Over a hundred residents from Tadiangan and its adjacent barangays and municipalities have been hired for the construction of Hedcor’s 3.8 MW Irisan 1 Hydropower Project in Tadiangan, Tuba.
The hydropower company has allotted over 3 million pesos for the commissioning of local residents to aid in the hydropower plant’s construction assuring workers a steady income throughout the project’s construction phase of 7-8 months.
Locals were hired for the construction as laborers, helpers, masons and security personnel. Upon completion of the hydropower facility, locals were also encouraged to apply as workers for the operations and maintenance of the hydropower plant later in the year.
Qualified members of the community are given preference for employment by the hydro company as a means of promoting homegrown talent and at the same time opening income opportunities to residents.
According to Tadiangan barangay captain Marvin Fernando, the average resident will usually finish high school and then go off to find work. With that, there is a great need in the community for skill-based job opportunities.
Aside from employment preference during the construction and operation of the hydro, residents of Tadiangan also benefit from different corporate social responsibility projects to the community such as medical missions and livelihood development.
The Irisan 1 Hydropower Project, which broke ground last October 2010, is expected to be operational within the last quarter of the year. Upon completion, the project will generate an estimated 11 million kilowatt-hours of clean and renewable energy annually.
Hedcor, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower, owns and operates 18 run-of-river hydropower plants in Benguet and Davao with a total capacity of 150 MWs.
EMPLOYMENT CLOSER TO HOME. Local residents hired by Hedcor aid in the construction of its latest hydropower plant in Tuba, Benguet. The company extends preferential employment to capable members of the community.