, though, when the job calls for extra hard-hat heroes, for which NGCP’s linemen are equipped to willingly respond.
Dulay was one of the 100 linemen sent to work on the Biñan-Muntinlupa 230kV line when its Tower #34 toppled due to a fire caused by informal settlers underneath it.
According to Dulay, they refused sleep to fulfill NGCP’s promise of restoring the transmission line in only three days after the incident, which occurred on 19 April 2017. .
They got the job done on 22 April.
“Sa isang lineman, isang maliit na bagay lang na mapailaw mo yung isang community, pagbaba mo pag pinalakpakan ka, proud na proud ka sa sarili mo. (For a lineman, if you are able to simply light up a community and see the people clapping for you when you’re going down (the tower), you become very proud of yourself.)”
In October 2018, NGCP emerged as the national winner of the Employer of the Year Award by the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP).
This recognition is given to organizations which have achieved excellence and distinction in people management.
“Iyon ang maganda sa’min, kahit iba’t ibang district kami — North or South — pag nagkikita kami para kaming isang pamilya. Dito sa NGCP, as one lang kami. (That’s the beautiful thing about us, even if we’re from different districts —North or South — when we meet each other it’s as if we’re family. Here in NGCP, we’re as one),” Dulay enthused.
For NGCP, the award was an affirmation of their mission to empower every person and every organization in the Philippines, including their more than 4,700 passionate employees who serve side by side with puso (heart) and galing (competence).
The award also serves as a milestone for the Filipino-led NGCP ahead of its 10th year as the operator of the country’s transmission network.
Dulay received the award for NGCP, stating that the recognition will serve as an inspiration for the men and women behind it to further improve their quality of service and strengthen their commitment to their role in nation-building.