BAUKO, Mountain Province – The management of the Aboitiz-owned Hydroelectric Development Corporation (HEDCOR) Sabangan, Inc. denounced the bombing of the control room of its 14-megawatt hydro power plant by still unidentified armed men that resulted to the total damage of some 90 percent of the units of equipment in its tapping point.
HEDCOR Sabangan management stated nobody was hurt during the incident which happened at around11 pm Tuesday.
We denounce this attack that resulted to in the curtailment of power supply and the hampering the development in the province. We continue to closely coordinate with the local governments of Bauko, Sabangan and Mountain Province on our next steps to recover from this unfortunate incident,” the HEDCO statement stressed.
HEDCOR assured its continuous cooperation to Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, who are investigating the incident and have enhanced security on site.
Amids the huge damage inflicted by the bombing incident to the units of equipment in the company’s tapping point, HEDCO stated the company has activated its Business Continuity Plan to restore the Sabangan Hydro operation within the soonest possible time.
The company stated the Sabangan power plant, more than a renewable energy facility of AboitizPower and Hedcor, is a community endeavour considering that the plant contributes to the welfare of its host community through royalty shares and energy regulation (ER 1-94) shares out of the plant operations.
“We employ people from our host community, we pay local and national taxes, and our CSR activities try to uplift the lives of our neighbors,” HEDCO added in its statement released to members of the media today.
Sabangan Hydro was constructed in 2013 and started operating in 2015.