Province of Batangas: Ensuring local communities benefit from hosting energy projects

Province of Batangas: Ensuring local communities benefit from hosting energy projects

PPEI Admin •

Province of Batangas is a host to four power generation plants, two petrochemical plants, as well as numerous industries operating at the province's industrial parks. Currently the four power generation plants in the province namely, DMCI Coal-Fired Power Plant (4%) in Calaca, Sta. Rita/San Lorenzo Power Plant (22%), Ilijan Power Plant in Batangas City (20%), and Makban Geothermal Plant in Sto. Tomas (4%), supply approximately 50% of Luzon Grid requirement. SUCCESS STORIES AND LESSONS LEARNED ON THE USE OF ENERGY RESOURCES AND REVENUES FOR POVERTY REDUCTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN THE PROVINCE OF BATANGAS Benefits derived from the Development and Livelihood Funds used in Infrastructure Projects: Concreting of Roads (Taysan- Lobo Road at Lobo, Batangas and Balete-Tanauan Road at Balete, Batangas) - Better roadways create easier access for farmers and farm products to different trading places, making them available to consumers at lower price, and facilitating the rapid turnover of products to the much needed cash. Rehabilitation/Improvement of Roads (Ibaan-San Jose Provincial Road (Ibaan Section), Ibaan, Batangas and at Brgys. San Juan and Papaya, Tingloy, Batangas - an island municipality) - Improved roadway conditions through road widening and better roadway quality through concreting not only reduce travel time but also reduce traffic inconvenience among motorists and passengers. Improved accessibility for residents from rural areas has also marked significant rural development. Rehabilitation/Improvement of Drainage (covered canal), and Construction of Slope Protection at Brgy. Rizal, Tuy, Batangas - Improved drainage system assures protection from flooding coupled with the slope protection that prevents potential landslide. Construction of Palanca Bridge at Brgy. Palanca, San Jose, Batangas - Easy access and roadway linkages through bridges create better mobility and lesser travel time thereby saving on fuel, motorist time, and reducing air pollution as well. Rehabilitation/Improvement of Box Culvert at Brgy. Zone 2, Taal, Batangas - Improved flood protection creates better living environment to residents and reduce calamity risks brought about by flooding. Benefits derived from the Reforestation, Watershed Management, Health &/or Environmental Enhancement Fund used in Equipment and Infrastructure Projects: Purchase of Ambulance (9 Units Brand New Ambulance and 1 Unit Refurbished 911 Ambulance) - Availability of ambulances on different district hospitals made a significant difference on the lives of needy patients who could hardly afford hospitalization expenses and paid services. Purchase of 11 Units of Heavy Equipment (2 Units Boom Trucks, 2 Units Bulldozers, 5 Units Dump Trucks, 1 Unit Crawler Backhoe and 1 Unit Man-lift Truck) - The demand for the use of heavy equipment by different municipalities of the Province of Batangas during times of calamity and on the implementation of development projects has been addressed increasingly through a scheduled time-sharing utilization process. Construction of Sewerage Treatment Plant at Two District Hospitals (Don Manuel Lopez Memorial District Hospital, Balayan, Batangas and San Juan District Hospital, San Juan, Batangas) - Health and sanitation through the use of modern technology to aid our environmental enhancement program benefits not only the present populace but the future generation as well. Purchase of Generator Sets (Brand New) for various District Hospitals (2 Units 500kVA and 6 Units 350 kVA) - Provision of uninterrupted power supply through generators equipped with automatic transfer switch to various district hospitals that experience frequent and long power interruptions made it possible to deliver improved hospital services to our constituents. (Provincial Engineer Nerio L. Ronquillo of Batangas shared how they have maximized the benefits that they receive from Energy Regulation 1-94 funds to finance several infrastructure projects that have direct link to poverty reduction and environmental protection during the NG-LG Joint Energy Forum held last 6 September 2013 at Heritage Hotel, Pasay City).