Coal Plant in Iloilo, Philippines

Governors of the five provinces in Western Visayas that are opposing the establishment of the coal-fired power plant in Iloilo City’s thickly populated barangay are expected to sit down with Mayor Jerry Trenas soon to discuss and thresh out issues relative to the project.

This was confirmed by Trenas after reaching out to Governors Victor Tanco, Isidro Zayco and Carlito Marquez of the provinces of Capiz, Negros Occidental and Aklan, respectively.

Trenas said Tanco already apologized to him and explained that “he has no intention of intervening in the affairs of the city as long as the medical and health objections are fully answered by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Health (DOH).”

Zayco and Marquez did not apologize though but they shared the sentiments of Tanco as regard to health issues.

Trenas said he looked forward to also talking things out with Guimaras Gov. Felipe Hilan Nava because the city and Guimaras have projects under the Metro Iloilo Guimaras Economic Development Council (MIGEDC).

No word though was heard from Antique Gov. Salvacion Perez except from interviews over the radio and reports from local dailies.

“Gov. Tanco is suggesting that they will talk among themselves and thereafter set up a meeting together to discuss this,” Trenas said.

Trenas earlier aired his disappointment over the petition of the five governors urging President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to revoke the environmental compliance certificate that was issued by the DENR to the Global Business Power Corporation (GBPC).

The ECC gave the GBPC the go-signal to start with the construction of the 164-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Barangay Ingore, Lapaz district. – PNA

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Erle Frayne Argonza Says:

    The opposition is done from out of plain, subjectivist, ignoramus position. So what’s the alternative shown by these obstructionist fools?

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