Residents of Brgy. Limao, Limay, Bataan staged a protest rally complaining that the ash coming from the plant has caused illnesses especially among children.
BATAAN, Philippines — Several officials from the Department of Health (DH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bataan local government and residents of Sitio Pex, Brgy. Limao, Limay, Bataan, met Monday afternoon to resolve complaints of alleged ash spill coming from a power plant located in the province.
According to the Environmental Management Bureau of DENR Region 3, they have gathered samples of the bottom ash said to be coming from the power plant for analysis.
They said the process of analysis may last from three to six months to be able to determine if the ash can affect human health.
Residents have earlier complained that the ash coming from the plant has caused illnesses especially among children.
The residents also insist that this has been happening for a long time, contrary to the claims of plant operator, Petron-San Miguel Corporation that they have been operating in the area for only two weeks.
“Ano po ba gusto n’yo mangyari na ebidensya? Palagay natin kami nakatira doon, kami nakakaranas. Subukan nilang tumira sa lugar namin para maranasan po nila. Hindi naman po kami nagsisinungaling eh,” said a resident, Mang Carina.
(What kind of evidence do you need? We are the ones residing there, and experiencing [the ash fall], perhaps they should try living in our area for them to experience it themselves. We are not making up stories.)
In the end, the local government of Limay and the power plant management have agreed to stop the disposal of bottom ash in their area and just dump it in a private property.
The power plant management also vowed to comply with DENR regulations and provide additional assistance to affected residents. — Joshua Antonio | UNTV News and Rescue