PH gets Jica grants for 2 hydro power projects


The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has provided the Philippine government grants for the construction of two mini hydropower facilities in Ifugao and Isabela.

In a statement, Jica said it had signed the grant agreements with the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda), to cover two power projects that were expected to help boost renewable energy development in the Philippines.

According to Jica, the proposed run-off river mini hydropower plant in Ifugao is expected to generate about 800 kilowatts, which will help serve about a third of the 2.4-megawatt power demand in the province.

Proceeds from the electricity sales will be used to boost the Rice Terraces Conservation Fund, a trust fund for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the Ifugao Rice Terraces. A Jica Overseas Cooperation Volunteer would be dispatched to help manage the Rice Terraces Conservation Fund.

In the meantime, the mini hydropower project in Isabela will showcase the viability of harnessing hydropower from low-head irrigation canals, which are common throughout the country. Multiple units of 22.5-kW turbines would be utilized.

Based on an earlier report, the Isabela project might have a total capacity of about 150 kW.

Takahiro Sasaki, chief representative of the Jica Philippine Office, expressed his appreciation to the Department of Energy, the National Irrigation Administration and the provincial governments of Ifugao and Isabela for working with Jica experts in the preparatory studies for both project sites.

He also expressed his confidence that all cooperating agencies would continue to work for the project and would keep the facilities in tip-top shape once these become operational.

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  • desi derata

    I wish that one day, the governor and congressmen from Bulacan will submit a proposal for the construction of a hydroelectric dam in San Idefonso, Bulacan (between Malipampang and Matimbubong).

    It should be series of cascading mini-dams from the run-off collecting tributaries that will feed the main hydroelectric plant. It is an oxymoron to allow water to flow into the Candaba Swamp and then to Pampanga River and during summer, no water to irrigate the fertile lands of the catchment area.

    It would involve earthmoving and deepening/widening of the Mag-Asawang Sapa in Malipampang. Substantial impoundment strcutures in the Upper San Ildefonso (Pinaod, Pala-pala, Gabihan, Sta. Catalinang Bata and Sta Catalinang Matanda), Perhaps a section in Akle will also be a good water impoundment basin (near the former Luzon Cement sector).

  • randyaltarejos

    This is something that local government units must take heed. Most of our local government officials are always dependent on the taxpayers’ money whenever they thought of launching projects for public interests. But not all the LGUs have the money to finance these projects. If ever there are, some of the funds are being diverted for other purposes. If I were the mayor of any locality, especially the one that is cash-strapped, what I will do is to steer my mind to the JICA. I couldn’t imagine that lots of surplus or used equipment are now available for the taking from the Japanese government, after the tsunami hit Japan. It’s only a matter of how these local officials do their research and wild imagination. If I’m not mistaken, many of those far-flung areas, especially those separated by the seas, are in need of medical equipment for their clinics and hospitals. If these local officials are really serious in helping their constituents, this is what they are going to do. They can always seek technical assistance from JICA. Mag isip naman sana kayong lahat. Hindi yung puro na lang asa sa kaban ng bayan.

    • taga_labas

      Your suggestions make too much sense. Mayor Por Siento is far too busy managing his ghost construction company doing “papogi projects” for the town. Besides, the cold reality is that JICA won’t do projects unless there is a chance of hitting a “mother lode”. I remember them constructing a hydroelectric plant and dams to slow down corrosion but mining instead. In short, the hydroelectric washed out the next rainy season. And the dam? It still there serving no purpose other than graffiti magnet. Be weary of the real intent of JICA, este treasure hunters pala

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