To electrify the remaining unenergized barangays of Davao del Sur. This is the common goal that Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. and Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (DASURECO) have agreed to pursue.
Just last month, the residents of Sitio San Miguel in Brgy. Ruparan, Digos City, were part of the symbolic switch-on ceremony marking the eventual arrival of electricity in their barrio. Close to 100 households stands to benefit from the energization, making them the pilot recipients of this first project of Hedcor and DASURECO.
“Sa sobra napulo ka tuig namong pag puyo diri, na amgo na gyud namo ang among pangandoy nga makabaton og kuryente. (In more than 10 years of living here, our dreams to have electricity is now realized.),” 29-year old resident Misuari Adel said.
“For the welfare of our people, Hedcor and DASURECO make ways to attain the zero-unelectrified barangays in Davao del Sur,” Digos City Mayor Joseph Penas in his speech after the switch-on ceremony. Penas led the ceremony, accompanied by Punong Barangay Jaime Mantilla. There were 6 electric posts initially installed to connect the houses to the main power source.
From the generation of the 42.5-megawatt Sibulan Hydro Power, Hedcor offered P3 million financial assistance to DASURECO, P2,000,000 of which is allotted for the energization of Sitio San Miguel while the remaining amount will be for the cooperative’s operations and maintenance expenses.
On the same day, Hedcor Vice Presidents Boy Jabonillo and Rolando Pacquiao turned over the P1 million checks to DASURECO.
Retired RTC Judge Director Rodolfo Escovilla was on hand to formally accept the check. “Hedcor is our partner for the electrification and for the sustainable development of the rural community in Davao del Sur,” Escovilla later said.
Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. operates the 42.5 MW run-of-river Sibulan Hydropower Plant and is committed to helping the community where it operates. Since 2008 up to the present, the company has dispensed P 5.4 million as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility projects focused in the areas of health, education and livelihood.
Hedcor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower, the holding company for the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, retail and power services. It is a major producer of Cleanergy–its brand for clean and renewable energy in the Philippines with several hydroelectric and geothermal assets in its generation portfolio and also has non-renewable power plants located across the country.