MinDA jumpstarts renewable energy-based projects in Sultan Kudarat

Representatives from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) met with officials of the Municipality of Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat for a series of meetings from November 23 to 26.

The on-site ground coordination activity touches base, consults, and validates the project details of the “Integration of Productive Uses of Renewable Energy for Inclusive and Sustainable Energization in Mindanao or I-PURE Mindanao Project.”

The I-PURE Mindanao Project is a cooperation between the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and MinDA with a €4.5 million funding from the European Union through the EU Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (EU-ASEP).

In line with the project’s goal of bringing about improved livelihood activities and sustainable access to energy through renewable energy solutions, Kalamansig is seen as a vital agri-enterprise community being one of the top major coffee-producing municipalities in the region,  along with Lebak, Sen. Ninoy Aquino, and Bagumbayan.

Municipal Agriculturist Emmanuel Albano underscored the key role of coffee production in steering the economic dynamism of the region, attracting the heightened attention of major stakeholders, including Nestle and ACDI-VOCA technical assistance projects.

Engr. James Doldolia, MinDA Program Coordinator of the Mindanao Power Development Program eyed several deployment potentials of RE-powered solutions within the processing and value chain of the crop, including de-pulping, and drying activities.

“MinDA integrates these kinds of intervention potentials into its various programs that cut across multi-sectoral development lenses,” he added.

The central precept to the selection of the activities and sites for the proposed action is the shift from the traditional practices of deploying renewable energy technologies for stand-alone household energy applications (lighting, radio, others) to a solution that combines renewable energy solutions for livelihood activities and household energization.

“Kalamansig is also a fishing center in Western Mindanao, making it one of the most promising blue economy drivers in Mindanao,” Municipal Administrator Ma. Socorro “Boots” Lanto said. (PR)