The ongoing construction of the 68.8-MW Manolo Fortich Hydropower Project of Hedcor in Bukidnon Province reached on 16 October 3.7 million man-hours with no time lost on incidents resulting in injuries on personnel.
Hedcor’s president and COO Rene Ronquillo said, “A safe working environment can only be achieved if there is a collective effort from our team. And, this is now the result. Our team has shown a strong regard to our commitments to health, environment, and safety.”
AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor considers the development as a major achievement, considering that the project site covers 74 hectares and involves a workforce of about 2,000.
Ronquillo said the project is now 63-percent complete.
The first of the two cascading run-of-river hydropower plants is contracted to JV Angeles Construction while work for the second power plant is conducted by Sta Clara International Corporation.
Hedcor commenced the construction in May 2015. The hydropower generation facility is expected to be commissioned by the third quarter of 2017.
The 68.8-MW Manolo Fortich Hydropower Project in Bukidnon will provide additional clean and renewable energy to the Mindanao grid. Recently, Mindanao cooperatives like Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperatives 1 and 2, Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative, Misamis Occidental I Electric Cooperative and Siargao Electric Cooperative signed renewable energy supply agreements with Hedcor.
Hedcor is a socially and environmentally responsible company. It complies with global standards on environment protection and safety as a company that is certified under ISO 9001 for Quality Management System, ISO 14001 for Environmental Management System, ISO 27001 for Information Security Management System and OHSAS 18001 for Occupational Health and Safety.(Lloyd Revilla/HEDCOR)