The 19MW Bineng Combined hydropower plant of Hedcor in La Trinidad, Benguet received the approval of the three host barangays in February. Barangay Bineng, Alno and Alapang signed separate memoranda of agreement with Hedcor reiterating their trust and support for the company.
All the barangays will be receiving shares from the hydropower plant’s operation, which increases every five years. Hedcor will also shoulder the maintenance work for the existing farm-to-market road and will open additional roads and footpaths for the benefit of the host communities.
An annual medical and dental mission and donation of medical equipment to the three barangays will also be executed. Through the MOAs, the barangays also found a partner in Hedcor to step up their community development programs.
“We are thankful for the communities’ acceptance and trust. The project is one step ahead in driving change for a betterworld which we advocate.”
-Chris Faelnar, Senior Vice President, Hedcor
On top of the benefits from the MOA, the communities will also be beneficiaries of Hedcor’s corporate social responsibility programs centered on education, enterprise development and environment.
Bineng Combined is a renewable energy facility that will harness energy from the Balili River. It is expected to start construction after all permits are secured. In January, the Indegenous People domain represented by the La Trinidad Indigenous People Organization inked a MOA with Hedcor in favor of the project.
“We are positive that the construction will spur economic activities in our community.”
-Pendon Thompson, IP Leader