In the Republic of Philippines, the electrification rate currently stands at around 70%. There are still some villages with no electricity which are mostly scattered in mountainous areas or on remote islands. The electrification of those remote areas by extending the power grid is extremely difficult.
Rural electrification has been one of the priority policies of the Philippine government as a mean of improving the standard of living in remote agricultural villages and to reduce poverty by generating income sources, targeting “100% electrification of villages by 2008” and “90% electrification of households by 2017”.
Northern Luzon, which contains the project sites, is located in precipitous mountain range and sparsely populated regions where more than 500 villages or 60,000 households that does not have electricity. The Department of Energy has been tackling electrification by employing micro hydro energy since 1999 in the Northern Luzon area which is rich in water resources.
As a result of assessment for the proposed sites, 5 out of 14 sites were selected as construction sites of micro hydropower generation.
The Project is to procure the equipment and construct the mini-hydro facilities in five sites, namely Maling-1, Maling-2, Maluksad, Cambulo, Liwo-2, that includes:
- Detailed Design
- Tender Assistance
- Construction Supervision