THE MANILA Electric Co. (Meralco) has donated electrical system equipment for the electrical engineering students at the Mindanao State University (MSU) Main Campus in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.
“Meralco is one with MSU in enhancing its educational offerings as it moves forward from recent challenges faced by the university. This donation signals the start of a fruitful and productive partnership between Meralco and MSU,” Meralco Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ronnie L. Aperocho said in a statement on Tuesday.
Meralco, through its corporate social responsibility arm One Meralco Foundation (OMF), has turned over equipment for the simulation of a mini substation which the students can use for their laboratory training.
“It is Meralco’s hope that this equipment will be used for real-life applications of classroom learnings and contribute to further upskilling of MSU electrical engineering students,” Meralco Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer and OMF President Jeffery O. Tarayao said.
The donation includes a protection and control panel, a vacuum circuit breaker, a control switch, miniature circuit breakers, multimeters, battery chargers, voltmeters, and test leads.
“We look forward to more innovative collaborations to further enhance the learning experience of the next generation of electrical engineers,” said Mr. Tarayao.
MSU President Basari D. Mapupuno said that the company’s donation has “contributed to the university’s healing” from the blast last month.
On Dec. 3, a bombing incident occurred at MSU’s gymnasium during a Catholic mass service, killing four people and hurting some 50 others.
“Rest assured that this gift will be used wisely and responsibly to enhance our educational opportunities and advancements. This gift will equip our electrical engineering students with the tools not just to become engineers but agents of change,” he said.
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