Benguet – AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor recently initiated river cleanup drives cleaning two tons of wet waste from its adopted rivers around Tuba and La Trinidad.
The series of cleanup drives is an annual initiative of Hedcor in support of the World Water Day last March 22, and the Earth Day last April 22. Earth Day and World Water Day are two international movements that aim to strengthen awareness on environmental preservation.
Over a hundred Hedcor team members accompanied by the local community and government units collected waste around the rivers’ tributaries. The group sacked up over 700 kgs of waste from the Bolo creek in La Trinidad and 900 kgs from the Elew Creek in Irisan.
The Elew and Bolo creeks are tributaries of the Elew and Balili rivers both of which are under Hedcor’s care through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Adopt-an-Estero program. The two rivers feed seven of the company’s 11 power plants in Benguet generating close to 80 million kWhs of clean and renewable energy from run-of-river hydropower annually.
Under the Adopt-an-Estero program, Hedcor commits to initiate activities and programs that will help promote environmental preservation and encourage community participation in river clean-up drives.
Hedcor also adopted a portion of the Chico River in Mountain Province. The river will soon feed the company’s 14MW Sabangan Hydropower Project which is set break ground for construction early June.
Hedcor is the largest developer of run-of-river hydropower plants in the country, owning 19 hydropower plants in Benguet, Davao and Ilocos Sur with a total capacity of 155MW.