Let us modernize our metro manila bus system, not the jeepney system

Let us modernize our metro manila bus system, not the jeepney system
Yes, modernizing the jeepney system with the same set of drivers we have today won’t solve our metro manila traffic problem. There will still be numerous of them blocking intersections, loading passengers at both sides of the intersection and still be the cause of grid locks. They will still operate illegal terminals and impede traffic flow at the end of road networks.
The correct solution is modernizing our bus system into two competing bus consortia – radial bus consortium and circular bus consortium.
The high volume profitable routes will subsidize the low volume non-profitable missionary routes usually dominated by the phased out jeeps and operated in a predictable bus schedule. I was in Leeds, UK and the municipal bus system operates in clock-work fashion. Bus stop posts shows the expected time the bus will pass and as commuter, you can be at the bus stop 5-10 minutes before schedule and queue to be able to ride and use your beep card to pay.
Why modernize the jeeps that lacks passenger capacity and passenger volume – they even have to operate an illegal terminal in order to survive and share the small volume of passenger – and then force them to purchase a costly vehicle? It will never work.
Let us follow the central dispatched bus consortium (of many bus owners and jeepney operators and phased-out drivers). The drivers will be monthly salaried and have minimum education requirement of college graduate like in Bangkok. They won’t be clogging intersections and drive with utmost courtesy thus avoiding gridlocks.
Using buses in major and minor routes eliminates many smaller jeepneys, AUVs, taxis and private cars since not all routes can be served by above ground and underground rail (LRT, MRT). There can be central dispatch to much bus volume with passenger volume at all times 24/7 operation. There will be intersecting radial and circular bus routes so passengers can navigate their way into the central business district in the most optimal manner.
Since the buses will be using beep cards, fares are paid electronically and passenger volume is monitored by central computers to optimize dispatch of buses in all radial and circular routes and complement the rail system (LRT, MRT).
Look at Tokyo and Seoul, they don’t have jeeps and small public transport, but have an integrated rail and bus system only to be complemented by a taxi system for the last-mile travel that is well-managed and disciplined.
Unless we phase out the low-capacity jeepneys and AUVs and replace them with an efficient centrally dispatched bus consortia of radial and circular route system using beep cards for electronic payment and computerized passenger volume monitoring with monthly salaried drivers, WE CAN NEVER SOLVE THE METRO MANILA TRAFFIC PROBLEM.

Marcial Ocampo


OMT ENERGY ENTERPRISES – Now Open for Business

Yes, we are pleased to announce that OMT Energy Enterprises is now open for business.

OMT ENERGY can conduct in-house seminars, workshops and one-on-one training on power generation technology (description, history, capital and operating cost, power plant modeling, and economic and financial analysis to determine the feasibility of each technology).

Later on, OMT ENERGY will assist investors set up energy and power companies, register and secure permits, licenses and incentives from relevant authorities.

The cost of conducting in-house seminar, customizing project finance models, preparing power demand, energy demand, GDP and price forecasts, and feasibility studies  can be negotiated by contacting Marcial Ocampo at:





63-915-6067949 (GLOBE mobile)

Marcial can also be the chief executive officer (CEO, President), chief financial officer (CFO), chief operating officer (COO) or chief technical officer (CTO) or head of any major department in your company.

Following are services offered by OMT ENERGY:

Project Finance Modeling and Feasibility Study of any business enterprise

Supply/Demand/Price Forecasting with Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS)

Deterministic and Stochastic Project Finance Modeling with MCS

Integrated Wind Speed, Power Curves, Capacity Factor and Project Finance with MCS

Conventional and Renewable Energy Statistics (historical, forecast)

Renewable and Conventional Energy Supply/Demand and Tariff Studies

Renewable Energy Resource Assessment (wind, solar, mini-hydro) and Optimal Configuration

