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MANILA – At least one sitio (sub-village) in Barangay Cayabu in Tanay, Rizal would benefit from the microhydropwer project that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Calabarzon projects would be functional by 2021, an official said.

In an interview with the Philippine News Agency, DOST-Calabarzon Director Alexander Madrigal said about PHP5 million was allotted for the "Establishment, Testing, and Operation of a Community Managed Microhydropower" project in the said barangay.

"This (microhydropower) could produce 15 to 20 kilowatts of electricity, and could benefit a small sitio," he said.

Madrigal added that the DOST is currently in talks with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples because the indigenous people living in the area would be the primary beneficiary of the project.

"Detailed engineering will begin next year. We are coordinating with the LGU (local government unit) for this project," Madrigal said, adding that the establishment of the microhydropower would take about six months.

"We need to start (the establishment) during the dry season, and must not be during the rainy season," Madrigal said,

The LGU would oversee the microhydropower, according to Madrigal.

Meanwhile, he said the DOST will also be in charge of testing the turbine for this project.

The turbine will be tested at the microhydro testing center at the University of Rizal System-Morong Campus.

The center can test turbines that produce 35-45 kilowatts, he said. (PNA