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Saint Louis University

School of Engineering and Architecture

Chemical Engineering Department


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MAY 2020
Company Reports

A. Company Name:

Manila Water

B. Company Profile:

Manila Water Company, Inc. is the exclusive provider of water and used water

services to over six million people of the East Zone of Metro Manila and the Rizal

Province. It is a publicly-listed company and a subsidiary of the Ayala Corporation. The

company holds exclusive right to provide water and used water services to the eastern

side of Metro Manila under a Concession Agreement between the Company and

Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System in August 1997 for a period of 25 years

to expire in 2022. The company provides watr treatment, water distribution, sewerage

and sanitation services to the people of the East Zone of Metro Manila.

C. Nature of Company:

Water treatment, water distribution, sewerage and sanitation services

D. Company Observation:

The company has new and old facilities dating back to 1937 but the old equipment

was replaced by modern tools for better monitoring but some were kept for display. The

company boast The Asset Platinum Award for Excellence in Environmental, Social and

Governance Practices of 2018 and they Rank 2nd in the top 50 ASEAN Publicly Listed

Companies in Governance which means the working environment there is top notch and

from what we observed the employees that we met were quite enthusiastic with their jobs.

The company starts in coagulation and flocculation with alum of the water that they

mainly source from the Angat Dam located in Norzagaray, Bulacan. The colloids will

clump together to form flocs that will pass through large pools called settling basins for

sedimentation process which will let the heavy flocs to settle at the bottom. The clarified
water will then pass through several filter beds to remove microscopic impurities and after

that they will we chlorinated to kill off bacteria before distributing the water to the masses.

The company has sewerage services which they will connect your home to or they

collect your septage from your home’s septic tanks. The water that they will collect here

will undergo screening to remove large solids then it will undergo primary sedimentation

where they let large sediments settle before undergoing aeration where blowers supply

oxygen to sustain the bacteria responsible for decomposition of pollutants. The aerated

water will undergo secondary sedimentation to separate the biological flocs then they will

disinfect it with sodium hypochlorite to remove harmful organisms before they dispose it

to our bodies of water.

E. Reflections

Coagulation with alum. Their process for their clean water starts with coagulation

with alum which will neutralize the colloids that are under van der walls forces so that they

will clump together for form flocs which then will become heavier and settle to the bottom

of the tank. This we learned in Environmental Engineering.

A. Company Name:

Tanduay Distillers, Inc (Cabuyao Plant)

B. Company Profile:

Tanduay Distillers Inc. is one of the oldest and biggest brands in the distilled spirits

category in the Philippines with a 99% share in the rum category. It has 5 production

facilities with the HQ in Manila, Barcolod Plant, Cabuyao plant and the El Salvador Plant.

On 2012 they started selling in the United States.

C. Nature of company:

Distilled Spirits Manufacturer

D. Company Observation:

The Cabuyao plant of the company. The processes introduce were the ageing

process where they store the distilled alcohol in ageing barrels in a controlled warehouse

to get that distinct Tanduay rum kick in their products. The aged alcohol will undergo

batch mixing in large agitated tanks to the company’s rum recipes. The last process will

be bottling. The bottling process is as follows: loading and bottle feeding, manual bottle

inspection, rinsing, filling operation, capping operation, labelling operation, coding, case

packing with carton and case weighing, stacking with DQA full pack inspection and

product tagging, and storing.

E. Reflections:

In our classes, we were taught the mechanism of fermentation and we even made

alcohol from different raw materials that contain sugar. The active ingredient used in

making alcohol is yeast or Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The yeast consumes the sugar

and alcohol and carbon dioxide is produced as a byproduct then the yeast dies when the

alcohol content reaches 17%. The percent alcohol can be further increased with a

distillation process.
A. Company Name:

Metro Clark waste management corporation

B. Company Profile:

Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation was established in 2002 as part of

Clark Development Corporation, situated in Capas, Tarlac. The corporation offers

services to 90 municipalities in Central Luzon, collecting 2,100 tons of solid waste a day.

