Organized every two months, PNBC’s networking luncheon events are designed as a venue for its members to gather and meet, network and give presentations. In the last luncheon event held on March 6, 2013 at the I’m Angus Steak House in Yakal St., Makati City, it was the turn of SN Power to take center stage.
SN Power’s Country Manager in the Philippines, Bjorn Holsen commenced by explaining that economic growth is directly proportional to power consumption. And a good number of developing economies in Asia, the Philippines among others, exhibit great hydropower potential that SN Power can help develop, and thereby likewise contribute in the economic development of these countries. Mr. Holsen then presented SN Power’s presence in the country, and its experience in finding a good local partner and forming a formidable joint venture (SN Aboitiz Power) that participated in the government’s power assets privatization program. Today, SN Aboitiz Power owns and operates three major hydropower plants in North Luzon, with total installed capacity of about 600 Megawatts. Success and challenges as regards operating these power facilities were also discussed.
After SN Power’s presentation, PNBC’s VP for External Affairs Rodolfo Azanza Jr. presented an advocacy pertaining to human-trafficking. The PNBC Board has developed an anti-human trafficking pledge that it has signed, and the council members were encouraged to take up the issue and likewise sign the pledge. It was highlighted that human trafficking has become a global issue with about 27 million cases all over the world. And while governments have signed the Palermo Protocols, and are exerting a lot of efforts to curb this issue, there is a need for the private sector, to lend a helping hand.
52 members and guests attended the networking luncheon, and this will be written in the annals of PNBC history as yet another successful event.