If we were to re-trace the history of electricity in the Philippines, there’s no doubt that you’ll come across the Agus VI Hydroelectric Power Plant in Mindanao’s Iligan City. After all, it’s one of the first electricity-generating projects commissioned by the Philippine government. 

It draws its power through the Maria Cristina Falls, which is connected to the Agus River. 

Photo from ElpidioQuirino.org

To know more about this amazing infrastructure, scroll through our list of facts below!

  • It’s been around for almost 7 decades!

The construction of the Agus VI Hydroelectric Power Plant started in the early 50s. And after three years of building, it started operations on May 31, 1953, under the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR). 

  • It used to go by a different name. 

Before it received its current name, Agus VI was called the Maria Cristina Hydroelectric Plant. 

  • It’s a project by PH’s sixth president.

President Elpidio Quirino was the one who authorized the construction of Agus VI. Fortunately, it was finished during his administration. 

  • It produces 200 MW of electricity. 

Agus VI generates electricity through the turbines installed at the Maria Christina Falls. These turbines harness the strong flow of water from the falls to produce power. 

The facility can generate 200 MW of energy, which means it can power up to 2 million 100W bulbs anytime, for as long as the bulbs are functioning. 

  • It’s also a tourist destination! 

To showcase the beauty of Maria Christina Falls and their commitment to environmental conservation, NAPOCOR created a nature park surrounding Agus VI. It hosts various sections and attractions including a bird sanctuary, crocodile park, butterfly garden, a zip line, and a mini zoo. 

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Image credit: ElpidioQuirino.org