Finally, AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor Sabangan, Inc. launched the 14MW Sabangan Hydropower Project, its first venture in Mountain Province on June 18 marking its full blast of construction.
“We are here to stay and grow with the community. Hedcor is committed not only in maintaining its leadership in the field of run-of-river hydropower, but also to improving the lives of the residents of our host communities” Rene Ronquillo, Hedcor President and COO said in his speech.
Ronquillo led the launching ceremonies held at the Sabangan Municipal grounds. The event was attended by local and national agencies both government and non-government. Prominent local political figures of the province led by Governor Leonard Mayaen graced the occasion. People from the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Natural Resources (DENR), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), National commission of Indigenous People (NCIP) and Mountain Province Electric Cooperative (MOPRECO)joined the ocassion. The indigenous people of the community also didn’t pass the opportunity to witness this milestone in their province.
“Because of the good history of Hedcor, the LGU of Mountain Province is in full support of its hydropower project in the community. We are also hoping that this project is the start of more projects in the province,” Mayaen expressed in his speech.
Indigenous people leaders were also given the floor to speak in the ceremony reiterating their gratefulness in choosing Sabangan as the project’s host.
The ceremony includes unveiling of the power house perspective by Hedcor’s Vice President for Business Development Boy Jabonillo and Vice president for Engineering and Construction Chris Sangster. Ceremonial placing of hand prints on a tablet participated by the Hedcor’s president, Mt. Province governor, Sabangan’s vice mayor and Namatec’s barangay captain was undertaken representing lasting ties between the company and community. The tablet will soon be placed at the constructed power house.
The Sabangan hydropower plant utilizes a run-of-river scheme that will harness the waters of Chico River. The project will have a total installed capacity of 14MW that is expected to produce a total of 55 million kW-hour of clean and renewable energy per year. This is the company’s answer to the government’s advocacy in increasing the renewable energy portfolio in the country. The hydro plant is expected to be operational in 2015.
The community will benefit from the project through its Corporate Social Responsibility focusing on education, health, safety, environment and livelihood. More over, job opportunities will open to the locals during the construction phase and hiring of the locals will be prioritized when the plant becomes operational. To top it all, the host communities including the barangays and the tribal community will be given share from the generation sales of the plant.
Hedcor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the AboitizPower developing run-of-the river hyro power owning 19 plants across Benguet, Ilocos Sur and Davao generating a total of 155MW. It is currently constructing two plants in Davao del Sur.