TALAKAG - the etymology of which came from the Bisayan dialect LAKAG meaning "to go after” or
“follow in pursuit” and the prefix TA denoting “fondness in doing such”.
In other words, Talakag means “fondness in giving pursuit”.

Friday, 25 July 2008

Hydroelectric Power Plant in Talakag

In two years time, Talakag could be responsible for lower electricity prices in the region. Oh really?

This is because “the Northern Mindanao Electric Cooperatives (Normeca) is looking at the construction of a 132 megawatt Bulanog-Batang Hydroelectric Power Plant in Talakag, Bukidnon to sustain stable power supply in the region”. SunStar CDO News

Well let's look at the pros and cons:

A hydroelectric power station is clean and does not release greenhouse gases like coal or gas burning power stations. It’s also reliable and it’s easy to generate electricity. The construction project will provide employment opportunities for Talakag residents. Once the dam is built, it produces electricity cheaply.

“Once this project is realised, it would result to low electricity prices because it is stipulated in the law that we don't have to pay VAT for renewable energy”. SunStar CDO News

However, building a big dam is very expensive and can cause lots of disruption to the environment. Some local families may be displaced. The project could also have huge maintenance costs during operation.

On the one hand, there are concerns for potential flooding while on the other, “the Oro Rafters Association feared that the project’s dam operation might result in the reduction of the volume of water flowing into the Cagayan de Oro River that might adversely affect the operation of their popularly and world-class adventure activities as river rafting, kayaking, tubing, among others”. CDOkay News

Does the end justify the means? This will depend not only on the management of the project itself but also the subsequent operations of the hydroelectric power plant after its completion and its maintenance long after the construction team have gone. So watch this space!


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  3. My wife & her sister are planning to go to Talakag sometime this month. They're looking for affordable hotel to stay. Would appreciate your help in this regard.Thanks.

    1. Hi Mr Bernardo - Unfortunately, there's no hotel in Talakag. Normally, people who visit Talakag stay with friends or relatives. I don't know the nature and length of your wife's visit to Talakag. My suggestion is they find a hotel in Cagayan de Oro City (30 kms from Talakag) and then commute to Talakag by taxi (1,000 pesos or public van from Carmen Terminal 65 pesos). Travel time is only around 30 minutes on a concrete road.