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Hedcor, Inc. is in the business of producing and selling clean and renewable energy through the development, operation, and management of hydropower plants. We are an ISO-certified company that operates 19 hydropower facilities with a total installed capacity of 113 megawatts. These plants are located in Benguet, Ilocos Sur, and Davao. hedcorpulse is the official newsletter of Hedcor, Inc. published quarterly. For comments, suggestions, and contributions, contact us at: Hedcor, Inc. | an Aboitiz company 214 Ambuklao Rd, La Trinidad Benguet, 2601 Philippines T (+6374) 442-6080 F (+6374) 444-7944 E inquiry@hedcor.com www.hedcor.com
Hedcor, Inc. joins ECAP commitment signing
boitiz firm and clean energy producer Hedcor, Inc. joined Baguio City officials, government agencies, and various people's organizations in the signing of the Energy and Clean Air Project (ECAP) Declaration of Commitment at the University of Cordilleras Theater last February 28, 2006. The signing of the Declaration of Commitment was the highlight of the two-day celebration of the establishment of the ECAP Project Area Office (PAO) in the city. ECAP PAO Coordinator Edna Tabanda led the event together Baguio City Mayor Braulio Yaranon and USAID Office of Energy and Environment Chief Daniel Moore. Hedcor, Inc. was the lone private energy company that participated in the signing and was represented by Technical Services Department Manager Rafael Macabiog. Our participation is a firm proof of our commitment to produce only clean energy, said Macabiog. Our alliance with the ECAP and with all concerned officials and organizations of Baguio City will only help our goal to inform the public of the benefits of clean and renewable energy, he added. The University of the Cordilleras, on the other hand, was chosen as the ECAP's Academe Coordinator for Baguio City and Northern Luzon. The University was represented by their OIC-President Atty. Reynaldo Agranzamendez. We look forward to working with various organizations like Hedcor, Inc. in helping overcome the energy and clean air challenges in the city, said Tabanda. ECAP is a four-year technical assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) implemented in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE), the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC). Operating in three other project sites in Cebu, Davao, and Metro Manila, the ECAP seeks to address the challenges facing two parallel and complementary components: energy and clean air through strengthening sector governance, improving policy framework and increasing public understanding and support. Hedcor, Inc. is the largest developer of mini hydropower in the Philippines that operates 13 hydroelectric generating facilities in Benguet with a total installed capacity of 39 megawatts. The company's production in 2005 alone has prevented the release of more than 87 million kilograms of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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Editor ors Editors Israel Buenaobra Miguel Romero-Salas to Contributing to this issue Liza Bejar, Jeanne Amango Chairman & CEO Erramon Aboitiz President & COO Rene Ronquillo Corporat porate Group Corporate Communications Group Miguel Romero-Salas, Israel Buenaobra, Carol Tuvera, Joe Tabanda, Darlene Arguelles, Liza Bejar, Gregorio Jabonillo, Chris Faelnar, Joe Mendoza, Glenn Falcasantos, Andy Faelnar, Romy Montoya
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BoI grants incentives to Hedcor Sibulan, Inc.s hydropower project
h e B o a r d o f I n v e s t m e n ts a p p r o v e d o n a pioneer status last January the grant for fiscal incentives to the P4.3 billion Sibulan Hydropower Project of Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. The company was among the six projects processed by the BoI under its one-day approval system during the last week of December 2005. Other projects approved by the BoI include the P404.132 million tourist accommodation project of Fog Horn Inc. and the call center project of Rellianceus Corp. Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. was granted pioneer sta-
