MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon, (PIA)—The pandemic that caused restrictions in mobility, limited transport of goods, and closing of markets has greatly affected livelihood of communities. As such, Hedcor—the run-of-river hydropower arm of AboitizPower, finds value in helping its partner communities recover through livelihood assistance.
In partnership with Aboitiz Foundation (AFI), Hedcor will aid in the implementation of the P450,000-worth livelihood recovery program by providing Egg Machines to four different associations in Bukidnon and Davao del Sur.
This initiative is part of “Restart: Aboitiz Foundation Recovery Program for Partner Cooperatives,” a bigger program of AFI that involves provision of in-kind donations (Re-Starter kits) and/or training to select cooperatives nationwide.
These egg machines are complete with ready-to-lay hens, as well as rearing cages with built-in feeding through a waterer. As such, it is named egg machine because it is able to produce eggs regularly within a period of 16 months.
Hedcor and AFI have also carved an add-on to said livelihood assistance by covering a month’s supply of Pilmico’s poultry feeds and necessary training to be conducted by Pilmico’s Animal Production Specialists to help recipient associations take better care of their poultry and maximize their yield. All these efforts are for the purpose of improving income through poultry and boosting small-scale poultry farming in the area.
The partner associations in Bukidnon which will be receiving such assistance include Dalirig Women’s Organization, Guihean Women’s Organization, and Lingion Power Association Rural Improvement Club. In Davao del Sur, the Tibolo Tribal Women’s Association will receive the livelihood aid.
In the signing of Memorandum of Agreement, partner cooperatives extended their gratitude for the collaboration.
“We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Hedcor and Aboitiz Foundation for granting us this livelihood project. This will greatly help our organization grow and develop. More so, this will be a source of income for our organization. Thank you so much!” Guihean Women’s Organization president Jocelyn Litohon said.
Hedcor has been in constant collaboration with associations in their partner communities since it started its hydro operations in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and Santa Cruz, Dava del Sur. These collaborations include capacity-building training on Leadership and Values Enhancement training and Business Continuity Planning.
Hedcor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower. It specializes in generating renewable energy from run-of-river hydropower systems.
Today, Hedcor manages and operates 22 hydropower plants located in Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Benguet, Davao, and Bukidnon. It continues to supply the country with 278 MW of clean and renewable energy. (Hedcor-AboitizPower/PIA Bukidnon)
THE PARTNERSHIP. Hedcor and AFI sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the Barangay Local Government Units and representatives of the associations involved. (Hedcor-AboitizPower)
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