KIANGAN, Ifugao, Mar. 25 (PIA)—Two irrigation projects are set to be implemented here to be funded out of the the Rice Terraces Conservation Fund (RTCF) from the income generated by the Ambangal Mini-Hydro Power Plant (AMPP) here.
Resolution of the Sangguniang Bayan passed recently strongly endorsed to the Project Steering Committee of the AMPP the repair of the Tatawang Community Irrigation System (CIS) in Barangay Pindongan costing P103,000.00 and the repair of the Nakahakan CIS in Barangay Nagacadan amounting to P168,000.00.
These will be funded from the un-programmed RTCF allocation for 2012 from the income earned by AMPP in 2011 totaling P3,145,855.51.
The implementation of these projects is pursuant to the agreement among the host communities consisting of barangays Pindongan, Ambabag and Mungayang with the AMPP to maintain and improve the lives of the households engaged in terraces farming in Ifugao thus contributing to the functional conservation of the Ifugao Rice Terraces which is a World Heritage Site.
The mini-hydro power plant located in the tri-boundaries of Pindongan, Ambabag and Mungayang and supplied by the water of the Ambangal River started construction in 2008 and became operational in January 25, 2010 funded by a grant from the TEPCO Company of Japan.
The AMPP was constructed to provide a pilot or show case of locally based energy development and regional vitalization, promote the development and sustainability of mini-hydro power resources and use the revenues from the sale of generated power for rice terraces conservation activities.
AMPP Plant Manager Engineer Carmelita Buyuccan said that the power plant was able to generate 700,504 kilowatt hours of electricity in 2010 and realized an income of P1771,154.31 of which P1,058,700 went to the RTCF and P676,669.00 was spent for operation and maintenance.
In 2011, it also generated a total of 1,244,208 kilowatt hours and earned a gross income of P3,145,855.51 of which the amount of P678.265.01 went to the RTCF shared in the following scheme: 5% each to the three host communities, 5% for research and development, 40% to the host municipality of Kiangan and 40% as share of other rice heritage sites consisting of the municipalities of Hungduan, Banaue and Mayoyao.(JDP/DBC/PIA CAR,Ifugao)