Ateneo studes discover Hedcor Sibulan’s hydropower operations

Knowing how hydropower operates is easily accessible through reading but seeing it in action–how water is converted to usable electricity to power homes and businesses makes a big difference.

Fortyfive Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) students taking Accounting and Management classes witnessed the creation of clean and renewable energy as they took a tour of Hedcor’s 42.5 MW Sibulan Hydropower Plant in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. Hedcor engineers showed how the plant converts water into electricity with little or no adverse effect to the environment. Generating 212 gigawatthours annually, the plant prevents the emission of 175,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Students also learned that the plant providing electricity to more than 50,000 homes can coexists with the environment and community. Together with the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., Hedcor partner with the community in bringing out projects focused on health, education and livelihood. Two potable water systems aided the residents in fetching drinking water in a much shorter walk as well as having pipes connected to their homes from the hydropower’s pipeline which allowed them to use the water for domestic use. Meanwhile, doctors regularly visit the community during Hedcor’s medical mission, giving easier access to consultations, and medicines given freely by the hydropower firm.

The students can resonate with one of the thrusts of Hedcor and the Aboitiz Foundation–education for the future leaders of the country. Kids in the community receive gifts from Hedcor twice a year, during class opening and Christmas season. The gifts given are usually school supplies that can help them in school. Also, the top achievers in their class receive monthly stipend from Hedcor.

The Sibulan Hydropower Plant started its operations in March 2010 and has been visited by high school and college students from Davao City. They marveled at the engineering feat in its neighboring town.

Hedcor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower Corporation. Hedcor is the largest developer of run-of-river hydropower plants in the country with 18 hydropower plants in Benguet, Davao and Ilocos Sur. It has plans of building more plants in Mindanao, thus developing five more plants–two in Davao del Sur, one in Davao City and two in Bukidnon.

On the other hand, AdDU is one of the nine schools in the country owned and operated by the Society of Jesus. It formally opened in June 1948.

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