Hataman pushes solar energy project in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 March 2012 13:26

Amid the problem of power shortage in Mindanao, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) OIC Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman is expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a Korean investor who expressed willingness to put up a renewable source of energy (solar energy) in Basilan that can produce at least 10 megawatts.

If realized, the 10 megawatt-source is enough to augment the present power load that Baselco (Basilan Electric Cooperative) is getting from its standby power barges.

During his recent visit in Lamitan City, Basilan, the newly installed ARMM regional governor happily announced that initially, he already discussed the matter with the Korean investor with the agreement that at least 20 to 40 hectares of land will be provided for the possible installation of the facilities for the solar energy.

“We are going to finalize the deal with them (Korean Investors) on Saturday (tomorrow) by signing the MOU. I have also discussed with the different government units of Basilan for the searching of the 20 to 40 hectares of land as our counterpart,” Hataman said during the turnover ceremony of the newly constructed Lamitan Port Terminal passenger the other day.

Just like other provinces and towns in Mindanao, Basilan is and has been suffering from brownouts due to shortage of power supply.

The power barges cannot meet the growing demand for electricity in the island province forcing Baselco to impose daily blackout schedules.

After signing the MOU, Hataman said, he has scheduled a meeting with  the Korean investors to be attended by the different LGU officials in Basilan and officials of Baselco.

“This is really my priority for Basilan. I was born here and I want to see my birthplace growing while I am still in office. The entry of this renewable form of energy would for sure alleviate the lives of the Basilenos and will improve the province’s economic status,” Hataman said.

Mayor Roderick Furigay of Lamitan City is among the chief executives in Basilan province who strongly support Gov. Hataman’s endeavor.

In a separate interview, Furigay said he is going to assist Hataman in searching for the strategic place where the facilities to be used in generating power from solar system will be set up.

“It is indeed a very laudable move from the regional governor. It is about time for us leaders in the province to put our acts together in fastracking the putting up of this renewable form of energy,” last-term mayor of Lamitan disclosed. — Jimmy Villaflores