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Hydrocore Corp seeks FPIC for mini-hydro project

by Vency D. Bulayungan

LAGAWE, Ifugao (22 September) -- The Hydrocore Corp based in Makati City is seeking a Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) as a prerequisite of a proposed mini-hydro project here.

NCIP Officer In Charge Doreen Pawell said the proposed project needing FPIC is dubbed as the Ibulao Mini-Hydro Project.

"The FPIC will ensure genuine participation of the Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) in decision making," Dulnuan said. This will also protect the rights of ICCs/IPs in the introduction and implementation of plans programs, projects activities and other undertakings that will impact upon their ancestral domains to ensure their economic, social and cultural wellbeing, she added.

The Ibulao mini-hydro project (MHP) is a run-off-river type of mini-hydroelectric power generation with no storage of watering utilizing an 8-meter high dam located about 150 meters downstream from the Ibulao bridge.

According to the technical description of the project, the calculated rated power capacity is 4.70 megawatts (MW) based on rainy months river flow of 50 cubic meters per second and net head of 10.80 meters. There will be three vertical Kaplan turbines with a rated capacity of 1.57 MW each.

The description further states that the electricity produced from the minihydro plant will be fed to 5-km/13.2 KV line of Ifugao Electric Cooperative for Ifugao local grid distribution and the excess power will be wheeled to the 40-km/69 KV line going to the NUVELCO sub-station.

According to the proposed plan prepared by the Hydrocore Corp., the 2% of gross proceeds from the operation of the minihydro plant will go to the host community; Improvement of the watershed through the implementation of a watershed management plan as a post construction requirement of the Department of Energy (DOE); jobs for the local people during the one year construction of the project.

The Corporation also bared that taxes will accrue to the host community after the expiration of the 7-years tax holiday; stable, reliable and cheaper power as the minihydro plant will be selling at 5% less than the current NAPOCOR rate plus 3% prompt payment discount for maximum of 8%; will be contributor to averting global warming through reduction of fossil based power generation that emits CO2 and pollutes the environment.

The plant is the second minihydro which is being proposed for construction in the province. The other one is the Ambangal minihydro in Kiangan.

The Ibulao River is one of the main suppliers of water to the Magat Dam. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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