Barangays Maducayan and Saliok of Natonin, Mt Province are home to 135 households (total population- 563) of the Maducayan tribe. SIBAT will facilitate the installation of a 20 kW microhydro power project that will provide the village with clean and affordable energy for household lighting, small appliances and rice milling. The tailrace water of the microhydro project will also be used to provide irrigation water supply to aid in crop production.
At present inhabitants rely on outdated and unhealthy sources of power that do not provide any potential for sustainable growth and community development.The communities remain isolated without computers or radios to provide links to wider areas.This means that there are few opportunities within the communities and large numbers of younger people are leaving to find work elsewhere.The communities also suffer from respiratory illnesses due to the use of Kerosine as source of fuel for lighting.
The Micro-Hydro project aims to address these problems through the installation of a 20 kW hydro electric turbine. This will provide the community with opportunities by: -Providing a free and healthy source of electricity. -Powering an existing rice mill. -Helping to address crop production by providing additional irrigation water. -Enhancing connections between the communities and the wider area. -Providing the potential to create a tourist destination to create jobs within the area
The project will provide microhydro and watershed management trainings to Maducayan local villagers that will enable them to manage and sustain the project including looking after the watershed, as an important long term sustainability mechanism.