Old Bulatukan, Mindanao Island

June 2008

Micro-hydro power generator and fruit tree nursery, in support of the protection of 744 acres of watershed forest for 30 years

Sitio Malumpini of Barangay Old Bulatukan, composed of about 65 Manobo households, is one of the isolated upland communities of Mt. Apo, the tallest mountain in the Philippines at an elevation of over 10,000 feet. The whole of Mt. Apo is already a protected area by virtue of a 1936 edict, but very little enforcement has taken place. The area has some of the highest land-based biological diversity in the Philippines, and is home to many threatened and endangered plant and animal species, including the critically endangered Philippines eagle, a monkey-eating raptor.

The community relies on kerosene for lighting and fuel wood for cooking. Seacology will fund a micro-hydro power and a fruit tree nursery in support of their efforts to protect 744 acres of forest land within their ancestral domain for 30 years. The project will be administered by YAMOG, a partner organization of Green Empowerment. The fruit tree nursery, to grow highly marketable mangosteens and lanzones, will be planted on existing arable land away from the protected area. YAMOG will also provide technical assistance with the planting, growing, and marketing of the crops.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Seacology UK.
Project Updates
June 2010
As of June 2010 Ferdie reports that the micro-hydro power station is in operation 24-hours per day, but there is a down time of about 24 hours per month for inspection and servicing. The coffee...
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October 2009
As of October 2009 the nursery has been completed and, with the help of about 25 Manobo households, it now houses abaca and coffee tree seedlings that will be transferred into the watershed area.
August 2009
As of August 2009 field representative Ferdie Marcelo reports that the community is now being supplied with 10 kilowatts of electricity 24 hours a day from the micro-hydro power station. The mood...
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June 2009
As of April 2009 construction of the weir/intake, headrace canal, forebay tank, pressure pipes and power house were completed. The turbine was also finished being manufactured and is being...
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January 2009
In August 2008 field representative Ferdie Marcelo conducted a site visit to the location of the forest and future micro-hydro power generator and discussed the project with area leaders. The...
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