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Davao City, Philippines, 16 August 2006: Some best practices of the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) in implementing Enterprise Geographic Information System (E-GIS) recently earned the corporation an international special achievement award. The National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) is a government – owned and controlled corporation that has assumed the electrical transmission functions of the National Power Corporation (NPC) in the major Philippine grids.

TransCo corporate communications officer for Southeastern Mindanao Area Milfrance Capulong disclosed that the corporation was conferred a Special Achievement in Geographic Information System Award at the 26th Annual ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California on August 9.

Capulong said the ESRI, world leader in GIS technology and mapping software, conferred the award to TransCo in recognition of its best practices in implementing the E-GIS – the Spatial Data Infrastructure Project (SDIP).

She said the best practices included the formation of a project screening committee composed of senior executives and a technical working group composed of junior executives; hiring of TransCo domain consultants and a GIS advisor; involvement of the contractor’s consultants in the project team; assigning the ‘right staff to the right job’ resulting in the formation of a technically-competent TransCo working team.

The other notable practices of the corporation are pilot testing using a manageable geographic, application of risk management and use of S-curve to monitor work progress. Also applied are project monitoring and review, capability building through trainings and acquisition of books and references, and project implementation based on international standards of Quality Management System.

TransCo is one of the largest and most profitable government controlled and owned corporation in the country with US$2.5 billion in physical assets. By end of 2005, TransCo’s transmission lines spanned a total of 20,236 circuit-kilometers while substation capacity measured 24,607 million volt-amperes.

Capulong also said that TransCo President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Allan Ortiz underscored the importance of GIS saying that if they are going to be a truly world-class transmission company, owned, managed and operated by government with a private concessionaire to take over soon, the GIS system must be in place.

The E-GIS feasibility study project was initiated in 2004 and after its completion the SDIP pilot project was launched January last year. The project was awarded to the Joint Venture of FF Cruz & Company Inc. and Geodata Systems Technologies, Inc. (GSTI) on May 16, 2005.