Nov 18, 2014

Completion of the Madukayan Tribe Microhydro Power

This serves as final report of the completion of the Madukayan Tribe Microhydro Power in Natonin Mt. Province Northern Luzon Philppines. Last January 14, 2014 the  testing and subsequent comissioning  of the Madukayan Tribe Microhydro Power was finally conducted. This constitutes  the completion of the MHP project with an output capacity of 20 kilowatts.    

Earlier, a series of challenges that also impeded the speedy completion of the project were hurdled by community members such as civil works on the canals and forebay damaged by landslides caused by two strong typhoons hitting the site. The electro mechanical systems have to be cleaned up when silts passed through the penstocks from the damaged canals with some pebbles lodged in the turbine casing.  Opening the heavily corroded turbine casing probed difficult with one technical staff getting an accident as a splinter screw flew off and hit his right eye requiring immediate surgery.  Luckily, the procedure healed the affected eye and the tecnical staff goes back to normal work routine.

Also, the inclement weather with strong winds and extended heavy rains in the wet season of 2013 derailed hauling of construction materials such as cement and gravel from supply centers due to wet and muddy road terrains.  The farming community also caught up rice production work during those rainy months to offset losses incurred from previous year's low yield drought affected production. Hence, work on the MHP took a back seat in the 3rd quarter of 2013 and resumed full speed in the last quarter before its full completion in early January of 2014.

Transmission lines and subscription to individual houses are deferred tentatively awaiting further fund support currently being sourced out.  The MHP project got allocations only for power house construction.

Nevertheless, the system is currently powering a half a kilometer street lighthing on main thoroughfares of the barangay.  Power use isconcentrated also on a local rice mill cooperatively ran by the local community with current management temporarily handled by  the local Episcopalian Church..a communty partner of the project. 

SIBAT, the local community and the Episcopalian church are gearing up for collaborative action which would outline activities for the developement of the MHP system and its application.  This includes training of operators that would operate and maintain the MHP and the rice mill operations, development of policies for utilization including tariff collections. Side by side will be skills enhancement on project management, value formation and leadership trainings.  Agri-based livelihood applications of power is being explored such as cane pressers for sugar and fabrication of farms tools and implements.   Building the Peoples Organization is an on-going effort through  community organizing spearheaded by the local church partner noting that a united community is key to the sustainability of the project.

Currently, both the lighting and milling components  though limited applications are sufficiently benefitting the community as regards security at night and most importantly addressing a post-harvest need.

In behalf of the tribal people of Madukayan, we wish to thank all of you who have contributed to the completion of the project through Global Giving.  May you continue to be endowed as you sustain your generousity to help those who are in need particularly  energy projects such as these for remote off grid communties.  

Thank you very much!

Nov 18, 2014

Adugao and Kimbutan MHP Repairs in Norther Luzon Originally Intended for Binosawan in Southern Luzon

This serves as final report  of the completion of MHP repairs in Adugao and Kimbutan in Northern Luzon instead of the MHP rehabilitation in the island of Rapurapu in the Bicol Region Southern Luzon Philippines which was overran  by mining operations up to the present.

Way back in 2012, the Binosawan community were excited that rehabilitation work for their typhoon-damaged microhydro power could already be started.  The long dream to produce ice blocks for their fish catch would soon happen with the MHP restored back to normal. Consultations were made, workplans were laid and work committees were arranged to take on civil work activities.  The excitement was short-lived.  La Fayette mining operating in the area which was suspended for fishkills, erosions and river pollution in the tiny island  sold its franchise to another company and mining resumes operation.  Not wanting to lose again their rich fishing ground and rivers, the people of Binosawan resumed their anti-mining campaign and MHP rehab was postponed indefinitely.  With this,SIBAT opted to utilize the funds to rehabilitate other MHP's needing repairs and upgrading especially those more than 5 years in Northern Luzon.  As a result,  two MHPs in Sitio Adugao, Malibcong Abra Province and Kimbutan,Dupax del Sur Nueva Vizcaya province both in Northern Luzon Philippines  had their electro mechanical devices and civil structures fixed and upraded.   

 The alternator and generator of Adugao's 7.5 kW MHP were repaired and electricity were restored for rice milling, household and street lightings. Eighteen households of the community continue to enjoy the benefits of their rehabilitated microhydro power.

Kimbutan's previous 3 kilowat MHP system has been upgraded to 7 kws providing light to  32 households.  Power is being earmarked aside from lighting to power a planned rice mill.  

This is to thank everyone who gave the donations initially intended for Binosawan MHP but due to the peoples priority to oppose further mining operations, rehabilitation work was halted but instead redirected to other MHP projects.   SIBAT decided to use the funds to two other sites enumerated above for the repair work.  Thank you for bearing with us and our sincerest thanks for all your support and understanding in this regard.   

Apr 10, 2014

Sustainable Agriculture: 1 Step Towards Rebuilding

Orientation and Training of Sustainable Agriculture was held on February 19- March 2, 2014 in the 15 Barangays of Tolosa, Leyte as a first step towards rebuilding communities' food security and livelihood  through crop production. 

The orientation - training on Sustainable Agriculture was conducted in 4 clusters composed of 4 Barangays per cluster (Cluster 1 - Barangay  Opong, Tanghas, Telegrafo and San Roque; Cluster 2 -  Barangay Imelda, Olot, Poblacion and Doña Brigida; Cluster 3 - Barangay Capangihan, Canmogsay and Malbog; and Cluster 4 - Barangay Quilao, Burak, Cantariwis and San Vicente). 

Participants were composed of the local government officials (barangay captains, local agriculture workers, nutrition and sanitation workers and barangay health workers) and farmers. A total of 193 participants were trained from the 15 Barangays of Tolosa.

The participant’s learned about Sustainable Agriculture principles and techniques on Korean Natural Farming (KNF) formulations and Bio- Intensive Gardening and Food Always in the Home (FAITH) which they now implement in their barangay community farms and individual backyards.

This is the 1st step towards rebuilding, more way to go, more steps needed... 

There is another batch of Sustainable Agriculture training for other clusters in Leyte, Samar and Cebu. 


A brief video documentation was prepared out of this endeavor. 


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