The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) recently awarded two major grants in the Philippines, one to Aboitiz Power Corp. (AboitizPower) and the other to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), to demonstrate its longstanding commitment to helping build sustainable infrastructure in the Philippines.
USTDA’s grant to AboitizPower supports efforts to modernize the Philippines’ energy sector. United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg witnessed the signing ceremony, and visiting USTDA Director Leocadia Zak awarded the grant. USTDA has supported key transportation, energy and telecommunications projects that have led to over $1 billion in US exports.
Specifically, the AboitizPower grant will help the company develop a smart grid roadmap and implementation plan for the Visayas region. This technical assistance, which will be undertaken by ESTA International, LLC, based in Herndon, Virginia, will help AboitizPower minimize distribution losses and improve access to reliable power.
USTDA Director Zak noted, “Implementation of the recommendations developed through this project will result in improved access to reliable power and minimize power loss in the distribution network.”
She continued, “We are pleased to work with AboitizPower, who manages distribution utilities throughout the Philippines, ensuring that the benefits of the assistance will be widespread.”
During a signing ceremony at AboitizPower’s headquarters, president and chief operating officer, Antonio Moraza, emphasized, “Through the smart grid system, we will be able to optimize assets and operating efficiency; provide quality power to customers; enable more active customer participation; and isolate problems before they escalate into wider power interruptions especially during calamities.”
Meanwhile, USTDA awarded DOTC its grant on September 15, with the goal to conduct assessments of security vulnerabilities at three major airports in the Philippines. This technical assistance will help Philippine airport operators maintain safe environments and foster commercial activity, tourism, regional economic integration and foreign investment.
During the ceremony, DOTC’s Undersecretary for Planning and Project Development, Rene Limcaoco, highlighted the project’s timeliness—as the country is modernizing its airports and upgrading its aviation safety and security procedures in order to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in 2015.
The opportunity to conduct the USTDA-funded technical assistance will be competed through Federal Business Opportunities (FBO). A link to the FBO announcement will be posted to USTDA’s website at www.ustda.gov. Interested US firms should submit proposals according to the instructions in the FBO announcement.