It has a land area of a hundred hectares and 304 employees and is the most modern land

fill in the Philippines.

C. Nature of company:

Solid Wastes Management Services

D. Company Observation:

We weren’t given the chance to tour the company because of lack of time but they

did show a simple block diagram of their process and explained how their landfills are

made. The landfills use a modern land lining that prevents leachate leakage and provides

a leachate catchment through use of perforated pipes. The lining is composed of 5 layers

which are gravel, sand, geotextile, HDPE and Clay. The collected leachate is aerated

with enzymes in leachate ponds continuously for 30 days. Leachate should have a BOD

of 150 to be considered treated.

E. Reflections:

Since we didn’t really tour the company, we didn’t get to have that much insight on

the processes. The guides gave us an illustration of their process and just explained

briefly the function of those processes. Since Baguio city is not one of their clients maybe

Baguio should start using their services.

A. Company Name:

Asia Pacific Energy Corporation

B. Company Profile:

Asia Pacific Energy Corporation is a 52 Megawatt-hour powerplant situated in

Mabacalat, Pampanga and it is principally engaged in developing and operating a power

supply and distribution facility at the TECO – Special Economic Zone (TECO – SEZ).

C. Nature of company:

Power Generation and Distribution

D. Company Observation:

The plant’s process starts from pumping out ground water and purifying it though

filters and softener exchanger columns to remove the hardness then it goes though

reverse osmosis to achieve a purity of 80-85 percent. Then it passes though a

demineralization system which removes the remaining minerals. The water goes through

another filter, the AC filter, where iron, odor, and organic carbon are removed. To further

ensure water purity, the water goes through a cation exchanger, a CO2 remover, an anion

exchanger, and lastly a mixed bed exchanger. The last four process removes cations,

CO2, anions, and both cations and anions respectively.

Then the water goes to the boiler where it is converted to steam that is used to power

turbines to produce electricity. The steam then goes to a cooling tower to recover the

water to be used again in the system. The boiler is heated using subbituminous coal and

it is estimated that 7 tons of steam are produced per 1 ton of coal.

E. Reflections:

The things we learned in the powerplant were taught in out thermodynamics class.

It was really eye opening that the things we were solving in our class were being used in

these powerplants. It made me love thermodynamics even more.

A. Company Name:

AC Harris Cable Corporation

B. Company Profile:

AC Harris Cable Corporation was incorporated in July of 2005 with the sole

purpose of manufacturing quality Aluminum, Copper and Steel Wires & Cables for the

quality conscious and service-oriented customers.

C. Nature of company:

Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing

D. Company Observation:

The company focuses in the manufacturing of wires for different applications.

There are three main categories of their products, the aluminum line, Copper line, and

the Steel line. There are 4 major processes in their plant in the production of their wires

which are wire drawing, strangling, extrusion and cabling with one additional step in their

copper wire production which is annealing. The company is ISO 9001:2008 Certified

Company with PS Licensed products manufactured in accordance with ASTM-B230/232

and ASTM-B498-02 Standards.

E. Reflections:

The company dealt with mostly mechanical processes; it was nice to know how

the wires we get to see daily from electric wires to building cables were produced. I also

learned that they use LDPE to coat their electrical wires.

A. Company Name:

Hytec Power Incorporated

B. Company Profile:

Hytec Power Inc. is a part of the industrial equipment wholesaler’s industry. It was

founded on February 1994 by Engr. Eric Jude S. Soliman and the company focuses on

providing solutions to industrial companies and education.

C. Nature of company:

Industrial equipment and educational equipment provider.

D. Company Observation:

The company provide state of the art educational equipment to schools from virtual

welding devices to chemistry kits. There were different control boxes that simulated

industry control rooms. These educational devices enable students to experience modern

equipment to gain skills before they set out to different industries.

E. Reflections:

There were ChE related equipment in their company especially the Process control

equipment. The CNC machine also piqued my interests which led me to try to learn how

to use Solid Works. There was also laboratory distillation equipment that would be nice

to have in our school.