Clean Coal and Conventional Coal Project Finance and Feasibility Studies

Petroleum Supply/Demand and Pump Price Studies

LNG Market Study and Fuel Substitution Studies

Biomass Power Barrier Removal

Mini-hydro Power Design, Costing, Modeling and Feasibility Studies

Tri-Generation (Power, Heat, Cooling) Optimization & Financial Modeling

Mid-Term and Final Term Review of WB, UNDP and ADB Projects

Energy & Business Development

Oil, Energy & Electricity Pricing

Feed-In Tariff Calculation for Renewable Energy/Electricity

Refinery, Utilities, Distribution & Transportation Optimization

Refinery & Petrochem Process Modeling & Optimization

Optimal Power & Load Dispatch

Project Finance, Power Plant Modeling & Financial Modeling

Market, Technical & Economic Feasibility Studies

Dam Simulation Modeling & Studies

General Ledger Accounting System

Loans Processing System

Business Modeling & Corporate Planning

Oil Industry Retail & Distribution Expansion Studies

Small Scale Project Finance Models (diesel, hydro, biomass, wind, solar, cogeneration, hybrid-RE)

Large Scale Project Finance Models (oil, coal, geothermal, gas turbines, combined cycles, nuclear)


OMT Energy Enterprises

OMT Energy Enterprises is owned and headed by Marcial Ocampo.

Marcial has prepared the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) of all power generation technologies and existing power plants in the country so that a merit order load dispatch schedule (least expensive to most expensive) is prepared to determine the marginal power plant and clearing price for WESM.

Marcial was engaged full-time by SMC GLOBAL POWER HOLDINGS from Oct 1, 2014 to Sep 30, 2017 to provide energy consultancy services in energy & power, financial modeling, optimization for least cost capacity expansion planning, optimal load dispatch, and Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS) of supply and demand studies, forecasting WESM clearing prices, and MCS of project finance models to determine distribution of NPV, IRR, and PAYBACK of equity and project returns, net present value of income after tax discounted with pre-tax WACC, the pre-tax WACC, electricity tariff, annual generation and average capacity factor.

He is an Energy & Power Generation Technology Selection and Business Development Consultant for oil, gas, coal, geothermal, hydro, and renewable energy technologies such as biomass, solar, wind, mini-hydro, ocean thermal and ocean wave, energy storage and clean energy technologies. He conducts power and energy market studies, supply & demand studies, energy forecasts & projections, pre-feasibility studies, power plant modeling, project finance modeling and feasibility studies. He also optimizes load dispatch, least cost capacity expansion planning using linear programming (LP) models.

Marcial provides optimization and LP models for maximizing refinery value (product sales less crude cost, refining cost, refinery fuel, power and utilities, and other costs), transportation optimization such as petroleum product transshipment, product formulation such as least cost feed-mix component blending, and optimizing manufacturing processes.

From your Energy Technology Expert

Marcial Ocampo

Special Sale on Power Plant Project Finance Models – Renewable, Conventional, Fossil, Nuclear and Waste Heat Recovery Technologies

Special Sale on Power Plant Project Finance Models – Renewable, Conventional, Fossil, Nuclear and Waste Heat Recovery Technologies

The following models may be downloaded for only USD200 for the first 100 clients this September 1-30, 2017.

The models for renewable, conventional, fossil, nuclear, energy storage, and combined heat and power (CHP) project finance models are based on a single template so that you can prioritize which power generation technology to apply in a given application for more detailed design and economic study.

The models below are in Philippine Pesos (PHP) and may be converted to any foreign currency by inputting the appropriate exchange rate (e.g. 1 USD = 1.0000 USD; 1 USD = 50.000 PHP, 1 USD = 3.800 MYR, etc.). Then do a global replacement in all worksheets of ‘PHP’ with ‘XXX’, where ‘XXX’ is the foreign currency of the model.

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Solar + Energy Storage = Future of Mankind

Solar + Energy Storage = Future of Mankind

I am sharing this earth-shaking article from ENERGY CENTRAL.

The Saharan Desert is poised to provide limitless power to the whole of EUROPE.

Here in the Philippines, the local pioneer is SOLAR PHILIPPINES headed by the young and energetic Mr. Leandro Leviste.

Likewise, electric vehicles (EVs) will dominate the global market by 2030-2040 as more global car manufacturers shift completely from petrol to petrol-electric hybrid to pure electric vehicles with grid electricity coming from renewable energy and off-peak solar photo voltaic (solar PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) that will provide base-load generation thru large scale storage batteries (lithium ion, vanadium). Electric vehicles can now travel from 200-400 km per charge and is expected to rise as battery technology improves further.