tus which brings with it a six-year income tax holiday incentive under the 2005 Investment Priorities Plan (IPP). The plan states that power projects using renewable energy and indigenous resources are automatically entitled to pioneer incentives. The planned project will involve the construction and operation of two run-of-river hydropower plants tapping the waters of the Sibulan and Baroring rivers with a total installed capacity of 42.5 megawatts. The project is expected to generate 230 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy annually and will be completed in 2009. The energy generated by the plants will be sold to and distributed by Davao Light & Power Company (DLPC) to help augment the energy requirements of the Mindanao Region. DLPC is another Aboitiz Equity Ventures subsidiary and the third largest utility operator in the country after Meralco and Visayas Electric Co. Other incentives that Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. stands to receive are tax-free and duty-free importation of machinery, equipment and material in addition to tax cred-

SIBULAN SCENES: Photo at the left shows Hedcor, Inc.s Vic Pelera braving the Sibulan River for gauging. While the top and bottom photos (a family enjoying their laundry day, and a boy with his horse) show some of the locals of Santa Cruz, Davao Del Sur, who will benefit from the Sibulan hydropower project. its on domestically purchased capital equipment. Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. is an affiliate of Hedcor, Inc., a wholly-owned Aboitiz subsidiary and the largest private developer of mini hydropower in the country. Hedcor, Inc. has assets worth over P3.3 billion, which includes 19 hydropower plants with a total capacity of 113 megawatts. Hedcor, Inc. presently operates five generating facilities in Davao, the Talomo1 Plant and the four-plant,3.5 me power plants, which were the first generation assets to be privatized by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) in keeping with its mandate under Republic Act No. 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA). news :: hedcorpulse March 2006 :: 3
One Group. One Vision. Driven to lead, excel and serve.
The following are excerpts from AEV President and Chief Executive Officer Jon Ramon Aboitiz 2005 Message.
s we look back to 2005, we are very grateful as it was a solid year for the Aboitiz Group, despite the many challenges. Overall, our companies performed very well and our success we owe to our strategic vision and to our teams collective passion to excel through efficiency and innovation and to always keep looking for better ways. Thank you all. We hold an optimistic outlook for 2006, as the economy recovers, our government economic and fiscal programs bear fruit, the peso strengthens and fuel oil prices begin to stabilize. Petroleum products, however, will continue to remain at high levels. Obviously there are still many challenges that face us both internationally and domestically. We should not let our guard down. Political issues such as the charter change and its process may also cause some instability. We hope though that the process will be orderly. We continue to operate in a very competitive environment, which requires a tremendous amount of focus on our PASSION FOR BETTER WAYS. We should be driven to lead, to excel and to serve our different stakeholders. This PASSION distinguishes us from the other major players in the different industries we are involved in. OUR GROUP STRATEGY WILL REMAIN THE SAME: FOCUS & STRATEGIC EXPANSION. ***
to supply VECO. We are also studying other projects. Our distribution sector companies led by DLPC continue to excel in all areas and are models of efficiency and service excellence. VECO's turnaround last year is only the beginning of what can still be done to maximize our investment. We will continue to look for opportunities to expand our power distribution business and leverage our expertise in it as we expect more opportunities in the near future.

OUR GROUP STRATEGY WILL REMAIN THE SAME: FOCUS AND STRATEGIC EXPANSION.
Banking UnionBank, City Savings Bank and CSB Finance recorded excellent results in 2005 and continue to be leaders and models of efficiency and returns. In 2006, we will continue to challenge the innovative and creative spirit of our b a n k i n g teams and we are optimistic they will continue to excel. The industry is in a consolidation mode. Food Food continued to excel with another record year in 2005. In 2006, we expect to maximize expansions in the flour milling and feed milling production c a pa b i l i t i e s. T h i s g r o u p continues to be a leader, a model of efficiency and a lowcost producer of quality products. We are optimistic of its continued outstanding performance in 2006.
