Bakun hydro plants receive cease and desist order from NCIP-CAR
The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples in the Cordillera Administrative Region (NCIP-CAR) issued a cease and desist order (CDO) to Hedcor’s three run-of-river hydropower plants in Bakun, Benguet on June 22, 2021.
The issuance of the CDO was due to alleged irregularities regarding the Free Prior Informed Consent-Memorandum of Agreement (FPIC-MOA) between Hedcor and the Bakun Indigenous Tribes Organization (BITO), signed on October 15, 2019.
“We believe that we have been compliant with all the requirements during the course of the FPIC application process, and have been waiting for the issuance of the Certificate Precondition (CP) since the FPIC-MOA was signed,” said Hedcor’s Vice President for Corporate Services Noreen Vicencio.
NCIP-CAR has ordered the company to cease operations of the Lower Labay Hydro, FLS Hydro, and Lon-oy Hydro five (5) days after receipt of the CDO.
Hedcor is saddened by the NCIP-CAR’s decision to shut down its Bakun operations despite all efforts to come to a dialogue with BITO and the NCIP.
“The CDO will not just affect Hedcor, but also the customers and communities we serve. At this time of a red alert situation in the Luzon grid, the continued operation of our plants is very crucial,” added Vicencio.
In spite of the issuance of the CDO, Hedcor will continue to actively reach out to the community for a dialogue or the customary “tongtongan” between the company and the Bakun IPs, with the guidance of NCIP.
The company looks forward to continuing to provide the benefits that the Bakun community is currently receiving from the generation of the plants. Non-operation of the Bakun plants, however, means that the community shares and ER 1-94 funds will neither accrue nor accumulate. ###
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