Short Biography of Some Key Persons


BERNARDO S. TOLENTINO - Bernie is a pioneer in geothermal exploration in the Philippines. He has a B.S. Geology degree from the University of the Philippines and a Diploma in Volcanology and Applied Seismology at the International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering in Tokyo, Japan. He started his career with the Commission on Volcanology in 1968 and joined the National Power Corporation in 1974 where he led geothermal exploration works in Tongonan, Leyte; Palinpinon, Negros Oriental; Mt. Makiling, Laguna; Manito, Albay and Bacon, Sorsogon; and Mt. Apo, Mindanao. In 1976, he joined the newly created PNOC-EDC and rose from the ranks to become its General Manager in 1986. With PNOC-EDC, he was responsible in the planning and directing all the geothermal exploration program of the company. He was the final authority in all evaluation results and recommending to management the appropriate delineation cum development strategies; and finalizing the resource assessment and feasibility reports. During his stint, the PNOC-EDC Geothermal Division has put in operation 445.5 Mwe (Tongonan Geothermal Field), 110 Mwe (Bacon-Manito Geothermal Field) and the 228 Mwe (Palinpinon Geothermal Field) power plants. He almost single-handedly planned and managed the training program for all technical personnel of PNOC-EDC from 1977 to 1988, producing more than 100 personnel trained in various skills and disciplines in New Zealand, Iceland, Japan, Italy, and the United States. . A large part of PNOC-EDC’s management agenda for Bernie was to visit countries recognized by the geothermal world for their respective accomplishments in the industry. He visited New Zealand for six times; Iceland, twice and Italy and the United States, once. In 1988, he left PNOC-EDC to lead a Filipino and Japanese geothermal group in the implementation of a work program in four (4) geothermal areas in Kyushu and eleven (11) areas in the central island of Honshu. The group identified and confirmed by drilling 150 Mwe steam capacity in Kyushu. He became an independent consultant after his long stint in Japan and recently joined FEDS Energy as its Chairman of the Board and CEO.