Power Our generation group had an exceptional year led by Hedcor, Inc. and Luzon Hydro. In the near future, our large investments will be mainly in power generation. We look forward to concluding a number of power projects this year such as bidding with our partners SN Power of Norway for NPC hydros in Luzon, constructing hydro plants in Mindanao to supply DLPC, and bidding for a 200-megawatt coal plant in Cebu 4 :: hedcorpulse March 2006 :: news
Transport As a whole, 2005 was again a difficult year for the sea transport group due mainly to rising fuel costs and lagging rate increases. Lower volumes and competition from buses, airlines and promotions also affected us. The domestic 2GO logistics group performed within budget. Our crewing and manning business did very well while ship management was worldclass. The integration of all the transport units in 2005 into ATS should have positive effects. Moving forward, the ship sales and other cost efficiency measures that were put in place in 2005 are expected to be fully felt this year. 2006 will be another challenging year but we are optimistic for a better year due to some stability in fuel prices, rate hikes, and the streamlining of our operations w i t h c o s t c u ts , maximization of ship schedules and the groups total integration. The 2GO group and our other logistics companies are also expected to do better; we expect the same with our crewing and ship management business. Land AboitizLand continued to shine in 2005 and we look forward to another good year in 2006. A new project in South Cebu and the Pristina North development will be our major focus in 2006. New and more exciting projects are continuously being developed in order to sustain AboitizLand's growth and profitability. Construction 2005 was another good year for the construction g r o u p. Metaphil had record sales, maintained
positive margins and continued to strengthen its brand name of quality not only domestically but internationally as well. In 2006, we expect the company to continue to increase its profitability. Gorones was also profitable in 2005 although we are still hampered by collection delays with the DPWH. Shipbuilding While 2005 was a challenging year for THI, the companys performance exceeded all our expectations. The expansion of its capability to build up to 100,000 DWT vessels was a major achievement. THIs second slipway was formally inaugurated in January 2005 by President Arroyo. We launched 13 ships in 2005, bringing to 58 the total number of ships launched at THI. 2006 promises to be a good year as we continue to expand the shipyard's building capabilities and will start the construction of our first pure car carrier, which is capable of carrying more than 5000 cars. This is considered a major breakthrough because to date, date, we have only built bulk carriers. We are also currently studying further expansions of the shipyard. FBMA also contributed to the group in 2005 and continued to work on the Lockheed Martin contract to build specialized supply vessels. In 2006, we intend to bid for a very large contract in Europe. We are optimistic. *** In closing, allow me to challenge all of you to make 2006 another banner year for the Aboitiz Group. Promote and protect our brands always in a positive manner. Trust and reputation are the core strengths of our businesses. Let us stay focused on what we do best; give our customers excellent service & products; train, re-train and motivate our teams to get better; innovate!; continue to be low-cost producers; aim for world-class in everything that you do; and be positive in our outlook. We are one group with one vision. We are driven to lead, to excel, and to serve. Passion for better ways. It is the Aboitiz way. Thank you. news :: hedcorpulse March 2006 :: 5

PROMOTE AND PROTECT OUR BRANDS ALWAYS IN A POSITIVE MANNER. TRUST AND REPUTATION ARE THE CORE STRENGTHS OF OUR BUSINESSES.
Team successful in local fabrication of Kaplan runner; continues to save millions for the company
he Hedcor, Inc. Fabrication team continues to save millions for the company said Fabrication Manager Mario Garcia during an interview showing their department's latest accomplishments. The team recently completed the local fabrication of a 200-kilowatt Kaplan Runner that will replace the old unit at Talomo Plant 2A this year. More than just savings, however, the fabrication of this particular runner was also driven by necessity. We couldn't have imported a Kaplan Runner even if we wanted to because the company that makes them, no longer exists, Engr. Garcia said. A Kaplan Runner is a reaction-type, propeller-like turbine that can efficiently operate under low-head, high-flow conditions. The Kaplan in Talomo has a capacity of 200 kilowatts, operating under a 10-meter head and 285-liter per second flow. The original unit, which was manufactured by the Bell Kriens Company of Switzerland, was installed at NPC's Digos mini hydropower plant in 1954, Engr. Garcia explained. It was then transferred to the Talomo Plant 2A in 1975. So you can can just imagine how worn out is, he added. The existing runner, which has operated for more than 40 years, has shown evidence of heavy erosion and cavitation. It will be replaced this year by the unit
The 200-kilowatt Kaplan Runner was shipped to Davao January this year. that was fabricated in Benguet for five months and only cost P318,000. Engr. Garcia admitted that their team had to do some research before fabrication of the Kaplan because their previous experiences were with Francis and Pelton runner types found in most of the plants in Benguet. However, the team still managed to complete the project on time and more than P100,000 below budget. Aside from the Kaplan Runner, the team is also busy with a 400-koliwatt Vertical Francis Runner for the plants other generating unit. The vertical runner would cost around P4.2 million if imported, but the team is confident that they will meet the P1.06 million budget allotted for its fabrication. Targeted completion date is on April of this year. Our local fabrication is aligned with the overall strategy of the company to strengthen our competitive position and be the best value-provider, said Engr. Garcia. The Fabrication Team Leader added that local fabrication of runners, instead of importing them, creates long-term value for the customers, with every peso saved eventually contributing to lower the cost of clean energy per kilowatt-hour. Finally, Engr. Garcia lauded the focus of his team, saying they have never wavered from their passion to continuously strive for quality and excellence. The fabrication team is a driven and talented group. Youll be amazed how much talent we have here in Beckel and in our country.

