Philippines Department of Energy to study geothermal potential on three sites in Benguet Province

Buguias, Benguet, Philippines (source: flickr/ Leocadio Sebastian, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 25 Jun 2018

The Philippines Department of Energy has announced it will conduct a study on the geothermal potential in three communities in the region of Buguias in Benguet Province.

As reported this morning, the Philippines’ Department of Energy is set to conduct a study on the geothermal energy potential  in  three communities in the region of Buguias in Benguet Province.

The Buguias–Tinoc and Tuba-Pugo geothermal fields are DOE’s study projects along with Mt. Malindang in Misamis Occidental; Mt. Sembrano in Rizal; Mati – Lupon Tarragona and Coron, Palawan geothermal fields.

In line with the government renewable energy development project, DOE conducted an IEC (Information, Education and Communication) campaign for the Cordillera community stakeholders that included representatives from Pugo, La Union before the weekend.

DOE Renewable Energy Management Bureau Assistant Director Marissa Cerezo explained that said project is  part  of  the Energy Department’s effort to ensure an efficient and ample supply of energy for the country not only for the present demand but to ensure a convenient life for the next generations to come, given that energy/electricity is major component in people’s everyday living.

Cerezo assured that such DOE study, which is a fully government initiated project, will not harm the environment or encroach on indigenous people’s culture or practices. She  appealed  for the collective support of local government units and local communities for such endeavor.

DOE – REMB Geothermal Energy Management Division Chief Engr. Ariel Fronda  said the geothermal energy potential study they will be conducting will only include a geological and geochemical survey.  This means  that  they will only be collecting rock, soil and water sample for laboratory testing and when results warrant a geophysical testing, they will again meet and talk with local stakeholders for such purpose.

He  disclosed  that aside from confirming if their area is a possible geothermal energy resource , the study will also provide information on how the localities and stakeholders can better manage the presence of geothermal resources, as well as on the possible threat it may bring, if there may be.

During the forum, DOE  provided presentations on the basics of geothermal energy as well as the DOE Geothermal Resource Inventory and Assessment program for the current six geothermal sites.

Source: Philippines Information Agency