Linemen from different VECO contractors compete against each other during the lineman
It was the first time for lineman Roy Palaubsanon to participate in the lineman's rodeo. That was during the Visayan Electric Company's (VECO's) Contractors’ Day last Jan. 30. No, the lineman’s rodeo does not include bulls. Instead, it involves linemen hurriedly climbing electric posts with gears and all to put up an electric line.For Roy, it was a showcase of their skills and efficiency in providing technical services as a lineman."Ga-enjoy ko but giisip nako nga trabaho to. Gisiguro nako nga safety and sakto ang pagtaod sa materyales (I enjoyed but I did it as if I'm working. I minded safety and ensured that the materials were properly installed)," he said in an interview.True enough, Roy, along with his teammates Alberto Linguis and Miguelito Ubod from contractor Rosch, won the lineman's rodeo."Ang among trabaho isip lineman, risgo kay kuryente among kalaban. Ug masipyat ka ug dili mag-amping, mamiligro imong kinabuhi. Mao gitarong gyud to namo (Our work as lineman is very risky since we are dealing with electricity. If you miss out on a detail and you're not careful, it might cost you your life. That's why we do things properly)," he explained.Roy said their win is only proof of the quality of work they do for VECO."Nagpasalamat mi nga gigahinan mi nila ug usa ka adlaw para mag-bonding ug makaila-ila usab ang among uban kauban. Unta naa pa sunod tuig. (We thank VECO for giving us a whole day event where we could bond and know our other colleagues. We hope they will do this again next year)," he added.The lineman's rodeo was the highlight of the day-long Contractor's Day held at VECO's Development Academy in barangay Sirao, an upland village in Cebu City.Around 500 linemen, foremen, and personnel from different contractors providing technical, customer service and administrative work for VECO were given tribute during the event.VECO Vice President for Engineering Valentin Saludes III said the contractor's day was an event they have organized in order to give recognition to them and the services they render to the company. This is the first time they have done it."We consider them as our partners. VECO will not be what it is now without them," he said.The company has an existing number of 19 contractors. For engineering works, they have Rosch, Jodan, Cereli, DBB, GSET, Vortex, XFI, Mims, Mirait, KL, and Cebu Power.Meanwhile, Perfect Clean, Textstar, AGO, Sentinel, and Able take VECO’s administrative work, which include janitorial and security.Centro City, Countrywide, and Mcisco handle their customer services.The day consisted of different games for the guests. A short parade and question and answer portion for the muses opened the morning’s sports competitions consisting of table tennis, chess, and basketball.In the afternoon, they had the lineman's rodeo, meter reading contest, meter installation, and emergency crew rodeo.Prizes and tokens were given to all the winners.A ‘Contractor's Got Talent’ show capped the event in the evening. Here, representatives from each contractor presented song and dance numbers.The team from Rosch emerged as the winner of the night's event with their dance presentation.Other awards were also given. Cebu Power Testcomm Services Inc. was awarded Most Compliant of Statutory Requirements; Vortex was conferred the Highest Behavioral Evaluation Score and Best Line Construction Service Provider of 2015; Cereli was recognized for Lowest Technical and Non-technical Infraction Count and for the Revenue Management Operation's Choice Award; Rosch as Best Streetlight Maintenance Service Provider of 2015 and Best EMC Installation Service Provider of 2015; DBB as Best Emergency Service Provider of 2015; Jodan as Best Trimming Service Provider of 2015; and DBB with the Engineering Operations Award.Each contractor received a specially crafted meter trophy and token from VECO.According to Saludes, the contractors have done great contributions to the company by not only augmenting additional manpower to answer the needs of VECO's service area but also to improve the quality of their services.VECO’s contractors currently employ around 700 personnel.