A. Company Name:

National Food Authority

B. Company Profile:

National Food Authority is a Government Agency of the Republic of the Philippines

under the supervision of Department of Agriculture. The agency’s responsibility is in line

with ensuring national food security and controlling the supply and prices of the country's

staple food which is rice. They are under the control of the Office of the President and

with the implementing laws of R.A 11203 known as the Rice Tariffication Law. Also, they

are governed with core values such as Integrity, Fairness, Excellence, Participative

Management, Rationalized Development, and Transparency

C. Nature of company:

Food Industry (Rice Milling and Distribution)

D. Company Observation:

NFA Rosales has two locations, one is where they store rice and the other is where

they mill the rice. The NFA plant visited are close to residential areas but since it is mostly

warehousing it not that hazardous to the community. The use of PPE’s is not observed in

the stock warehouses but they are required on the rice milling plant. The plants comply

with solid waste management guidelines and they also recycle. Rice husk that are

generally considered waste are incinerated and are sold as fertilizers and some are

pulverized and used as animal feed. The raw materials of the plant such as the rice stalks

are placed in sacks for it is in solid form. They are piled up according to their time housed

inside the plant. The market of the said agency is only with private distributors who tend

to communicate and obtain rice from them

E. Reflections:

I saw the things we learned in our plant design class like the standard spaces

between machines in a plant and plant location selection. The plants are easy to get to

and are surrounded by mostly agricultural lands. Pangasinan is known as a surplus

province when it comes to rice, this means that Pangasinan produces more than what it

can consume and it is known as one of the largest rice producers in the country.
A. Company Name:

ABS-CBN Corporation

B. Company Profile:

ABS-CBN is well recognized as one of the major media and entertainment firms in

the Philippines. They have the broadest range of sales, operating income, assets, net

income, equity, employees and other aspects.

The ABS - CBN Corporation's history can be traced from two companies' history,

namely Alto Broadcasting System (ABS) and Chronicle Broadcasting Network (CBN). At

first, ABS and CBN are two established, independent companies that give the Filipino

community different kinds of service. On the 1st of February, 1967 these two independent

corporations became one and renamed once as ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and

in 2010, the name of the company was changed to ABS-CBN Corporation.

C. Nature of company:

Entertainment and Media Conglomerate

D. Company Observation:

To bring smiles to the heart of the Filipino people media companies such as ABS-

CBN work hard to achieve their goals. To bring top notch service they strictly follow

processes in their production. First, they set up everything in the studio, from the lights,

props to the recording equipment. Then after checking everything they will start

rehearsing to practice the flow of the show and when the rehearsals are finished, they will

now start recording the show live. During the shows there is a central control room where

sound engineers tweak the sound, where the director gives cues and where the filming

crew adjusts their settings to make the show successful

E. Reflections:

Behind every enjoyable episode of your favorite show is a hard-working crew that

gives their all in providing the Filipino people joy in their hearts. Just like any company or

industrial plant they follow guidelines and there is a flow to the process in providing a

service or a product. The things that they use in their adjustments are similar to the

controllers that Chemical Engineers use in the plant. They fine tune every variable to

produce a wonderful product.

Lessons learned:

The 4-day 3-night trip was truly noteworthy. It gave me ideas on what industries I am going to

pursue once I step out into the world. It opened my eyes on the things that chemical engineers do in

the industry in making the lives of people more convenient. It gave me a purpose to do my best to

provide my services in the future when I become an engineer. The also taught me to cherish my friends

and schoolmates for this maybe the last trip we will be together.

On the technical side of things there are also a lot of things that I learned though this educational


The first plant we visited was NFA. It was mostly warehousing where they stored rice grains for

drying but on their other plant site, they had a rice milling plant. It was my first time seeing a rice mill of

that size and it was quite fascinating to see how the staple grain of the Philippines was milled and the

quality checks it undergoes before it goes to our markets. The next company was Metro Clark waste

management corporation. It is a modern landfill where they make use of German technology. Due to

their landfilling methods they can prevent odors that one might smell in normal landfills and recover

methane from our trash. Tanduay Corporation, the company taught me different things with regards to

alcoholic beverages. I was able to widen my understanding with regards to the ageing and blending

process for I thought that ageing is simply for wines. If given the chance I would like to work at Tanduay.