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Fabrication and Operations administer on-site repairs on Ampohaw units
t may be the first time it has ever been done in the Philippines, or in any hydropower plant for that mat ter. Hedcor, Inc.'s Operations and Fabrication Departments are currently administering on-site repairs on Ampohaw Units 1 and 2 following an investigation conducted by the Technical Services Division last October 2005. The results showed unit 1's efficiency rating decline from 88 percent in 1998 to 73 percent, and unit 2's rating from 85 percent to 72 percent. The team identified heavy erosion, scouring and damage on the turbine covers, both on the control ring side (CRS) and the draft tube side (DTS). Heavy siltation and upstream garbage were pointed out as the main reasons for the erosion of turbine covers. Some of the silt and garbage were even found by the investigating team when they opened the units for efficiency tests last October. The eroded turbine covers created gaps resulting in internal leaks and substantially affecting the required clearances inside the turbine casing in order for the runners to efficiently operate. Aside from the covers, the wicket gates have also been scoured and have been lined up for rehabilitation. "The turbine runners require more water now in order for them to run at peak load," said Hedcor, Inc. Fabrication Manager Mario Garcia. The challenge in the project is the on-site machining of the covers. The CRS cover is embedded in the foundation of each generating unit and is also inte-
grated in the turbine scroll, explains Engr. Garcia. Removing them would mean excavating its foundation and hauling approximately three tons per cover back to the fabrication shop for refurbishment. "There would be more work and it would be more expensive if we bring the covers at the shop," Engr. Garcia explained. "What we did was to hire a contractor and have the machining of the units done at the Ampohaw plant. The company commissioned Datuin Machineworks for machining the eroded parts of the CRS covers. After machining, the Fabrication team, designed 10-millimeter, detachable wearing plates that will fit over the CRS to restore the required clearances inside the turbine scroll for the units to work efficiently. "We expect each wearing plate to last for two years. Then we'll just replace them as required, that way the maintenance will be easier and faster," said Engr. Garcia. The team expects to have Ampohaw's unit 1 and 2 synchronized and operating efficiently by the end of the first quarter this year.

