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Hedcor’s 19MW La Trinidad Hydro is now powering households and industries with an annual capacity of 59.16GWh of Cleanergy, AboitizPower’s brand for clean and renewable energy.
“To give pride and a sense of ownership to La Trinidad which have remained very trusting to Hedcor, the hydropower facility was named as La Trinidad Hydro. The synergy and identity established by Hedcor and the community since 1991 is further strengthened,” says Peter Tindungan, Plant Manager.
La Trinidad Hydro is the 22nd run-of-river hydropower facility of Hedcor; and with its run-of river scheme, it harnesses the natural might of Balili River.
Said generation is delivered to Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).
Barangays Alapang, Alno and Bineng, with the indigenous peoples ancestral domain owners represented by the La Trinidad Indigenous People Organization (LTIPO), are in full support of the project.
The three host barangays, the LTIPO, and the municipality of La Trinidad up to the province of Benguet will be receiving shares from the hydropower plant’s operation which increases every five years. Annual and year-long community development initiatives centered on education, healthcare, and enterprise development will also be provided.
Since the onset of this partnership, many programs have already been delivered to address the needs of La Trinidad communities.
Hedcor’s educational assistance for host communities include school supplies and financial aid to elementary pupils and high school students. Teachers are provided trainings, classrooms are built and some old rooms are refurbished.
“We are thankful that through this initiative of Hedcor, students are driven more to come to school and to excel on their studies,” says Imelda Mang-osan, Principal of Benguet National High School Bineng Annex.
Jonnie Purok, Barangay Captain, cannot contain his enthusiasm on the medical equipment that include stretchers and oxygen tanks turned over to their barangay, Alno.
“Hedcor, since the beginning, has been shouldering some of the needs of our barangay. We can now monitor and address the health concerns of our constituents through these medical equipment given by Hedcor,” he said.
Hedcor further accelerates countryside development to the area through the 1.6 km farm-to-market road that traverses Sitios Pitpitay, Bito and Byugan in Barangay Bineng, and water tapping for small-scale farms irrigation will be maintained.
Hedcor is a run-of-river hydropower arm of AboitizPower. It has a total installed capacity of 277MW of clean and renewable energy.