ILOILO CITY: The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Wednesday launched a P3.48 million reforestation project as part of the government’s National Greening Program.
The National Greening Program is a reforestation program that calls on every Filipino to plant 10 seedlings in a span of six years or during the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Louie Laud, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) technical assistant to the regional executive director, assured that DENR will monitor NGCP’s project to ensure high survival rate of the seedlings planted.
Laud said the NGCP launched the project simultaneous with the construction of the 116.3 kilometer 138KV double circuit line from the existing Sta. Barbara sub-station in Barangay Café, Iloilo to a new sub-station to be constructed in Barangay Igbonglo in San Jose, Antique.
The Southern Panay Backbone Transmission Project it will traverse the municipalities of Sta. Barbara, San Miguel, Oton, Tigbauan, Guimbal, Miag-ao, San Joaquin in Iloilo and Hamtic and San Jose in Antique.
There will also be additional power circuit breakers and accessories installed at the existing Sta. Barbara sub-station while the new sub-station will be installed with 50 MVA transformer, power circuit breakers and substation accessories.
The installation of the new 50 MVA sub-station in San Jose is needed to properly address the increasing load demand and the load voltage problem in southern Panay island. It will also improve the system’s reliability and operation flexibility of the Iloilo Electric Cooperative (Ileco 1) and Antique Electric Cooperative (Anteco) franchise areas.
The construction of the Southern Panay Backbone Transmission Project will cause cutting of trees and so in compliance to the Special Tree Cutting Permit issued by the DENR and in support to the National Greening Program, the reforestation project will replace those trees cut down.
There are 97,980 forest tree seedlings to be planted, maintained and protected in a 59-hectare site in barangays Tiolas and Sta. Rita in San Joaquin, Iloilo.
The Sinugbohan Upland Farmers Association (SUFA) will be responsible in undertaking the treeplanting and other tasks under the DENR supervision.
SUFA members will be compensated for their labor within three years period, but that they will be required to submit progress reports to the NGCP.