I already have an idea with regards to septage and sewage because of my internship, but with the plant

visit in Manila Waters it gave me a better understanding of the things that should be maintained. Though

ABS-CBN is not related to the field Chemical engineering I had fun there learning how they make the

shows that put smiles in the hearts of the Filipino people. It gave me an idea if ever I get tired of the

chemical engineering field, I can always be a primetime superstar. The last plant we visited was Asia

Pacific Energy Corporation. It was a coal fired powerplant located in Pampanga. I got to see how the

theories we learned in out thermodynamics class were being used in real life, from the ion exchange

columns in their water facilities to the turbines they use to generate electricity.
Documentary evidences:
A. Summary of seminar and workshops attended
No. Seminar Title Date Venue Remarks
University of the The seminars focused on
10th National Chemical
1. 11/16/2019 Philippines Diliman, the manufacturing of
Engineering Symposium
Quezon City building materials
I got to learn about GHS
and how it will build a safer
Sustainable Growth in a
Arianna Hotel, work environment and
2. Healthier & Safer 10/26/2019
Bauang, La Union updates on the
implementation of RA 9275
and DAO 2016-08
University of the The seminars focused on
9th National Chemical
3. 11/18/2018 Philippines Diliman, fast moving consumer
Engineering Symposium
Quezon City goods
RA 6969: Toxic
Saint Louis
Substances and Hazardous I acquired in depth
4. 10/24/2018 University, Baguio
and Nuclear Waste Control knowledge on RA 6969
Act of 1990
Chemical Engineers have
Role of Engineers in Apartelle
different roles not only in the
5. Philippine Economic Zone 09/04/2018 Conference Hall,
industry but also in the
Authority (PEZA) Zones Brentwood Village,
Baguio City
Cardijn Hall, Saint The seminar showed us that
Industrial Environmental Louis University industries can be in a
6. 11/23/2017
Management Seminar Ladies Dorm, mutual relationship with the
Baguio City environment
Cardijn Hall, Saint
I always wanted to work in
Petron Bataan Refinery Louis University
7. 11/21/2017 the petrochemical industry
(SINAG) Ladies Dorm,
so this seminar was fun
Baguio City
Cardijn Hall, Saint
I got to learn a lot about the
Tanduay Distillers, INC Louis University
8. 11/20/2017 process at Tanduay and
(SINAG) Ladies Dorm,
about their products
Baguio City
University of the
8th National Chemical The seminars focused on
9. 11/18/2017 Philippines Diliman,
Engineering Symposium the petrochemical industry
Quezon City
Albert Main Hall, The seminar opened up my
Environmental Issues and
10. 10/08/2017 Teacher’s Camp eyes on the issues in our
Management Skills
Baguio City environment
Cardijn Hall, Saint
Louis University I got to know more about
11. Metallurgical 09/28/2017
Ladies Dorm, the metallurgical science
Baguio City
Cardijn Hall, Saint
I got to learn about green
Louis University
12. Green Chemistry 09/28/2017 chemistry and what good it
Ladies Dorm,
can do for our environment
Baguio City
B. Reflections
The two seminars that really piqued my interest are the 8th National Chemical Engineering

Symposium and Tanduay Distillers. I have always wanted to work in the petrochemical industry

and the 8th National Chemical Engineering Symposium gave me an idea on the work that I wanted

to pursue. From the drilling from an oil rig in the middle of the sea to the distillation column in the

refinery it taught me different things that chemical engineers have to do to provide energy to the

masses. Tanduay Distillers inspired me to also look into other fields in Chemical Engineering. The

thought of making liquor made excited in the path that I will be making for myself. It was the most

fun of all the seminars that I have attended. The Petrochemical and Spirits industry are similar

because both have distillation in their processes and maybe that why they pique my interests.

C. Documentary Evidences