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No mountain high enough, no river wide enough for
Chris Faelnar - 2005 DRAAE Awardee
Legend has it that this guy always kept handy his asthma inhaler whenever he would go on fieldwork. His team members would often joke about that asthma inhaler being his secret weapon during hikes - it resembled a.45 caliber pistol, they said. Hence, the moniker 4-5 was born. But make no mistake, the name has never once stood to symbolize a gun or violence, rather, it was given to a man with a jolly disposition, a friendly and approachable character, and a passionate work ethic worthy of emulation. The man is Chris Fernando B. Faelnar, Hedcor, Inc. Vice President and recipient of the 2005 Don Ramon Aboitiz Award of Excellence. When I saw his name from the pool of nominees, I got excited. You know, Chris is one, if not, the fastest decision we had ever made for a Don Ramon Aboitiz Awardee, said Aboitiz President and Chief Executive Officer Jon Ramon Aboitiz. Hedcor, Inc. team members believe that Chris leadership and his significant contributions to the company resulted to higher productivity, greater rewards, plant expansions, and a more promising future for the countrys largest developer of
SODA BREAK. Sir 4-5 sharing a laugh with teammates. mini hydropower. He led the team towards ISO certification, developing various quality improvement projects, and standardizing various systems and processes that increased production. To be nominated was already a great honor. To get the award is unreal. When JRA handed me that award, I had to make a reality check until it sunk in then it became very fulfilling, said a thankful Chris. He was a top Aboitiz scholar in college and graduated from the Cebu Institute of Technology in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Shortly after, he joined the Aboitiz Group as a purchaser-canvasser for Gorones on October 1982. Then he transferred to Metaphil as a quality control engineer in the company's QC Department. There he met Rene Ronquillo, who happened to be the department head then. When RBR was picked to lead a team to rehabilitate the Asin Mini Hydropower Plants in 1985, he invited Chris to join him in Baguio. Chris accepted
CONGRATULATIONS. An emotional Chris Faelnar accepted his award from AEV Chairman and CEO Jon Ramon Aboitiz.

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(From left) Chris Faelnar shares a moment with Hedcor, Inc. Chairman & CEO Erramon Aboitiz, then with President & COO Rene Ronquillo, right after he addressed the team and thanked everyone. the invitation and that started his illustrious career in Hedcor, Inc. I agreed to join RBR then because as an electrical engineer, I thought I would gain very good experience in the field that I studied in college, Chris said. Chris started as operations maintenance and electrical superintendent in Hedcor, Inc. With his competence, professionalism, and leadership, coupled with the passion to be the best that he can be, Chris rose from the ranks and is now Vice President. I started with Aboitiz as part of the condition in my scholarship grant. But as years passed, I have enjoyed the working environment and the company of my teammates. That's the reason why I have been here for the past 20 years, he said. Chris is so happy to be with the company that he even enjoys the physically challenging hikes to the plants. He shared three highlights in his career that he will never forget. First, was when he was chased by a bull on top of a mountain when they walked the transmission line route of the Bakun plants. Second, when they hiked for 12 hours from Bakun to Lepanto Mines, surveying the route where a proposed transmission line would pass. Third, after a storm ravaged the 70-megawatt Bakun AC plant and he had to slide over a raging river on a rope using a pulley and a harness. His picture taken that day depicted the kind of dedication, passion and courage that made him deserving of the Don Ramon Aboitiz Award. Looking forward, Chris is again excited of the new developments unfolding in Hedcor, Inc and hopes to contribute more to the group. He is also hopeful that in five years, the Cleanergy brand will be the energy of choice of environmentally conscious customers. As the power group grows, hopefully Id be able to grow with it as well, he said. The Don Ramon Aboitiz Award of Excellence is the highest and most prestigious award given to any deserving team member or team leader of the Aboitiz Group. The award is named after the company's patriarch whose legacy of hard work, integrity and civic work has inspired a new generation of achievers. Hedcor, Inc. is fortunate to have two other Don Ramon Aboitiz awardees - President and COO Rene B. Ronquillo and Executive Vice President and CFO Jovy P. Batiquin.

THE THREE TENORS? Nope. They are Hedcor, Inc.s three DRAAE Awardees, from left, Executive Vice President & CFO Jovy Batiquin, President & COO Rene Ronquillo, and Vice President for O&M Chris Faelnar, jamming with the band.
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BRIDGING THE TECHNOLOGY GAP. AGFI Representative Romeo Catingub (left), and Hedcor, Inc. Grid Manager Jose Glenn Falcasantos recently turned over five complete computer units to Bakun National High School for their computer education program. BNHS Head Teacher Ms. Jane Angluben and BNHS Computer Teacher Frederico Singasing happily accepted the donation on behalf of the school.
