BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Energy presented its initial findings on the geothermal potential of the Cordillera region as part of the Philippine Geothermal Resource Assessment and Inventory. The agency urged to accelerate the development of geothermal resources in CAR. The assessment report was presented during the 1st quarter Regional Development Council Infrastructure Committee meeting on February 13.

The Cordillera Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 details the region’s potential for hydroelectric power generation given its numerous watersheds and river basins. However, the geothermal power potential of the region generation has yet to be tapped in the context of sustainable development. DOE Geologist Joel Miguel also noted that it has been difficult in the past to gather interest and invest in geothermal energy in the Cordillera as most sites with potential are in hard-to-reach or previously inaccessible areas.

Former Energy Secretary and Cordilleran Rufino Bomasang lauded the region’s potential in an earlier gathering Tabuk City. He urged the creation of local Cordilleran corporate entities to partner with private investors in developing the region’s natural resources. This is similar to the Cordillera RDP strategic framework, prepared by NEDA-CAR, which urges local entities to take the lead in resource development.