OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, September 28 (PIA) — Around 20 representatives from different local government units, National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other stakeholders gather to discuss with the Department of Energy (DoE) the geothermal viability of Mt. Malindang in the province of Misamis Occidental.
Headed by DOE’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau (DoE-REMB) in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the stakeholders were informed about the possibility of putting up a Geothermal power plant in Mt. Malindang which can ease the province’s problem on power crisis.
The DoE-REMB emphasized that the government is planning to explore Mt. Milandang and assess its potential as a good power source through the agency’s Philippine Geothermal Resource Inventory and Assessment program.
“We are here to inform local stakeholders about Mt. Malindang’s potential to be a geothermal resource and for them to know the government’s plan and efforts about this,” said Mylene Capongcol, Director of DoE-REMB.
DOE-REMB hopes to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Misamis Occidental stakeholders for the agency to be allowed to conduct resource assessment and assured that everyone will be constantly informed along the way.
Meanwhile, the provincial government of Misamis Occidental welcomes DoE’s plans for the province.
“We have high electricity rates and frequent power interruptions here which affects our local economy, but we are also rich in resources. Not only a geothermal plant, we also need hydro-electric power plants in Mt. Milandang to overcome our power needs,” said Teresa Calamba, the Misamis Occidental Provincial Planning and Development officer.
The provincial government also plans to write a letter to DoE requesting research and assessment on other viable renewable power resources in Mt. Malindang.
Mt. Milandang is the highest peak in the province occupied mostly by Subanon tribe encompassing the provinces of Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte.
The DoE-REMB is set return to Misamis Occidental to present the government’s National Renewable Energy program and draft a MOA before the geothermal assessment starts. (Wilnard L. Bacelonia/PIA10)
Source: PIA Feed