It looks now that solar energy is poised to replace the sunset fossil oil and coal-fired power generation in many places of the world such as USA, China and Europe.

The growth trend in both the energy storage market and the solar market puts solar-plus-storage in a market sweet spot. IMS Research indicates that the market for storing power from solar panels will grow to $19 billion by the end of this year.

Energy storage installation is expected to expand rapidly from 6 gigawatts in 2017 to more than 40 gigawatts by 2022 according to the Energy Storage Association, and the industry is expected to be worth nearly $11 billion by 2022. The solar industry has also experienced a boom as the United States solar market added 2,044 megawatts of new capacity in the first quarter of 2017.

More and more solar-plus-storage projects are starting all over the U.S., largely due to the fact that lithium-ion prices are dropping and customers now feel more comfortable with the technology. Thus, according to GreenTech Media, energy storage has become the “Darling of the Solar Industry.” The main benefit of solar-plus-storage is its ability to maximize the benefits of intermittent resources such as solar and wind power.

Residential + Solar + Storage

Homeowners benefit from solar-plus-storage because it saves them more money than either system can by themselves, and it reduces their carbon footprint that much more as well. As prices drop, more residential customers will install solar-plus-storage systems in their homes to take advantage of these benefits. Residential energy storage is expected to growth exponentially from 95 megawatts in 2016 to 3,773 megawatts by 2025.

The installed price of residential solar-plus-storage systems has already dropped 25 to 30 percent over the last two to three years, according to Ravi Manghani, director of energy storage for GTM Research. In addition, he says that consumers can realize additional cost reductions when they take advantage of state and federal incentives.

Utilities + Solar + Storage

Solar-plus-storage can make utilities more productive and help them maximize revenues. For example, demand for electricity can increase when consumers utilize solar-plus-storage technology. This demand reduces the need for new fossil fuel facilities, leading to an environmental benefit as well.

In addition, utilities can contract with their customers to draw power from their batteries when the grid needs it, thus lowering energy costs for all stakeholders and protecting against the environmental consequences of burning more fossil fuels to generate energy. More utilities will start to take advantage of solar-plus-storage as prices for utility-scale systems decrease. In fact, one manufacturer says that solar paired with energy storage can be supplied to utilities at a cost of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Visit WillCoEnergy.com for more information.

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Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams is a native of Kansas City, MO with a history of entrepreneurship. He has been a principal in several start-ups and consulted with business owners at many levels.


Career History of Marcial T. Ocampo

Career History of Marcial T. Ocampo

Areas of Interest:

Energy & Power Generation

Linear Programming Optimization (Real and Mixed Integer LP)

Monte Carlo Simulation and Project Risk

Energy, Power and Fuel Supply & Demand Forecasting

Project Finance and Financial Modeling

Econometric Modeling (GDP, Price, Inflation, Employment)

Technical, Economic and Financial Feasibility Studies

Power Plant Management, Planning, Finance, Operations, Technical Services

WB and UNDP Renewable Energy Barrier Removal and Project Evaluation


Elementary – Grade 6 – Valedictorian

High School – Year 4 – Salutatorian

College – B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of the Philippines

2nd Place – Chemical Engineering Board Exam – 87.75%

Masters – M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of the Philippines

Masters – M.S. Combustion & Energy, Leeds University, United Kingdom

Work Experience:

Jun 2014 – Present

Independent Advisor (see above expertise)

Jun 2014 – Present

Energy Technology Selection Expert, Project Finance Modeling, Optimization, Monte  Carlo Simulation at OMT Energy Enterprises

Oct 2014 – Present


Mar 2013 – Sep 2017

Senior Power Generation Engineer at Sinclair Knight Mertz (SKM)

Sep 2012 – Nov 2012

Comprehensive Feasibility Study for Coal-Fired CFB Power Plant Project at Test Consultants, Inc.

