renewable energy in the Philippines

Hedcor hires local residents to man hydropower plants

Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. or HSI, the developer of the 42.5 MW run-of-river hydropower plant in Barangay Sibulan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, recently recruited local residents as plant operators.

“We have looked for qualified local residents to join our Sibulan operations team,” said HRQ manager Carol Tuvera. “Their familiarity with the community will be beneficial to us and to the community”.

Among the newly hired operators is Euri Caspi, a licensed mechanical engineer from the University of Mindanao. He grew up in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

“I’m proud to be part of a team who are known as experts in developing and operating run-of-river hydropower plants,” declared Caspi. “In addition to that, I can help protect the environment as operator of carbon emissions-free power plant”.

The Sibulan Hydropower Project created more than 1,000 employment opportunities to the locals of Barangay Sibulan and adjacent barangays and municipalities.

When fully operational, the Sibulan Hydropower Plant will generate 212 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy, thus preventing the release of more than 95,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (tCO2e) to the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide contributes significantly to global warming.

“We appreciate that they chose us as partner in building their careers,” Tuvera added.

Like its sister company Hedcor, Inc., Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. is a known as partner-of-choice in the communities they work with.

Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. and Hedcor, Inc. are wholly-owned subsidiaries of AboitizPower, a major producer of renewable energy in the country with several hydroelectric and geothermal assets in its generation portfolio. The non-renewable portfolio consists of plants throughout the country. The distribution utilities it owns and operates are located in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

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