Meralco Power Academy continues to build thought leadership in the Power and Energy ecosystem not only locally but in ASEAN countries and now for the African continent. A team of Networks and MPA experts led by Engineers Marvin Gonsalves, Eugene Araullo, Azero Pascual and Melchor Luber are conducting a 10-day course on Utility Metering System for National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) instructors. The group also conducted a 1 day Metering Best Practices session in Ibadan Electric, where Meralco is a technical partner of the Nigerian Utility.
In 2013, President Obama declared the Power Africa initiative – America’s commitment to work on doubling access to electric power in the Sub Saharan African area. Working thru the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and US Energy Association(USEA), MPA’s engagement will help NAPTIN fulfill its 5 –year development plan to catch up on the regions’ urgent need for at least 16,200 skilled workers. This is expected to assist Nigerian utilities in improving revenue generation by installing meters and bridging the gap of 2.9 million unmetered customers. In a send-off lunch with Meralco CEO and President Oscar Reyes, he affirmed that “this engagement by a highly regarded agency such as USEA certainly speaks well of the growing reputation of MPA in power and energy education.”
Previously in 2013 and 2014, MPA has partnered with USEA to conduct benchmarking visits for managers from various utilities and government agencies from Pakistan, Tanzania and Zanzibar