Sitio Lobo and Barangay Ned, Mindanao Island

July 2010

Conservation benefit: Protection of watershed forest
Community benefit: Micro-hydro power generator

Lake Sebu is in the southern Tiruray Highlands of Mindanao Island, at an altitude of almost 1,000 feet. It is surrounded by rolling hills and forested mountains. The lake and surrounding rainforest provide habitat for several endemic bird species, as well as wild boar and Philippine deer.

The area is home to the T’boli, a highland tribe known for their colorful costumes, intricate beadwork, woven work, and brass ornaments. The Manobos, who also live in the region, inhabit the river valleys, hillsides, plateaus, and interiors. The tribes have committed to work with Barangay Ned to get an ordinance issued, declaring a 6,178-acre watershed as a no-take zone for at least 30 years.

In support of these efforts, Seacology will fund a 30-kilowatt micro-hydro power station for the community of Sito Lobo, which does not have electricity. Our partner NGO, YAMOG, will provide technical help. YAMOG coordinated another Seacology-funded micro-hydro project in the Mindanao community of Old Bulatukan, in support of watershed protection.

Project Updates
June 2012
Construction of the Lobo micro-hydropower stalled in early 2011 due to bad weather and virtually impassable roads. Since then, the Lake Sebu government has made significant progress in...
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January 2012
Unusually frequent rains throughout the year are hampering progress on delivery of materials and construction. Partner organization Yamog is revising its project completion estimate to June 2012....
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June 2011
The weir/intake, headrace canal, forebay tank, pressure pipes and powerhouse are nearly completed. Heavy rains in the early months of this year have made trips to and from the remote site...
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January 2011
Work on the micro-hydro power generator began after simple ground-breaking ceremonies September 16, 2010. The weir/intake, headrace canal, forebay tank, pressure pipes and powerhouse are being...
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