Tinoc changes mind; blocks hydro project-A A +A
Monday, October 7, 2013
TINOC, Ifugao folk have changed their minds over the 4.5-megawatt mini-hyrdro power project.
Residents of Barangay Eheb informed the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) of the withdrawal of support for signed memorandum of agreement (MOA) in 2012.
Eheb village Chief Lito Olsim cited major reasons on the withdrawal of support from the proposed project backed by QuadRiver Energy Corporation.
Tinoc residents is in want of more dialogues on the project as well as the content of the signed 2012 MOA, locals lamented the MOA was not clearly explained to the residents while others failed to understand its content as the entire document was written in the English language.
Another factor considered in the withdrawal were complaints that not all Indigenous Peoples of Eheb were consulted, especially those who will be directly affected with the setup of the mini hydro.
Olsim stressed village folk were not properly briefed on annual income of the proponent, including economic benefits for the area.
The community was promised to receive a P3 million during the 25-year contract with QuadRiver.
The proposed mini-hydro plant will be implemented by QuadRiver Energy Corp. which was awarded three mini-hydro projects all in Tinoc town based on the records of the Department of Energy (DOE) as of May 2013.
Quadriver Energy received an approval from the Energy Department to put up the Tinoc hydro projects in Ifugao with total capacity of 14.5 megawatts. These projects are the 3-MW Tinoc 1 hydro; 6.5-MW Tinoc 2 hydro; and 5-MW Tinoc 3 hydro.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 08, 2013.