Odiongan, Tablas Island, Romblon
August 21, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte asserted his administration’s commitment to fast-track the development of renewable energy sources for the whole country, which he said shall benefit not only the Filipino people but the environment as well.

During his attendance in the inauguration of the 7.5 MWp Tumingad Solar Power Project in Odiongan, Tablas Island, Romblon, President Duterte said that such project highlights the importance of having compliant power plants ‘to prevent further environmental damage and reduce emission of harmful chemicals.’

“This pursuit emphasizes how our nationwide electrification thrust is essential in the implementation of the crucial government programs and projects, especially now that we are moving fast forward with our national infrastructure development agenda,” the President explained.

He thanked the Sunwest Water and Electric Company Inc. (SUWECO), the lead proponent of the project, for being a partner of the government in introducing and providing green energy to the different parts of the country, most especially in off-grid areas.

“Ever since I assumed office, it has always been my administration’s firm policy to safeguard the environment for the well-being [of] future generations,” he added.

President Duterte also said that the solar power plant paved the way for clean and reliable energy source – a confirmation of a greener tomorrow for the Province of Romblon and the rest of the Philippines.

He also urged every Filipino to be be partners for change and demonstrate solidarity in building a more sustainable society for all.

“As we celebrate this milestone, I encourage everyone to renew your commitment in upholding our stewardship for the environment and the protection of what is best for the welfare and protection of our country,” the Chief Executive said.

Considered as the first and largest hybrid solar-diesel microgrid with battery in the Philippines, the Tumingad Solar Power Plant was developed by SUWECO in the hopes of providing clean, green, and reliable electricity in Tablas Island.

The projects costs PhP550 million and upon utilization, it is projected to save PhP180 million from the universal charge-missionary electrification subsidy per year. It is also expected to light up around 43,400 households in the whole island.

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