Socio-Environmental Resilience in the Philippines

Don’t miss out on the new episode of “StreamSide Chats” – the video-podcast of our partner network HPNET! They just published the fourth edition of the series, which brings grassroots innovators and international experts of small-scale hydropower together, providing first hand insights about its wide-reaching implications for community empowerment.

This edition focuses on social and environmental aspects of community hydro from the perspective of Indigenous communities. It takes a deep-dive into the Kalinga Province in the Philippines, where dozens of micro-hydro projects managed by Indigenous communities have been providing electricity for thousands of households for nearly 20 years. Dipti Vaghela and Lara Powell from the Hydro Empowerment Network are joined by Jade Angngalo, Coordinator of the Renewable Energy Program at SIBAT, who has worked with micro hydro communities for eleven years. In the first part of the podcast, she shares her first experiences with micro-hydro when she was still in school and how that interest stuck with her throughout her later studies and resulted in becoming a micro-hydro professional herself. Jade also gives insights into how the implementation of productive end use of energy in the micro-hydro projects is a crucial component for SIBAT to ensure their sustainability.

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In the second part of the podcast Jade takes us along to visit the Balbalasang micro hydro project of SIBAT that is run by the Banao tribe of the Kalinga indigenious people for nearly 19 years now. The project supplies energy for productive end uses like the operation of carpentry workshops, primary and high schools, as well as for household appliances. Come along to have a look at the project yourself that lies at the intersections of community hydro, indigenous communities, environmental stewardship and climate adaptation and hear directly from the practitioners. Visit HPNET’s Blog for more info!

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