The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 10 recently endorsed a 2005 resolution endorsing the implementation of the 6-megawatt Limbatangon Hydroeletric Power (HEP) Project in Barangay Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City.

This, after RDC-X confirmed that the proposed project is supportive of the national government’s agenda of energy dependence as stated in the 2004-2010 Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP).

Engr. Leon A. Dacanay, Jr., Regional Director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), region 10, said the project is also included in the 2007-2014 Philippine Energy Plan (PEP) of the Dept. of Energy (DOE).

Supportive of the Renewable Energy Act and the Mini-HEP Incentive Act, the 6MW Limbatangon HEP is expected to help the growing demand for electricity in Mindanao, Dacanay, who is also the Vice-Chairperson of RDC-X, said.

A run-of-river scheme HEP plant, the project will be implemented in two (2) years by the Turbines Resources and Development Corp. (TRDC), a private-owned corporation with head office in Cagayan de Oro City.

It will require an estimated total investment of Php1.314B and will be built at the left bank of the Cagayan de Oro River and approximately runs 142 meters downstream from the confluence of the Cagayan and Bubunawan Rivers.

Dacanay said the project aims to develop potential renewable energy source to augment existing power supply in Cagayan de Oro City and to generate income and employment for the people in the barangay and the concerned local government units.

Also endorsed by the Cagayan de Oro City Council in 2005, through the TRDC, represented by Fr. Emeterio J. Barcelon, SJ, project already got its Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) issued by the Environmental Management Bureau of the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in June, this year, Dacanay added. (PIA-10)

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