MMLDC is short for Meralco Management & Leadership Development Center located in Kilometer 27 Sumulong Highway in Antipolo, Rizal province.
But to thousands of others that have benefited from its programs, there is so much more to the 10-hectare expanse.
MMLDC started as an internal training facility for the 6,000- plus workforce of Meralco, including contractors, partners and managers. The utility was then undergoing a spate of transformation coming out of the 1980s and 1990s.
Before , Meralco conducts a lot of out-of-town training; practically every week we were doing team building, living out of our suitcases . Then the management decided to set up our own center to make it more convenient for the employees and the participants.
Manuel L. Lopez tarpaulin
On August 9, 1999, MMLDC was formally established, with the Academic Hall as the first structure to be opened. By 2000, the buzz was out about the new training center, with people from other companies requesting to rent the venue for their own training activities.
As an educational foundation, MLDC’s stated vision is to create a brighter future through institutions and individuals who manifest and promote social responsibility through its five advocacies: ethical leadership, quality management, technical excellence, environmental stewardship, and safety and wellness practices.
In 2006, the corporate training and academic services programs were beefed up to complement the teambuilding programs, considered the centers bread and butter.
The big compound had old mango trees with huge Platycerium grande, bromeliad, tillandsias , orchids mounted on living trees in landscaped garden setting.
There were a lot of exotic bird collection like parrots, budgerigars , peacocks, pigeons . There is a (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), or Hyacinthine Macaw or Hyacinth Macaw which is reputed on e of the rarest bird in the world which is endangered in the wild .
author with a common green parrot
The Hyacinth Macaw is an endangered species due to over collection for the cage bird trade and habitat loss. Annual grass fires set by farmers can destroy nest trees, and regions previously inhabited by this macaw are now unsuitable due to cattle-ranching, forest destruction , pet trade etc…
There was a short bird show which was duly reserved for the visiting POS members . The captive parrots and their trainers entertained the visitors . At the end of the bird show – the handlers let the visitors handle the parrot.
The group also went to a small museum and a gift shop within the compound.
The foundation is ideal for social functions like seminars, filed trip, corporate parties etc…
Location : Km 27 Sumulong Highway , Antipolo City , Rizal
Telephone 632-8111/696 -3051