Barangay wants share from Hedcor’s hydropower plant

A BARANGAY council here is asking the local government to help facilitate its share in the income from hydroelectric plants operating in Tugbok Proper.

In a letter to the city council, the barangay council of Tugbok Proper sought the assistance of the committee on energy to address their woes.

In the letter, Barangay Captain Wilfredo Anfone asked about the status of payments due to the barangay, if any, as stipulated in the implementing rules and regulations of the Renewable Energy Act of 2008, or Republic Act 9513.

According to the law, LGUs such as Tugbok Proper are entitled to a share based on the sale of electric power.

The barangay council attached a tax mapping from the City Assessor’s Office regarding plant 2, 2A and 2B, which is located in Tugbok Proper.

“I learned from previous barangay Tugbok Proper officials and treasurer that the barangay regularly receives amount deposited to barangay account up to the year 2007,” Anfone said.

He added that Hedcor operates in the part of the Talomo river, which flows along Barangay Tugbok through a man-made canal two kilometers long.

Meanwhile, Anfone said the barangays of Malagos, Mintal, and Catalunan reported they were receiving “a significant amount” as the share accorded by the company.

Hedcor operates several hydropower plants in Davao City, aside from plants 2, 2A, and 2B.

The three plants in Tugbok  have a combined capacity of 1.55 MW.

According to Hedcor’s website, Hedcor began operating and maintaining the Talomo Hydro 2 hydroelectric plant in 1972. Originally built in 1950 and commissioned under the NPC in 1959, the Talomo Hydro 2 was commissioned as one of Hedcor’s assets in January 2005.

Meanwhile, the Talomo Hydro 2A was built and commissioned in the 1950’s and commissioned under the NPC in 1957. In 2005, it was commissioned as a Hedcor asset.

The Talomo 2B plant was built in 1954 and originally commissioned in 1958 for the NPC. Although Hedcor had been operating and maintaining it since 1972, it was only in January 2005 that the plant was commissioned as a company asset, the company said.

Other plants here include a 1MW plant in Calinan and 1.92 MW plant in Catalunan Pequeno.

The item was passed on first reading during Tuesday’s regular session at the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

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