Petrosphere, UTP, PSU, UP to offer international webinar on impact of COVID-19 on oil and gas industry

An international webinar entitled “Impact of COVID-19 on oil and gas industry” will be held this coming August 21, Friday, from 3 – 5 in the afternoon (+8 GMT), and interested participants can now register online for free.

Engr. Ernz P. Cabanting, the lead convener of the event and the HSSEQ / Training Officer of Petrosphere Incorporated, said that this event is made possible through the cooperation of Petrosphere, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Palawan State University and Universitas Pertamina.

“We are inviting everyone to join this free webinar, especially our petroleum engineering students, the faculty and staff, and of course, the oil and gas professionals, including those who are interested to know about the industry,” Cabanting said.

To register in this free webinar, visit Participants who participated and submitted the evaluation form are eligible to receive free e-certificate.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has greatly impacted all industries including the oil and gas. This free webinar will equip participants to be knowledgeable on how to cope and be self-sustainable while experiencing this pandemic and to prepare for future opportunities in the oil and gas industry.

There will be three topics to be discussed in the webinar: “Impact of COVID-19: Leading in Oil and Gas Uncertainties” by Prof. Dr. Budi W. Soetjipto from the Universitas Pertamina, Indonesia, “Digitalization in O&G as a new normal” by Prof. Ir. Dr. Shahir Liew from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia, and “Impact of COVID-19 on Global Workers in the Oil and Gas Industry” by Engr. Harthwell Capistrano, Petrosphere Incorporated, Qatar.

Aside from these resource speakers, there will be three reactors namely, Mr. Zaimizi Hamdani, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia, Engr. Jerico M. Padrones, Palawan State University, Philippines and Dr. Wahyu Agung from Universitas Pertamina in Indonesia.

According to the information sheet of the webinar, the objectives of the webinar are to identify skills and competencies that will enable participants to be well prepared for the future opportunities in the oil and gas industry, determine the impact of COVID-19 in the oil and gas sector and how to be resilient during this pandemic, and identify precautionary measures to remain safe and healthy amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

The event is supported by the Batangas State University, Adamson University and Oil and Gas companies.


Petrosphere Incorporated is a one-stop-shop training, review and consultancy company based in the Philippines that is accredited by the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), including the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB) and the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI).

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) is a leading private university in Malaysia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PETRONAS, the national oil and gas company of Malaysia. It was established on 10 January 1997. UTP offers a wide range of industry-relevant engineering, science and technology programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It aims to produce well-rounded graduates with excellent leadership qualities and communication abilities.

Palawan State University is the most sustainable and eco-friendly school in the Philippines, a premiere State University in the Southeast Asia that provides excellent and relevant Higher Education for Sustainable Development. It is a government-funded university based in Puerto Princesa City with several campuses in the province headed by Dr. Ramon M. Docto. It is also the pioneering university that offers Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.

Unversitas Pertamina (UP) also known as Pertamina University is a private higher education institution located in Jakarta, Indonesia and was founded in 2016.  UP is managed by Pertamina Foundation. The University intends to improve and ensure the nation’s education level by providing high-quality yet affordable education, offering merit scholarships and scholarships for people of lower financial status.

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