BULUAN, Maguindanao: After decades of power woes in the Muslim region, the province of Maguindanao unveiled the first Moro-built power plant in the country that will stabilize electricity supply in this town.
The 4.5-megawatt bio-mass power plant built by the Mangudadatus was aimed to beef up the supply not only in their hometown Buluan but also in the entire province.
Maguindanao only had on 2.6 MW in the past years.
The new facility underwent testing and initial operation the past weeks using bio-mass materials gathered from oil palm farms in Maguindanao, according to former Buluan town mayor Ibrahim Mangudadatu.
Empty bunches of palm trees are among biodegradable materials that are being used for the bio-mass power plant.
Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur are among the provinces in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) that are constantly affected by power supply fluctuations
The province hosts the second-largest lake in the country that produces 60 percent of power to the Mindanao grid through the seven Agus hydroelectric energy plants.
Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu said President Rodrigo Duterte will visit the ARMM for the opening of the bio-mass power plant on Friday.
Mangudadatu added that Duterte wants to see for himself the operational and structural features of the power plant before he delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 25.
“Simple but meaningful activities for the President’s visit” are being prepared for what is considered a historic event for the people of Maguindanao, according to the governor.