“Second is we would like to equip our knowledge on what is hydro power plant and how does it operate. Third is how many megawatts are being produced by this renewable energy hydro power plant. Most importantly, because it is embodied in our Environmental Code, we would like to know if there is a watershed management program that is being implemented by this corporation, and also we would like to know if there is also a reforestation program."
VP for Corporate Affairs Ruben Tungpalan disclosed that they will be establishing two plant nurseries with tree parks in the area.
"In this tree parks po, we will be able to produce and propagate indigenous species particularly those already endangered and also we will be propagating and planting bamboo," Tungpalan said.
Along with the Vice Governor were Board Members George Falgui, Joseph Calanao, Irish Arnado, Corazon Grafilo, Ephraim Galzote, Rheymar Dian, Dr. Jose Tranquilino Ruiz and IPMR representative Chieftain Benjamin Donato and they were joined by SHPC's Project Director Fernando Corrales and SHPC staff and employees.
The group visited three sites, namely the Tunnel 3, Head Tank and the Power House.
"We would like to extend our gratitude for the warm welcome and tour you have done for us. Our target was being accomplished and I do believe that this will not be the last time that we will be together and there will still be a series of consultation and coordination with the group," De Peralta said during the informal closing program of the tour.
The Siguil Hydro Plant is expected to begin its operations in the first quarter of 2022 to provide a source of renewable energy to key areas of Mindanao. (Cocoy Sexcion for SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)