Bukidnon 51.6MW hydropower project

Bukidnon – The municipal mayor of Manolo Fortich, Rogelio N. Quiño, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on May 28 with Hedcor vice president for Business and Development Boy Jabonillo to develop the proposed 51.6 MW Manolo Fortich Hydropower Project.
“We have just sealed our partnership for the improvement of Manolo Fortich. More projects will be realized when Hedcor’s hydro plant will push through. We are more than willing to extend our help for the company to build this project”, Quiño said.
Hedcor intends to build two cascading plants that will harness power from the Amusig, Guihean and Tanaon rivers. The Manolo Fortich Hydro 1 will have a capacity of 35.2 MW and the Manolo Fortich Hydro 2 will generate 16.4 MW. Both plants combined can produce a total of almost 300 million kWh a year.
Hedcor, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower, produces clean and renewable energy across the country through the development, operation and management of run-of-river hydropower plants.
MOAs with the Municipality of Impasug-ong, Barangays Guihean, Guilang-guilang, Santiago, Dalirig and Maluko were signed in the previous weeks.
As stipulated in the MOA, these host communities will gain substantial benefit from the project.
“Hedcor’s project in Manolo Fortich will surely bring progress in our communities. It will generate income, secure additional power supply, will generate local employment, and our communities can avail for their CSR projects”, Quiño said.
Local employment and training opportunities will be provided to the qualified residents on the stages of feasibility, construction and operations. During construction, the workforce will be sourced out from the members of the host community.
Residents will also have easier access to the market, education and health through farm-to-market roads that will be provided by the project.
The project’s conveyance lines will be made available to the farmers for them to have direct water supply for their vegetable gardens.
The hydro firm will also provide direct taxes and license fees to the local government for better opportunities to finance other developmental projects.
Over and above the law, host communities will receive their annual generation shares starting on the 1st anniversary from the commercial operation of the two hydro power plants.
Hedcor has 19 run-of-river hydropower plants in Benguet, Ilocos Sur, Davao del Sur and Davao City with a total combined capacity of 155 megawatts.

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