By Jerry Alcayde
CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro – The Department of Energy (DOE) hailed the initiative of an independent power producer for harnessing renewable energy that will provide clean, sustainable and affordable energy for Oriental Mindoro.
Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said the mini-hydroelectric power plant of Ormin Power Incorporated (OPI), the power generation subsidiary of Jolliville Holdings Corporation, which was inaugurated recently, will have a positive economic and environmental impact in the black-out prone province.
Jolly L. Ting, OPI’s chairman said the 10-megawatt power (MW) plant, the first phase of the 30-MW hydro-power plant project, derives its power from Inabasan river, located in the hinterlands of Mount Halcon. It is within the jurisdiction of San Teodoro town and is expected to contribute to the stability of the power supply of the province.
Cusi graced the simple inauguration ceremony last March 23 at the multipurpose hall of Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative Inc. (ORMECO) in Barangay Sta. Isabel, Calapan City as guest of honor together with incumbent local government officials namely Calapan City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan, San Teodoro Mayor Salvador R. Py, Congressmen Doy C. Leachon (First District) and Rey V. Umali (Second District). Present also during the ceremony was former Governor Rodolfo G. Valencia.
“The completion of the Inabasan hydroelectric power plant is a realization of the vision of harnessing renewable energy to provide clean, sustainable and affordable energy to Oriental Mindoro, to support the growth and development of the province,” said Ting.
Ting said the Inabasan project has also generated employment for the locals and Mangyan Iraya natives in the area complemented with a 7.5-kilometer access road that enhanced economic and social activities of the tribe.
OPI was established in 2009 to answer Oriental Mindoro’s power crisis in mid-2000s by establishing its first power generation project, a 9.6-megawatt bunker fuel-fed power plant in 2011.
In a statement, OPI said it was supposed to finish the hydro facility in 2016, but it suffered setbacks because of four big typhoons — Nona, Nina, Urduja and Usman, which struck Mindoro and delayed the project’s completion for three years.
Aside from OPI, Jolliville Holdings also operates Calapan Waterworks Corp., the main water supply provider of Calapan City which opened last November a 1500 cu. m. water reservoir that now supplies the 25 of the 67 barangays of the city.