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PIA Press Release
2009/06/09

DAR bares plan to transform Nueva Vizcaya's waterfalls into micro-hydro projects

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (9 June) -- The province's waterfalls and creeks are being studied here inorder to transform them into micro-hydro projects that will provide electricity at a lower cost.

Joselito Garcia, provincial agrarian reform officer said they are now facilitating a study on the existing waterfalls and creeks which are identified as potential venues for the proposed midro-hydro power projects with the Department of Agrarian Reform(DAR), Central Luzon State University(CLSU) and host local government units to provide power in remote areas that do not have electricity and additional power for neighboring villages.

The consultation will soon result into a feasibility study that will be offered for takers of the proposed projects particularly the local government units.

"Our province is blessed with natural water falls which, if fully harnessed can provide the needed electricity specially in far flung areas," Garcia said.

The micro-hydro project which entails funding counterpart from local government units has been endorsed by the provincial as well as the regional development council in Cagayan Valley region.

He said the potentials of the province for micro-hydro projects are in time with the passage of the renewable energy act which encourages the development of alternative sources of energy because of the rising cost of fossilized fuel in the world market.

According to Garcia, small scale industries such as handicrafts(broom making, basket weaving) among others being undertaken by indigenous communities will also be transformed into business enterprises with the establishment of micro-hydro projects in these areas.

"In fact, it will also double the production of our local products and eventually generate employment since electricity will attract and invite industries in their areas," he said.

Garcia said at least P200,000.00 is needed from the LGUs to complete a feasibility study for their areas such as the towns of Alfonso Castaneda, Sta. Fe, Kasibu, Villaverde, Bagabag, Bayombong and Dupax del Norte.

He said the provincial government through governor Luisa Cuaresma has pledged financial support for the projects once this will be implemented within the LGUs.

"We hope we can push through with the project this year," Garcia said. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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