NIA Central Office - NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya approved the nine (9) Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to seven (7) Hydropower Developers, December 22, at NIA Conference Room.
The said MOU gave permission to the developers to conduct Feasibility Study (FS) on the development of proposed Hydropower Plants within several NIA Irrigation Systems.
As stipulated in the MOU, the said feasibility study is at no cost to NIA. It will also have an inextendible term of one year from effectivity.
Further, the memorandum does not also vest preferential or exclusive right to the developer/s to develop/implement the project upon the completion of the FS.
“Wala naman gastos dito ang NIA. Wala din naman masisirang irrigation systems natin kasi part din ng MOU natin na ang developer shall not remove, displace, destroy any improvement during the course of the study”, said NIA Administrator Visaya.
Those developers include C Squared Prime Commodities (CSPC) Corporation which is interested in putting up conventional HydroElectric Power Plant (HEPP) in Agno River Irrigation System (ARIS) in Pangasinan; the PHILCARBON, Inc. which intends to develop a 600 kW HEPP along MARIS Magat F in Cordon, Isabela; the Iraya Energy Corporation which proposes to develop a 1MW HEPP along MARIS (South) Main Canal in Ramon, Isabela.
Other developers were Matuno River Development Corporation which plans to develop and 8 MW run-of-river mini-hydro project along Matuno River in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya; the Tokyo Electric Power Services Company, LTD. (TEPSCO) which aims to develop a power plant along the Bayongan Diversion Chute in Ubay, Bohol; and the DA Green Power Consultancy which proposes to install Helios Powerball along Balingasag Canal, Daguitan RIS Canal, and Ormoc BAO RIS Canal in Misamis Oriental, Tacloban, and Leyte respectively.
The NIA chief, on some of his speaking engagements, always wanted to pursue optimizing the potential of NIA’s existing irrigation systems. He agreed to the idea of putting up eco-tourism destinations as well as hydropower plants and floating solar power to all potential irrigation sites owned and managed by the agency.
As of press time, there are 357 potential hydropower sites identified. These sites, upon development, will provide electricity to far-flung communities and will further boost the economic development of the country as a whole.