Hedcor Benguet prepares for shutdown of power plants


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Hedcor Incorporated is preparing for closure of its three power plants in Barangay Bineng, La Trinidad should talks with landowners fail.

Hedcor Senior vice president for Operations Chris Faelnar said worst case scenarios are being reviewed if talks with the Catalino clan collapse.

The Catalino family owns the 90-square meters (sqm.) land in Bineng village where Hedcor's power plants are situated.

“It is unfortunate that we are facing the possible closure of the Bineng 1, 2 and 2b plants. We have requested more time from the landowner to talk to our stakeholders to explain the impact of the shutdown,” Faelnar said. “In case Hedcor and the landowner will not reach into an agreement, we are left with no choice but to shut down the plants.”

“We have met with the landowner’s family on several occasions and exhausted all our means to meet on mutually beneficial ground,” Faelnar added.

La Trinidad Councilor Marcelo Abela is converging elders in an effort to convince the Catalino clan to agree to a compromise and allow Hedcor to continue its lease contract in Bineng.

Hedcor's talk with the Catalino clan failed to reach agreements on pricing, with the family asking for P100 per sqm. for land rental against Hedcor’s current standard rate at P4.50 per sqm.

The Catalinos have leased their land to Hedcor for years, but has decided to discontinue with agreements if rental does not increase.
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