Hydropower plant to be erected at Pulangi River, Bukidnon

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BUKIDNON NEWS – Could this help answer our need for more stable sources of electricity or an issue that could affect our province’s natural resources and indigenous communities? Reportedly, a multi-million dollar hydropower plant will be put up very soon at Pulangi River.

Reports say that the project is a $27-million hydropower pre-development project and is part of the $900-million proposed 350-megawatt dam power development project in Pulangi river in Bukidnon.

The pre-development of the project is almost finished. This, according to the officials of Greenergy Development Corp. (GDC), the company overseeing this Pulangi 5 hydropower plant project.

Investors in these power projects are the Zhe Jiang Corp. of China and Applied Engineering Services based in the United States. This multi million dollar hydropower, hydro-electric power plant is also a joint project of GDC and First Bukidnon Electric Service Cooperative (FIBECO).

Pulangi River in Bukidnon province is a tributary of the Rio Grande of Mindanao. It has a length of 320 kms from its source in Barangay Kalabugao, in Impasug-ong town, Bukidnon, which is the longest river in Bukidnon.

Greenergy officials say that the power plant will provide much cheaper generation cost at only P4/kwh. The affected indigenous peoples will allegedly be provided with job opportunities, agricultural and livelihood training as well as provision of free seedlings of coffee, abaca, bamboo and rubber.

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