Lawyer Melvin Matibag is new TransCo chief

By on February 2, 2017

Lawyer Melvin Matibag is new TransCo chief (Photo By Judgefloro (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.)
Lawyer Melvin Matibag is new TransCo chief (Photo by Judgefloro (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.)
MANILA—Lawyer Melvin Matibag has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the National Transmission Corp. (TransCo).

”I want to make TransCo relevant to the daily lives of the Filipinos and to be more significant in the energy industry,” he said during a press briefing held at the Department of Energy Media Center Tuesday afternoon.

Matibag said he fully supports Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi’s philosophy of adopting the point of view of the consumer.

“Let’s help ease the burden of consumers by lowering the electric rate,” he said.

He also pledged to give priority to the review of the concession agreement and the franchise of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) to see if compliance has been done religiously and to ensure the development of transmission grids in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s national development agenda.

Matibag is no stranger to government service having been general manager of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 from Oct. 2009 to March 2010. He served as officer-in-charge at the Office of the Assistant General Manager for Operations of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) from Aug. to Oct. 2009 and as head executive assistant to the general manager of MIAA in December 2008.

During his stint at the MIAA, Matibag implemented a number of improvements and upgrades, among them the repair of Taxiway Charlie 6 and Hotel 2, the rehabilitation of various airfield visual NavAids and lighting system of the NAIA, and the ISO certification of NAIA Terminals 2 and 3.

He was also instrumental in thwarting an attempt to smuggle 70 overseas Filipino workers at the NAIA Terminal 1 on April 4, 2010 and in the apprehension of a Malaysian carrying 14 kg. of shabu valued at PHP64 million at the NAIA Terminal 1 on April 15, 2010.

TransCo, a government agency created under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001, operates and manages the power transmission system that links power plants to electric distribution utilities nationwide.