Bakun NHS receives computers from AGFI and Hedcor, Inc.
omputers are considered es sential tools in today's learn ing. A high school student, for instance, is expected to have some knowledge on basic computer applications before he steps into the hectic world of term papers, spreadsheet computations, and online researches of college life. Such was the concern of Bakun National High School (BNHS) Head Teacher, Jane Angluben, when Aboitiz Group Foundation, Inc. (AGFI) and Hedcor, Inc. visited them early this year. "Before, graduates from our school find it difficult to adjust to college life mainly because they don't know how to operate the basic programs of a computer," Angluben said. "Our students are at a disadvantage compared to students in the 10 :: hedcorpulse March 2006 :: commitment
city who have formal training and easy access to computers," the teacher added. Bakun, the northern most municipality in the province of Benguet, is about 82 kilometers from Baguio City. Electricity in this mountainous community has long been provided by Hedcor, Inc. when the company constructed three mini hydropower plants in the area during the 1990s. Its access to technology has been limited mainly because of the road conditions leading to the municipality. Despite the distance, Hedcor, Inc. and AGFI are committed to help this host community's computer education program and thus help bridge the technology gap between the youth of Bakun and their counterparts in the city. The company and foundation
turned over five complete sets of computers on January 18, 2006, bringing the school's total number up to 13 units that will be shared by 46 4th year students. "We know the importance of computers to these students. Hopefully, by adding five more, we can help the school provide computer education to all of its year levels," said Hedcor, Inc. Grid Manager Jose Glenn Falcasantos. To reinforce this commitment, Hedcor, Inc. and AGFI, also donated P50,000 last year as subsidy for the salary of a permanent computer school teacher. "In behalf of everyone in the school and in the community, I would like to thank Hedcor, Inc. and AGFI for all their help. Now, our children

Hedcor, Inc. reports 2005 CSR accomplishments
his year, Hedcor, Inc., was able to submit their Corporate Social Responsibility Accom plishment report for the year 2005 to Aboitiz Group Foundation, Inc.'s (AGFI) just in time for their first Board of Trustees Meeting last March 6, 2006. The accomplishment report detailed all of Hedcor, Inc.'s CSR activities last year together with the foundation which concentrated on education and skills development, health care, environmental preservation, and livelihood development; all key to AGFI. These CSR projects were implemented in the company's host municipalities, namely Bakun, La Trinidad and Tuba were worth slightly over P1,400,000. "We have aligned our projects with AGFI because we fell these are the areas where we can truly create value for our host communities," said Hedcor, Inc. Liaison Officer and AGFI Representative Romeo Catingub. The report showed educational skills development projects taking the lion's share with 50 percent or P710,000 of the 2005's CSR budget. This included a college scholarship program that supported seven community indigents, financial assistance for 30 high school students from four host municipalities, donation of computer units for La Trinidad's E-Library, Tuba National High School and Bakun National High School, the turn over of a computer lab for Tuba National High School, TESDAcertified welding class for Baranggay Bineng's out of school youth and lastly a allowances for computer teachers in Bakun and Tuba.
"Education, especially computer education, is a major concern in our country and it is dire need of assistance," said AGFI Managing Trustee Sonny Carpio. "Our policy has always been to provide the necessary equipment to help them gain knowledge in computers, but the school must promise to maximize the use of these units," he added. Other Hedcor, Inc. CSR projects in 2005 were the construction of a community Tilapia Pond for the people of Poblacion, Bakun, a Waste Management Seminar for the residents of Nangalisan, Tuba, and Medical Mission conducted together with the Rotary Club of La Trinidad. "The need to assist government in its efforts to alleviate its people from poverty has become evident," said Mr. Carpio. "It is now the responsibility of the private and business sectors to do their share in helping the less fortunate, and we're starting with our host communities," he added. One important project which was finalized late in the year was the approval for the construction of a police outpost in the Beckel area, host to our Head Office. "This infrastructure project is extremely important to Hedcor as it will provide security to the area of our Head Office. It was most unfortunate that we had been the victims of theft in the past. This will hopefully change after the construction of this police outpost," stressed Hedcor's VP for Admin Mr. Miguel Romero-Salas. AGFI, together with other Aboitiz subsidiaries, spent a total of P33.7 million in 2005 for various CSR projects all over the Philippines.

