DENR issues ECC for 68.8 MW Manolo Fortich Hydro Project-A A +A
Monday, April 14, 2014
PROVINCE OF BUKIDNON -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region X has granted an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) to Hedcor Bukidnon, Inc.’s proposed hydropower facility in the province.
The 68.8MW Manolo Fortich Hydropower Project of the renewable power generating company gained its compliance after satisfying the requirements and after substantive review of the project by the Environment Management Bureau (EMB), an agency attached to DENR.
“This progress brings us closer to the implementation of our green field project. Through renewable power generation, we support the government’s quest of securing energy supply in the country while keeping in mind the environment,” said Gregorio Jabonillo the vice president for business development of Hedcor.
The granting of ECC translates that Hedcor have fully complied with the requirements under Environmental Impact Assessment and commits to implement a detailed Environmental Management Plan (EMP) tailor fitted to the host communities.
The ECC is a prerequisite for the construction of the hydropower plant.
The proposed 68.8MW Manolo Fortich hydropower project will use run-of-river scheme uniform with the 21 hydropower plants of Hedcor in the areas of Benguet, Ilocos Sur, Davao City and Davao del Sur. Five of the hydropower plants are registered as Clean Development Mechanism by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The project will be located in Barangays Guilang-guilang, Santiago, Maluko and Dalirig of Manolo Fortich and Barangay Guihean of Impasug-ong, all in the province of Bukidnon. When completed, the project is expected to provide 360 Gwh of clean and renewable energy to the Mindanao Grid.
Consistent with its mission of developing and operating efficient hydropower plants, Hedcor is steadfast in attaining its vision of generating 2Billion kWh of ‘Cleanergy’ by 2020.
Recently, Hedcor was recognized by the DENR as one of the top 10 most environmental friendly company in the country. Multiple Seal of Approval were given to Hedcor for its unwavering environmental practices that goes beyond what is mandated by law.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 15, 2014.