NORMECA, a composite team of linemen from Region 10 electric cooperatives won the overall champion trophy of the 2023 Mindanao Warriors of Light Summit and Linemen Rodeo held from June 12 to 13, 2023 at the Gov. Douglas Ralota Sports Complex and Business Center, Brgy Mati, Digos City, Davao del Sur.

The two-day event has brought together all Electric Cooperatives from across Mindanao, providing a platform to showcase the skills and talents of these brave linemen in team and individual competitions. Different teams representing Regional associations of ECs participate in the “Warriors of Light” regional summit, which tested their technical skills like pole climbing, pole dressing and undressing, spine board bandaging, and conductor riding and other events.

The winners will compete in the National Linemen Rodeo scheduled on June 29-30 in MORESCO-1’s Emmanuel Pelaez Training Complex, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental.

Hosted by DASURECO, the Mindanao island summit was designed to exhibit the technical skills of line workers, as well as promote safe work practices. The activity also aimed to serve as a platform to recognize their sacrifices and efforts to go above and beyond the call of duty.

The series of events all over the three island groups were organized by the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. (PHILRECA) together with the Philippine Association of Technical Managers of Electric Cooperatives (PHILATMEC), Philippine Electric Cooperatives Association of Safety and Environmental Officers (PECASEO) and United Linemen Association of the Philippines (ULAP). (Archibald G. Pacana, CPRO, Institutional Services) [Stills and Videos, John Rafael de Vera]