can be taught the basics of computers before they go to college." Angluben said. AGFI is the social development arm of the Aboitiz group of companies. The foundation intends to address the needs of host communities in areas concerning education, enterprise development, primary health care, and environmental conservation and protection. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. Hedcor, Inc. and AGFI also extended financial assistance to six deserving students of BNHS. These students maintained the highest grade of their respective year levels the previous school year. With them in the photo are Hedcor, Inc.s Glenn Falcasantos and BNHS Head Teacher Jane Angluben. commitment :: hedcorpulse March 2006 :: 11
Hedcor, Inc. ISO Core Committee: The dedicated team behind the certificates
Upon entering the reception area of Hedcor, Inc.'s office in Benguet, you will immediately notice three sets of blue framed certificates hanging by the wall adjacent to the conference room. All these certificates bear the letters I-S-O. Letters so familiar, yet most of must us fail to comprehend their significance. "The ISO certificates are very important to our company," said Hedcor, Inc. ISO Coordinator and Lead Auditor Liza Bejar. "It signifies our commitment to continually improve our products and services, and our commitment to the environment," she added. More than these reasons, however, Liza admits that she has some emotional attachment to these certificates. For others, the certificates may just be pieces of fancy board paper, but for her, they are proof of their team's hard work. Their team is called the ISO core committee, a cross-sectional team composed of herself, Quality Management Representative Miguel Romero-Salas, Environmental Management Representative Jose Tabanda, and Auditors Darlene Arguelles, Carol Tuvera, Jeanne Amango, Roger Caluza, Bert Camacho, Romeo Catingub, and Benjie Bartolome. The ISO core team was formed in 1998 to document and oversee the implementation of the company's Quality Management System (QMS) and Environmental Management System (EMS). However, their responsibility was not immediately understood by all team members when they began. "Before, team members felt they were being policed and that audits were nothing more than just fault-finding sessions," Liza said. "However, when QMS and EMS were later explained clearly, they've understood and have embraced these concepts because they know that these are tools that would aide them in improving their work," she added. She also explained that the QMS and EMS were adopted by the company not just for ISO certification. They were integrated in all operational activities as a means to improve the over-all performance of each department. Later on, the company saw the other important benefit of being an ISO-certified company. With the deregulation of the power industry, and resultant competition among energy generators, the prestige of being ISO-certified can help the company be the supplier of choice among customers and distribution utilities. "Our company is not satisfied on how things are done, we continue to find ways on how to raise the level of quality of our products and services," she said. "With the certificates, customers see us as a company that puts a premium on quality and environmental preservation. They look at us with high regard and would like to do business with us." However, securing and keeping an ISO certification is not that simple, it takes a lot of dedication and hard work. The team conducts two internal audits every year. Before that, they make sure that each auditor is knowledgeable of every procedural document and process of each department in the company. After which, they gauge these procedures and processes against a set of standards to check if the departments have met the necessary quality and environmental requirements. Then they conduct periodic plant visits to validate their audit findings and follow-up on action plans to correct 'non-conformities'. Aside from this, they also assist in the external audit done every three years by the Certification In-

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ternational Philippines, Inc., the company's certifying body. The ISO team's preparation before audits is both mentally and physically challenging. They have to do a lot of reading and analysis before, during, and after the audits, and that is coupled with physically challenging hikes to the plants, sometimes even under the rain. But for them, these challenges are all part of the excitement of their job. "To tell you the truth, I look forward to the hikes. Of course they're very tiring, but I like the part where I can be around nature and at the same time share stories with my teammates. It's fun," Liza said. "It's also another way to get some fresh air and break the monotony of office work and being in front of the computer all the time." But the best part of all their 'adventures', Liza stressed, is the fulfillment of helping other teammates improve in their job that ultimately improves the overall quality of Hedcor, Inc.'s production and delivery of clean energy to its customers. As of press time, the ISO core committee is busy preparing for the certification of Hedcor, Inc.'s five Talomo Plants in Davao. Again, they are confident that these plants will be included in the integrated ISO-certificate (CI/6843IQ) which the company was awarded with last December 2005.
