KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 23 April) – Local officials in the municipality of Impasug-ong in Bukidnon province and representatives of Hedcor, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower Corporation, have signed on Monday a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to build two run-of-river hydroelectric power plants.
A press statement from AboitizPower said among the signatories to the MOA were Impasug-ong Mayor Mario Okinlay; Ricardo Anlicao, chairman of Barangay Guihean in Impasug-ong; and Boy Jabonillo, Hedcor’s vice president for business development.
The MOA signing, AboitizPower said, signals the start of a more detailed feasibility study for the project.
Okinlay was quoted as saying that the hydroelectric plants, set to be constructed in nearby Manolo Fortich town, would help ease the Mindanao power crisis.
Hedcor intends to build two cascading hydro plants that will use water from the Amusig, Guihean, and Tanaon rivers. One of the rivers reportedly pass through Impasug-ong.
Okinlay, during the signing, urged his constituents to support the project so they could help get rid of the brownouts.
Bukidnon province is experiencing daily load curtailment.
AboitizPower said the Manolo Fortich Hydro-1 will have a capacity of 35.2 MW and the Manolo Fortich Hydro-2 will generate 16.4 MW or a total capacity of 51.6 MW. Both plants, according to the project brief, can produce at least 300 million kWh annually.
Jabonillo, during the MOA signing, ensured local officials of Impasug-ong town that his company, aside from bringing power to the community, would continue to help residents through “sustainable social development programs.”
Hedcor claims to be the country’s leading run-of-river hydro plant developer in the Philippines.
In Mindanao, Hedcor manages and operates hydropower plants with a generating capacity of 47 MW. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)