Social Acceptability of Micro Hydropower in Laguna, Philippines

  • Karen Ann B. Jago-on
  • Mary Jaselle M. Din
  • Christine S. Bellen
  • Fernando P. Siringan
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The use of micro hydropower as a source of renewable energy can help augment electricity demand in communities. However, it is necessary to know how the community near the water source perceives the technology and its possible impacts on the community. This study seeks to determine the social acceptability of establishing a micro hydropower project in Calamba City and the Municipality of Los Baños in Laguna, Philippines. A survey was conducted among 400 households in Barangays Mabato and Canlubang in Calamba and Barangays Anos and Bambang in Los Baños to understand their awareness and knowledge on micro hydropower and their perception on possible impacts of the technology on the community. Results of the survey reveal that there is no perceived conflict on water uses as the river and creek waters are hardly used for domestic, agriculture or any other purposes. The results also emphasize three major considerations by the community in accepting the project: reduction of future electricity costs without investment cost on their part; increase economic and social benefits; and community participation. If the project can address these factors, the communities are highly likely to accept the project. The respondents also express their willingness to participate in stakeholder consultations, information campaigns and in the actual construction of the project.


Micro hydropower Social acceptability Water use Energy Laguna province 



This research is funded by the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) Project R08-Init Human Environmental Security in Asia Pacific Ring of Fire: Water-Energy-Food Nexus, in Kyoto, Japan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Ann B. Jago-on
    • 1
  • Mary Jaselle M. Din
    • 1
  • Christine S. Bellen
    • 2
  • Fernando P. Siringan
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Urban and Regional PlanningUniversity of the Philippines-DilimanQuezon CityPhilippines
  2. 2.University of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand
  3. 3.Marine Science InstituteUniversity of the Philippines-DilimanQuezon CityPhilippines

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