Power Supply in Bohol, Philippines

Second district’s development blueprint, now in the offing, and the barangay masterplan, focus on self-sufficiency in supply of power, water and food.

Rep. Erico Aumentado aims to equip the second district with enough facilities that will ease power supply shortage seen in the next 10 years.

Moreover, the foreseen development in Bohol would hike the demand for more electricity supply, aside from the fact that there were still many sub-villages in the province that have no power supply yet.

One of the solutions that Aumentado proposed is the Bohol NorthEast Basin Multi-Purpose Dam eyed in barangay Concepcion, Danao, which can produce 10-megawatt hydro-power supply and irrigate about 19,000 hectares of ricelands–1,353.95 hectares in Danao, 3,520.92 hectares in San Miguel, 5,945.59 hectares in Trinidad, 1,770.50 hectares in Dagohoy, 1,896.12 hectares in Bien Unido, and 4,530.20 hectares in Ubay.

Downstream of the dam, an Ayala-led firm and Sta. Clara Corp. started another project that can produce 7.2-8.2 megawatts of power.

Aumentado said he would further discuss irrigation and hydro-power projects on Jan. 24 in a meeting in Manila with Energy Sec. Jose Rene Almendras and NIA Administrator Tony Nangel, the country representative of KOICA, National Economic and Development authority (NEDA) Deputy Director General Rolando Tungpalan and representatives of Sun West Corp.

Irrigation and hydro-power projects would be significant in the development plan that would be drafted by the barangays with the help of NEDA, Department of Energy Regional Director Antonio Labios, PPA Manager Manuel Boholano, Agricultural Promotions Center Manager Eugene Cahiles, and local officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), PENRO Nestor Canda and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA). – by Angeline Valencia

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