Aug 2012 – Sep 2012

International Energy Consultant for Final Review of ENERGY CONSERVATION at UNDP-India

Feb 2012 – Sep 2012

Technical Working Group (TWG) Member, Independent Oil Industry Pricing Review Committee (IOPRC) at Philippine Department of Energy (Pump Price Calculation Model)

Feb 2012 – Jul 2012

CDM Consultancy to Wind Energy Farms of PhilCarbon at PhilCarbon Inc.

Jan 2012 – Jan 2012

External Evaluation of ESMAP 2007-2011 at Baastel

Dec 2011 – Dec 2011

International Energy Consultant / Expert Evaluator at UNDP-China

Sep 2011 – Oct 2011

Project Finance & Financial Modeling Consultant at Hitachi Asia Ltd

May 2011 – Jul 2011

Technical, Market, Economic and Feasibility Study Consultant at PNOC-EC

Apr 2011 – May 2011

Biomass Power Project Mid-Term Review Consultant at UNDP-India

Mar 2011 – Apr 2011

Natural Gas and LNG Market Study Consultant at Confidential Company

Jan 2011 – Mar 2011

Wind Energy Resource Assessment and Feasibility Study of 2 Sites at Constellation Energy Corporation

Nov 2010 – Nov 2010

Fuel Cell Hybrid Bus Demonstration at UNDP-China

Aug 2010 – Sep 2010

Wind-Diesel Hybrid Power Generation at UNDP Indonesia

Jan 2010 – Jan 2010

Presentor of Feed-In Tariff Calculation Procedure at DOE-NREB

Dec 2009 – Dec 2009

Seminar Lecturer & Consultant – Biomass Feed-In Tariff at Biomass Alliance & Phil. Sugar Mfg. Ass. (PSMA)

Dec 2009 – Dec 2009

Seminar Speaker, Feed-in Tariff Calculation at Energy Practitioners Association of the Philippines

Nov 2009 – Dec 2009

Expert on Dam Operation & Safety at House of Representatives of the Philippines (Pre-emptive discharge and dam water release simulation to avoid dam spill before incoming storm)

Jul 2009 – Oct 2009

Consultant for Greenfield Natural Gas CCGT Power Plant at PNOC Exploration Corporation

Jun 2009 – Jun 2009

Consultant for Lignite Coal Fired CFB Power Plant at PNOC Exploration Corporation

Oct 2008 – Nov 2008

CME Biodiesel Technical & Economic Consultant at Rapco CME Biodiesel

Jun 2008 – Jun 2008

Oil Pricing Expert & Consultant at Philippine Department of Energy

Apr 2008 – Apr 2008

Clean Coal Technology Consultant at E-Power

Jun 2007 – Dec 2007

Qualified Third Party (QTP) Consultant for Rural Electrification at World Bank & Philippine Department of Energy (Biomass-Diesel Hybrid Power Generation and Electricity Tariff Setting)

May 2007 – Dec 2007

Liquid Fuels & Additive Consultant at Octagon Chem Oil Corporation

Aug 2007 – Sep 2007

Financial Modeling Consultant at Harty Philippines, Inc.

Feb 2001 – Nov 2006

Senior Technical Services Manager at First Gen Corporation (Combined Cycle Gas Turbine, Pulverized Coal, and Large Dam power generation)

Sep 1999 – Jan 2001

Executive Director at Philippine Council for Industry & Energy Research & Development (PCIERD) of the Department of Science & Technology (DOST)

Jun 1997 – Jan 1998

EDP, Budget & Planning Manager at Petronas Energy Philippines, Inc.

Jun 1993 – May 1997

President & General Manager at Real Time Management Systems (Crude Oil Refinery Operation and Finished Product Distribution optimization with Linear Programming)

Nov 1990 – May 1993

Petron MIS Coordinator at PNOC-Petron Corporation (Nationwide computerization)

Jun 1983 – Nov 1990

Head, Computer Systems Group at PNOC-Petron Bataan Refinery (Refinery computerization and custodian of the Refinery Linear Programming model)

Apr 1978 – Jun 1986

Section Chief for Transport, Building & Machineries at Bureau of Energy Utilization, Philippine Department of Energy

Jun 1974 – Mar 1978

Lecturer at College of Engineering, University of the Philippines


If you are interested in his services, email him quickly as he will be available by October 1, 2017:



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63-915-6067949 (GLOBE mobile)