Environmental groups urge DENR to suspend Bataan coal power plant due to ash spill
admin • January 11, 2017 • 5152
Environmental groups urge the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to suspend the operation of a coal-fired power plant in Limay, Bataan.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is urged by environmental groups to release a directive that would suspend the operation of a coal-fired power plant owned by San Miguel Corporation and Petron in Limay, Bataan.
This, after reports that the said power plant has failed to protect the environment and has caused health hazards to residents living nearby.
READ:Residents bemoan ash spill from local power plant
“Dito kami nababahala na kapag patuloy itong nag operate (…) Kung ang suspension at desist order ay para lang sa dumping pero patuloy ang operation ng planta dito ay saan nila ida-dump ngayon ang 250 tons na coal ash,” said Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) national coordinator Ian Rivera.
(We really worry about this. If the power plant continues to operate and if the suspension and desist order against them is only for the dumping but its operation continues, where will they dump the 250 tons of coal ash?)
It can be recalled that DENR released a notice of violation and stoppage order against the dumping site. But the groups said the order is limited to coal ash pond and not included in the halt to the operation.
The PMCJ and Center for Energy, Ecology and Development argued that if the power plant in Limay, Bataan continues to produce ash, it would eventually affect the environment and the health of the residents.
CEED national coordinator Gerry Arances stated that coal, no matter how you defend it, is still the dirtiest type of energy.
Aside from the suspension, the environmental group is also urging the DENR to audit first coal-fired power plants in line with the compliance certificates the agency is asking for.
The group also argued that the issue has to be investigated to determine the violations possibly being committed by the management of the power plant.
“Malinaw na meron, unang-una na d’yan hindi nagbigay ng pahintulot ang local government unit ng Limay na magtapon sila, mag-imbak ng ash. Ang ginawa nila ay nagtambak pa rin ng coal ash despite kawalan ng pahintulot, ng permiso mula sa LGU,” said Aaron Pedrosa, secretary general of Sanlakas
(There’s a clear violation. First is that the local government unit of Limay did not permitted them to throw or store ashes. What they did is that they store coal ash without permission from the LGU.) — Joshua Antonio | UNTV News & Rescue
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MANILA, Philippines – Simula sa Oktubre 1 ay ipatutupad na sa probinsiya ng Bataan ang ‘no QR code, no entry’ policy bilang bahagi ng pinaigting na contact tracing efforts sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic.
Ayon kay Bataan Governor Albert Garcia, ang QR code ang magsisilbing pass ng mga nais pumasok sa lalawigan at ipi-prisinta ito sa checkpoints o entry points sa lugar.
Sinabi ni Garcia na layunin ng sistemang ito na mapabilis ang prosesong pinagdaraanan ng mga mga pauwing overseas Filipino workers (OFW), locally-stranded individuals (LSI) at authorized persons outside of residence (APOR).
Para makakuha ng QR code, kailangang i-download ang get-pass application mula sa Google play at app store.
Mag-sign up sa app sa pamamagitan ng pagsagot sa declaration form, pindutin ang calendar at pumunta sa travel authorization section upang sagutan ang mga tanong ukol sa travel appointment.
May ilalabas itong QR code na naglalaman ng petsa ng pagbiyahe at appointment number na maaaring i-save o iprint.
Sa araw ng biyahe, dalhin ang printed na QR code kasama ang valid identification card at certificate of employment na ipapakita sa entry points papasok sa Bataan.
Ayon kay Garcia, nagsasagawa na sila ng dry run para maihanda ang mga magbabantay sa checkpoints at iba ang ahensiyang otorisadong mag-monitor ng QR code system gamit ang get-pass mobile application.
Nanawagan rin ang gubernador sa publiko na makipagtulungan at sundin ang sistema upang maiwasan ang posibleng pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa lalawigan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Leslie Huidem)
MANILA, Philippines – Several environmental groups are planning to file a petition for writ of kalikasan to halt the project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to pour white sand along the shoreline of Manila Bay.
Ocean conservation group Oceana Philippines vice president Gloria Estenzo Ramos said lodging a petition is one of the actions they are discussing to respond to DENR’s white sand project.
“It’s always an option under the rules of procedure for environmental cases, even a threat to destruction. Ito nga may destruction na e, kaya it’s a ground for applying for writ of kalikasan. Mag-meeting ang mga environmental groups on this,” she said in a forum on Monday.
Fisherfolk group Pamalakaya president Fernando Hicap also opposed the project, saying that it is only a waste of taxpayers’ money.
“Ipahinto natin. Hindi po talaga ito yung solusyon. Nagsasayang tayo ng pera at hindi po rehabilitation to. Hindi to makakatulong sa pagrehabilitate sa Manila Bay.”
DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said they are prepared to face the petition and defend the merits of the project.
“If they say na yung proteksyon natin sa shoreline din natin e mali, well it’s up to them. It’s their right to file their case against us,” he said.
“We’re there to clean it up and we’re there to make it beautiful, ok? So, if that is their allegation, i-prove nila na talagang merong violation kaming nagawa, yun lang ang amin. Well, basically I don’t see any violation in what we’ve done,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)
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