Together with the Department of Energy (DOE), Luzon Hydro turned over a new barangay hall and an irrigation system to Alilem Mayor Mar Ruel Sumabat. The barangay hall is partially funded by the local government. The irrigation system serves about 1,000 residents who are mainly engaged in agriculture. “It is not only the coming of the project but the very impact of the project to our barangay, we believe that these kinds of projects serve and uplift the lifestyle of our people,” Mayor Sumabat said.
Under the law, host communities get a share of one centavo for every kilowatt-hour produced by power generating plants. Host communities propose projects and DOE releases the fund once approved. Luzon Hydro and its sister company Hedcor sponsor orientation for local government units and assist them from drafting a project proposal until the releasing of funds. To date, Luzon Hydro host communities implemented six projects amounting to P5.6 million.