Micro power plant brings light to 3 sitios in Conner
by Peter Balocnit
Conner, Apayao (1 May) -- A micro-hydro power plant implemented by the local folks themselves is now serving the electrical needs of more than 40 households in three villages of this municipality after a successful test last April 20.
According to Fr. Romeo Dawaton, the Nanawatan-Lapat Micro-Hydro Power Plant (NLMHPP) with a power generation capacity of 15 klW has a project cost of P1.1 million and funded by the Manus Unidas, a non-government organization based in Spain.
Started in 2008, it took more than a year to implement the project since all materials have to be hauled manually through hiking for more than an hour. "The construction was carried out by the community people while the technical aspect of the project was handled by the San Roque Dam Corporation," Fr. Dawaton added.
The NLMHPP, which will be formally inaugurated and turned-over on May 29, is the fourth micro power plant Fr. Dawaton initiated in Conner. The three others were built in Buneg, Katablangan, and Bubog.
Fr. Dawaton is now assigned in Kabugao.
Fr. Romeo expressed his gratitude to the people for giving their full support during its implementation. "I am very happy for the support and involvement of the people. Not only the physical capability of the people was displayed during the construction but more on their unity of working together, regardless of religious affiliation," he stressed.
He said the villagers rendered free labor counterpart and hauling of materials. "Like the first three projects, the whole community was mobilized and organized into working brigades to work in alternate schedule in order for the beneficiaries to attend also to their family chores."
Aside from household lighting, the NLMHPP project also provides electric power for a rice mill, small wood industries, and all the schools and chapels of every religion in the area. (PIA Kalinga) [top]