CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The Department of Energy (DOE) on Monday announced that 10 more hydroelectric power plants would be constructed in the province of Bukidnon.
The ten other hydroelectric power plants would be located in the municipal towns of Baungon, Libona, Dancagan, Impasugong, Sumilao, Kalilangan, Malaybalay, Malitbog, Manolo Fortich, and Maramag, all located in the province of Bukidnon, the DOE said.
The DOE made the disclosure after the inaugural groundbreaking of the 10.6 megawatt Pulanai Hydroelectric Power Plant in the village of Lumbayao, Valencia City, Bukidnon Friday last week.
DOE officials said that President Rodrigo Duterte, who led the groundbreaking ceremony of the Pulanai Hydroelectric plant, has commended the proponents of the hydroelectric power plant projects.
In his speech, Duterte emphasized the use of renewable energy such as sun, water and wind to be part of the contributing factors to the country’s power requirement.
Duterte, however, insisted that coal remains the cheapest and the most viable source of power, if the country is to accelerate its industrialization process.
In the same speech, Duterte, once again, lambasted the developed countries like the United States and members of the European Union, which include the superpowers Russia and China, for emitting pollutants into the atmosphere.
Duterte has questioned anew the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and E.U. on smaller countries, like the Philippines, when the country’s carbon footprint is not that significant compared to the superpowers.
He said that the Philippines needs energy, mostly sourced from non-renewable like coal, in order for the country to grow at par with other developing countries.
“Every country in this world has progressed. Here in the Southeast Asia, we have remained the poorest,” Duterte said.
Last September, Duterte inaugurated the FDC Misamis Power Corporation’s 405-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.
The operation of the FDC Misamis’ coal-fired power plant has contributed to the stabilization of the energy supply in the Mindanao grid.
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, in its daily power outlook, has reported that Mindanao has a reserve of 666 megawatts, system capacity of 2,186 megawatts and a system peak of 1,520 megawatts, as of Friday last week.