THE ongoing construction of Hedcor Inc.’s 68.8-megawatt (MW) Manolo Fortich hydropower project (HPP) in Bukidnon Province marked a safety milestone on Monday with 3.7 million man-hours with no time lost on incidents resulting in injuries to personnel.
AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor views the development as a major achievement, considering that the project site covers 74 hectares and involves a workforce of about 2,000.
“A safe working environment can only be achieved if there is a collective effort from our team. And, this is now the result. Our team has shown a strong regard to our commitments to health, environment, and safety,” Hedcor president and chief operating officer Rene Ronquillo said in a statement.
The hydropower project is now 63 percent complete, Ronquillo said.
The first of the two cascading run-of-river hydropower plants is contracted to JV Angeles Construction while work on the second power plant is being conducted by Sta Clara International Corporation.
Hedcor commenced the construction in May 2015. The hydropower generation facility is expected to be commissioned by the third quarter of 2017.
The Manolo Fortich hydropower project in Bukidnon will provide additional clean and renewable energy to the Mindanao grid. Recently, Mindanao cooperatives like Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperatives 1 and 2, Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative, Misamis Occidental I Electric Cooperative and Siargao Electric Cooperative signed renewable energy supply agreements with Hedcor.
Hedcor is a socially and environmentally responsible company. It complies with global standards on environment protection and safety as a company that is certified under ISO 9001 for Quality Management System, ISO 14001 for Environmental Management System, ISO 27001 for Information Security Management System and OHSAS 18001 for Occupational Health and Safety.
Hedcor specializes in generating renewable energy from run-of-river hydropower systems. Today, Hedcor manages and operates 22 hydropower plants and supplies the country with 185 MW of clean and renewable energy.
With more than 30 years of experience, Hedcor is the leading run-of-river developer in the Philippines. Aberon