Ifugao officials, SNAP approve hydropower agreement

BANAUE, Ifugao, Oct. 25(PIA) - - The framework agreement for the 140 MW Alimit Hydropower complex in Ifugao was approved recently by local  officials  of three  towns and SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP).

 

Municipal Mayors Gaspar Chilagan of Aguinaldo, Martin Habawel, Jr. of Lagawe  and Ronnie Lumayna of Mayoyao and  SNAP President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Yu signed the document.

The agreement sets the standards for the relationship of the stakeholders of the towns with SNAP Ifugao as well as guidelines to fortify cooperation, collaboration, and partnership in the next years.

The  power plants will be located on the lower portion of the Alimit River and the Ibulao River, two tributaries of the bigger Magat River from Nueva Vizcaya. Both power facilities are part of the Alimit Hydroelectric Power Plant Complex that SNAP had been proposing for the past several years for Ifugao province.

Approved by the Department of Energy in 2014, the entire complex has a potential total power generating output of 390 MW, once completed. This includes another power facility that could generate 250MW more of hydropower  but has been put on hold for some "market constraints."

The local leaders lauded SN Abotiz for the endeavor and hoped that both parties will benefit from it and will also promote harmonious partnership with the host municipalities and the people as a whole.

“What we are trying to build is partnership and relationship. The Alimit project was submitted to the Department of Energy to be classified as an energy project of national significance,"Yu  said.

Ifugao has abundant natural resources that when utilized wisely,   will help the community.  “If they will push through on this project, the province will profit  in employment, taxes and increase of power supply,”Governor Pedro Mayam-o said.   Affected  Ifugaos in  the Itogon landslide  who  avail  of the “Balik Probinsiya” program will be recommended to SNAP for possible employment under the project., he added. By Marcelo B. Lihgawon (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)

 

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