KABAYAN, Benguet – The Benguet Electric Cooperative(Beneco) is proposing for construction of a mini hydro power plant tapping the rich water resources of this town located along the Agno River as a source of clean energy for the community.
In a special kapihan forum held at the Poblacion here on August 13, BENECO officials presented the proposed 10 Mega Watt and 20 Mega Watt Nalatang / Agno Mini Hydro Generation Plant project to Kabayan local officials, community and other stakeholders, as well as the benefits that may be derived from said project..
BENECO Power Generation Manager, Engr. Ricardo Pallogan, explained that the Nalatang / Agno Mini hydro Generation Plant proposed to be built along the Nalatang River or the Agno River is seen to generate at least 30 megawatt of power. The 10MW minihdyro project will be located in Barangay Pacso while the 20MW Anchokey minihydro project will affect Kabayan Barrio for the weir, Anchokey for the penstock and Adaoay for the power plant.
Beneco officials also presented what they could offer the community of close to 3,000 resident members of the electric company.
Aside from the mandatory benefits including the real property tax, business tax, water management fees, national wealth tax, corporate social responsibility for the municipality and the barangays in Kabayan, the LGUs will also get additional benefits based on power generated.
Other benefits cited include business tax of 1% of gross receipt will be remitted to Kabayan LGU, employment opportunities and many CSR activities./JDP/RMC- PIA CAR