DA, DOE and Fil-French firm set to build solar plant
Two government agencies and a Filipino-French firm are set to build a solar-powered plant in North Cotabato that will address the province’s electricity problem and provide livelihood for local farmers and fisherfolk.
Officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) met last week with Paris Manila Technology Corporation (Pamatec) to discuss the construction of a solar-powered plant in the province targeted to start by the second quarter of the year.
The facility will be installed with a farm that can house greenhouses underneath that can be used to produce tomatoes for the sardines industry, according to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol who noted that the country imports millions of metric tons of tomato paste from China.
“Why don’t we just produce it here? It will generate income and livelihood. So when sardines are canned, the local industry can source their tomatoes from these farms,” the official was quoted in a news report.
If successful, the agencies will look at implementing the same project in other provinces such as Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi—islands that have insufficient power supply.