Kapatagan endorses hydropower project

DAVAO DEL SUR. “Sa walay pagduhaduha, among gisuportahan ang expansion project sa Hedcor pinaagi sa among gibuhat nga Resolution sa pag endorse sa Hedcor ngadto sa Digos City ug Davao del Sur Province, kay kami nakabalo sa una pa nga kini maka ayu ug makatabang gyud og dako diri sa among barangay (Without second thoughts, we support the expansion project of Hedcor through our Barangay Resolution endorsing Hedcor to Digos City and the Province of Davao del Sur because we knew from the start it is good for the community and it will be a big help here)”, said Barangay Kapatagan Captain Juanito Morales.

Morales together with his council recently signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Hedcor, through its vice president Gregorio Jabonillo, allowing the 13.6 MW run-of-river Tudaya Hydropower Project. One of the two plants, Tudaya 1, will be built upstream of the existing Sibulan A. Major structures of the power plant will be built within the municipality of Sta. Cruz and Digos City. Likewise, the Municipality of Sta Cruz has already signed MOA for this project last July 11.

The Barangay Kapatagan is part of Digos City with a total land area of 66.75 sq. km. where more than 8, 000 people reside.

“With this agreement, similarly with barangays Tudaya and Sibulan, we can assure Barangay Kapatagan, we will be their partner in the sustainable development of the area”, Jabonillo said.

The exploration of the two plants started in the first quarter of 2010, it made the development of the projects easier for the Hedcor’s exploration engineers because the potential site of the two plants, especially Tudaya 1 became accessible after Hedcor opened farm-to-market roads and access road for the Sibulan plants.

The two plants, when the plants are completed will be the 8th & 9th plants to be operated by Hedcor in Davao. Hedcor currently operates the two Sibulan plants and the five Talomo Plants.

Hedcor is committed to promote Cleanergy, AboitizPower’s brand of clean and renewable energy and will continue to look for more rivers to develop for run-of-river hydropower generation. To date, Hedcor has 18 run-of-river hydropower plants in the country with a total capacity of 150 MWs.

AboitizPower is the holding company for the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, retail and power services. It is a major producer of Cleanergy, with several hydroelectric and geothermal assets in its generation portfolio, and also has non-renewable power plants located across the country. The company owns distribution utilities that operate in high-growth areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. (For more details, please visit: www.aboitizpower.com and www.cleanergy.com.ph)


Photo Caption:

HYDROPOWER ENDORSEMENT. Barangay Kapatagan Captain Juanito Morales (center) signs the memorandum of agreement between Hedcor and the barangay, endorsing the 13.6 MW Tudaya Hydropower Plant. With him is Hedcor vice president Gregorio Jabonillo (wearing white) and Barangay council members (standing) as witnesses.

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