THE ISO CORE TEAM IN ACTION!
ertification International Philippines, Inc. (CIP) has been Hedcor, Inc.'s official certifying body since 1998. It was incorporated under Philippine law in 1995 and is a subsidiary of the British company Certification International U.K. Ltd. CI UK is accredited by the British accreditation authority United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for its certification in quality, environmental and information security management systems. Apart from servicing its mother country, the U.K and the Philippines, CI services are also available in many other countries namely Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Italy, Turkey and Argentina. CIP provides certification services to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, either singly or in an integrated manner which involves two or three of these standards. In 1997, CIP became the first certification body in the Philippines to be accredited for its ISO 9000 certification services by the DTI-Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) Accreditation scheme. Since the start of its Philippine operations, CIP has certified over 400 Philippine and multinational companies many of which are leaders in their respective industries or service sectors, including agencies in government. Some of its notable customers include: PILIPINAS SHELL PETROLEUM CORPORATION, NATIONAL TRANSMISSION CORPORATION,, SAN MIGUEL FOODS, INC., UNIVERSAL ROBINA CORPORATION, UNILEVER FOODS PHILIPPINES, PHILIPPINE OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT ADMINISTRATION, HOLCIM PHILIPPINES, INC. LAND TRANSPORTATION OFFICE, ABS-CBN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, and AYALA PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CORPORATION. As part of its commitment to the growth and success of its customers, CIP began to support the national effort of further raising quality and productivity by exposing these companies to the PQA scheme and its criteria in the course of the regular audits. CI's Managing Director, Mr. Renato Navarrete is also a member of the BPS -Technical Committee on Quality Management & Assurance (BPS/TC 52). The Technical Committee recommends to the BPS, adoption of international standards for use in certification within the Philippines. CIP auditors are chosen and designated to their respective audits on the basis of verified competence, independence and credibility. They are registered under BPS' National Auditors Registration Scheme and/or UK's Institute of Registered Certificated Auditors (IRCA).

CIP? Whats CIP?

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Hedcor, Inc. Christmas 2005. Hedcor, Hedcor
es. We all know that its March and everybody can feel the summer heat right around the corner (summer is fun and all, as long as it continues to rain once in a while; everybody cross your fingers). But what better way to cool down than to relive those happy moments we had last December 15, 2005 at the Baguio Country Club. Once again, the whole Hedcor, Inc. family was in full force singing and dancing and celebrating the season of giving and merriment. We had fun and games,
great food, a singing competition, lots of dancing, and of course, team leaders singing their lungs out all for the sake of having a very wet 2006!!! As if that wasnt enough, the company even hosted a kiddie Christmas Party at Camp John Hay that weekend, with no less than that smiling bug, Jollibee, as the special guest. We even dressed up our kids as superheroes or those heart-warming childrens books characters. They were really cute. Well, in case you forgot, here, take a look.
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, Inc. 2005 Christmas 2005. Hedcor,
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THE ABOITIZ BRAND CASCADE
What is a brand and how imporatant is branding in todays world? These were some of the questions that answered by AEV Chairman and CEO Jon Ramon Aboitiz during the brand cascade session held last December 15, 2005 at the Baguio Country Club. The objective of the brand cascade is to formally launch the new Aboitiz brand and create a common sense of purpose internally and across all Aboitiz companies. In his brand launch speech, JRA discussed the new Aboitiz brand essence, Passion for better ways, and how adopting it in the workplace makes a difference in productivity and efficiency. The new brand identity was also introduced and each of its elements were clearly explained. He stressed that the consistent use of our corporate identity coupled with consistent delivery of quality products and services to our customers are key elements in building our brand. Then he challenged everyone to take hold of branding as their own responsiblity. That it is not an added job, rather, it is their job to be brand managers and deliver the brand promise of Aboitiz and Hedcor, Inc.
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