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Filipino Resourcefulness on Bongbong Marcos’ Bangui Windmill for Sustainable Electricity

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bangui Windmill in Ilocos Norte is an energy project that uses the wind that Bongbong Marcos spearheads in the 1990’s. It is first in Southeast Asia. Bongbong Marcos said that the energy problem in their area was badly felt because they are at the end of the transmission line. With the windmill, the place is not now gauging from the production line when it comes to getting a reliable and cheap source of energy.

Youtube video by; Bagong Lipunan
[VIDEO]: Ang Bangui Windmills sa Ilocos Norte ay tinaguriang pinakauna sa Southeast Asia at proyekto ni dating Governor Bongbong Marcos. Panoorin at alamin paano ni Bongbong Marcos nagawa ang proyektong ito at paano natulungan ang mga tao sa Ilocos Norte.

Filipino Resourcefulness

Bongbong Marcos gives credit to Filipino resourcefulness with the success of the Bangui windmill. It is named The Northwind Bangui Bay Project. Then Governor Bongbong Marcos planned it as a source of renewable energy. Their study shows that Bangui is a beneficial location for the structures of the windmills because of its high wind index.

Tourist Attraction

Bangui windmills are not only the first but also the biggest in Southeast Asia. They are one of a kind structures in the Philippines. It sells 40% electricity to Ilocos Norte and reduces the cost of energy consumption because they are renewable. 50% of electricity consumption of SM Megamall, one of the giant malls in the Philippines is equivalent to the energy consumption of Ilocos Norte.



The windmills are built in two phases. Phase I was completed last June 20, 2005. It consists of 15 wind turbines. They are arranged in a single row along Bangui Bay, stretching along the South China Sea. Each wind turbine is spaced at 236 meters apart from each other. They have a towering height of 70 meters which is as high as a 20-storey building. They have 41 meters motor blade.  Additional 5 wind turbines were built in Phase II in the year 2008 to increase the capacity of the electricity generated to 33MW.

Intrigues on Bongbong Marcos

Bongbong Marcos’ detractors tried to discredit him by saying that the Bangui Windmills are actually the wind farm project of the Danish government that gives the grant of $48 million dollars to Ilocos Norte Province in 1998. Initially, this was for 19 very large turbines and expanded to 49. The current electrical power production of the province is around 25 megawatts and contributes nearly 40% of the provinces electrical power. Think about it. If Bongbong Marcos who’s late father was very keen on the development of energy resources, was not the governor at that time, do you think Bangui windmills is as successful as how it is today?

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