President Duterte inaugurates newly built $976-million power facility in Pagbilao

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President Duterte inaugurates newly built $976-million power facility in Pagbilao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the briefing given by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi during the inauguration of the 420-MW Pagbilao Unit 3 Power Project in Pagbilao, Quezon on May 31, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte inaugurates newly built $976-million power facility in Pagbilao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the ceremonial switch-on of the 420-MW Pagbilao Unit 3 Power Project during its inauguration in Pagbilao, Quezon on May 31, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte inaugurates newly built $976-million power facility in Pagbilao

The 420-MW Pagbilao Unit Power Project is expected to stabilize the energy supply in Luzon after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led its inauguration in Pagbilao, Quezon on May 31, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte inaugurates newly built $976-million power facility in Pagbilao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the 420-MW Pagbilao Unit 3 Power Project in Pagbilao, Quezon on May 31, 2018, acknowledges the contribution of Aboitiz Power Corp. in ensuring energy sustainability that could support the electric demands of the country. Also in the photo are Jera Co. Inc. Chief Power Development Officer Toshiro Kudama, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President and Aboitiz Equity Adventures Chief Operating Officer Sabin Aboitiz. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte inaugurates newly built $976-million power facility in Pagbilao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the ceremonial switch-on of the 420-MW Pagbilao Unit 3 Power Project during its inauguration in Pagbilao, Quezon on May 31, 2018. Joining the President are Jera Co. Inc. Chief Power Development Officer Toshiro Kudama, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Aboitiz Equity Adventures Chief Operating Officer Sabin Aboitiz and Marubeni Corp. Senior Executive Officer for Power Projects and Plant Group Yasuo Hirotha. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte inaugurates newly built $976-million power facility in Pagbilao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the ceremonial switch-on of the 420-MW Pagbilao Unit 3 Power Project during its inauguration in Pagbilao, Quezon on May 31, 2018. Joining the President are Jera Co. Inc. Chief Power Development Officer Toshiro Kudama, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Aboitiz Equity Adventures Chief Operating Officer Sabin Aboitiz and Marubeni Corp. Senior Executive Officer for Power Projects and Plant Group Yasuo Hirotha. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte inaugurates newly built $976-million power facility in Pagbilao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the inauguration of the 420-MW Pagbilao Unit 3 Power Project in Pagbilao, Quezon on May 31, 2018. Joining the President on stage are Jera Co. Inc. Chief Power Development Officer Toshiro Kudama, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Aboitiz Equity Adventures Chief Operating Officer Sabin Aboitiz and Marubeni Corp. Senior Executive Officer for Power Projects and Plant Group Yasuo Hirotha. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte inaugurates newly built $976-million power facility in Pagbilao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Aboitiz Equity Adventures Chief Operating Officer Sabin Aboitiz witness the program proper during the inauguration of the 420-MW Pagbilao Unit 3 Power Project in Pagbilao, Quezon on May 31, 2018. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte inaugurates newly built $976-million power facility in Pagbilao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the 420-MW Pagbilao Unit 3 Power Project in Pagbilao, Quezon on May 31, 2018, urges power companies to make innovations in finding reliable, inexpensive and clean ways to produce energy. Also in the photo are Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Jera Co. Inc. Chief Power Development Officer Toshiro Kudama, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Aboitiz Equity Adventures Chief Operating Officer Sabin Aboitiz and Marubeni Corp. Senior Executive Officer for Power Projects and Plant Group Yasuo Hirotha. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte inaugurates newly built $976-million power facility in Pagbilao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the 420-MW Pagbilao Unit 3 Power Project in Pagbilao, Quezon on May 31, 2018, acknowledges the contribution of Aboitiz Power Corp. in ensuring energy sustainability that could support the electric demands of the country. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PAGBILAO, Quezon — President Rodrigo Duterte led the inauguration Thursday of the newly completed 420-megawatt Pagbilao Unit 3 project coal-fired power plant here that is expected to stabilize energy supply in Luzon as well as boost the economy.

In his speech, President Duterte expressed his gratitude to the Department of Energy and Aboitiz Power Corp. for working together to make the Pagbilao energy venture possible.

“This event reaffirms not only the government’s commitment to empower our citizens into proactive agents of social transformation, but also the private sector’s crucial role in augmenting our local industries,” Duterte said.

“Without doubt, this joint venture between Aboitiz and [TeaM] Energy has ensured energy sustainability that will allow us to support the electric demands of the country. Your multiple investments across the archipelago surely bolsters our efforts in advancing the country’s development,” he added.

The opening of the Pagbilao Unit 3 plant is expected to provide employment and business opportunities to the residents of Quezon.

Duterte stressed that the distribution of reliable and affordable electricity would complement government programs paving the way to national development.

He encouraged private energy producers to find viable solutions that will deliver reliable and inexpensive electricity to homes and industries.

He likewise hoped that private firms will introduce other technological advancements to produce clean energy.

“This administration has been clear about safeguarding our environment [for] future generations. We intend to have more compliant companies and power plants that prevent damage and reduce emission from harmful effects in the years to come,” he said.

The $976-million project is a joint venture between TPEC Holdings Corp. And Therma Power Inc., which are wholly owned subsidiaries of TeaM Energy Corp. (TEC) and Aboitiz Power, respectively.

Located near the Pagbilao Units 1 and 2, the construction works for the Pagbilao Unit 3 started in December 2014. The Pagbilao Units 1 and 2 have a total generating capacity of 735 megawatts.

The Pagbilao Energy Corp. signed an agreement to finance the construction the Pagbilao Unit 3, securing a total of P33 billion debt financing from various lenders.

Among its joint arrangers were BDO Capital and Invetsment Corp., BPI Capital Corp., and First Metro Investment Corp. SB Capital Investment Corp. served as co-lender arranger while PNB Capital Investment Corp. and China Banking Corp. served as co-arrangers. The Philippine Savings Bank is also a project creditor.

Aside from securing steady supply of electricity to the Luzon grid, the Pagbilao Unit 3 project is also expected to generate multi-billion peso in taxes both for the local and national governments.

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