Level of engagement
Partner in Community-Based Renewable Energy System (CBRES) project implementation
Coordination and partnership in CBRES project implementation
Municipal LGUs in the provinces of Abra, Kalinga, and Apayao partnered with SIBAT in building, establishing and maintaining CBRES micro hydropower projects (MHPs).
In these select rural areas in the Cordillera region, SIBAT’s CBRES MHPs provide power and energy for several years. Several LGUs also recognized SIBAT’s invaluable contribution and expertise in this aspect—as MHPs provide electricity not just to households, but also for crucial infrastructure such as schools and barangay facilities.
Lastly, MHPs provide energy for local production, such as rice and corn mills, sugar cane processing, and community-managed social enterprises.
As of 2019, the NTF-ELCAC’s redtagging did not spare SIBAT. ELCAC pressured LGUs to declare SIBAT as “persona non grata” and demanded that SIBAT should secure “clearance” from AFP or ELCAC in order to operate in areas. It has been causing security and health risks to staff in the field. It further delayed project implementation, exacerbating pandemic-era mobility restrictions.
SIBAT asserted and challenged the LGUs and communities to stand with SIBAT. We held meetings with all the LGUs concerned. In Abra province, SIBAT was invited by the Governor of Abra to meet with the Provincial Peace and Order Council, the Provincial Development Council and provincial counterparts of the ELCAC. In the end, the provincial government recognized SIBAT’s invaluable contributions in MHPs in several areas. They still required SIBAT to submit all its papers for accreditation, if only to pacify the pressures of the ELCAC. It also ensured to closely coordinate with every LGU, tap and mobilize their resources in providing local counterparts for the CBRES projects.
PhilGeps, the national procurement system
Bids in government projects
Department of Science and Technology
Partnership in conducting feasibility studies for MHPs.
Department of Energy
Partnership in CBRES project implementation