PFBSI Site and Construction Manager Ryan Panela awarded a plaque of recognition to SUMEC, represented by Project Director Lennon Zhong, for achieving 1.5 Million safe man-hours at the power plant site in Bulacan.


PowerSource First Bulacan Solar, Inc. (PFBSI) achieved 1.5 million safe man-hours without lost time incident last February, a milestone that shows the company’s commitment to safety and security in all its activities at its power plant site in San Miguel, Bulacan.

Construction activities for the company’s 50MWac solar farm, which started in December 2018, reached a peak of 1,500 workers on-site and are now on the final stretch.

PFBSI on February 26 gave a plaque of recognition to SUMEC Complete Equipment & Engineering Co. Ltd. – the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor – to share the milestone that signifies the two companies’ commitment in ensuring best safety practices at the power plant site.

Ryan Panela, PFBSI Site and Construction Manager, recognized SUMEC for the “outstanding job it has done to achieve the 1.5 productive man-hours without lost time incident.”

“Thanks to the workers, engineers, supervisors and SUMEC management for the attention they have put into keeping safety a top priority at all times,” he said during the turnover of the plaque.

SUMEC Project Director Lennon Zhong for his part said obtaining the excellent safety achievement “is a milestone of enormous value” considering the challenges during the construction phase that included the COVID-19 pandemic and string of weather disturbances that limited movements at the site.

He recognized the “difficulties to manage on a daily basis, as the extreme conditions of temperature and weather, the extraordinary multicultural mix of workers with the consequent communication and coordination problems.”

“From here we want to congratulate all our colleagues assigned to the project for their contribution to the company objective of ‘zero incidents’ and encourage them to continue in this line until the completion of the project,” added Mr. Zhong.

As part of its efforts to ensure a safety culture, PFBSI and SUMEC conduct

daily toolbox meeting, daily walkthrough inspections and improvements, weekly healthy, safety and environment meetings, and monthly safety audits to ensure safe practices are aligned to the project’s safety plan and occupational safety and health standards.

Safety inspection reports are regularly prepared and submitted to PFBSI by the contractors to monitor safe execution of all activities at the plant site.

PFBSI is a joint venture between MGen Renewable Energy, Inc. (MGreen) with 60% interest; and PowerSource Global Holdings Corporation, with 40%.

The solar project is MGreen’s first solar investment and will form part of the 1,000MW renewable energy portfolio target of its parent company, Meralco PowerGen Corporation.