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Saturday, 01 October 2011 16:32

The Alcantara group thanked the people of Zamboanga City for the huge turnout in a public consultation held to thresh out issues and concerns regarding the construction of a 100 MW coal-fired plant in the city. More than a thousand community leader and residents from barangays all over  Zamboanga City came to show their support for the Alcantara Group’s 100 Mega Watt San Ramon Power project at a public consultation forum conducted by the Department of the Environment and
Natural Resources Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) yesterday, September 30.

At the forum conducted by the DENR-EMB and a panel of independent experts as part of the process for assessing San Ramon Power Inc.’s an environmental compliance certificate (ECC), an environmental consulting firm Berkman Systems, Inc., reported its findings on current environmental conditions of the area surrounding the project and the possible impact to the area of the plant’s operations. 

“Based on our studies, we can conclude that the operation of the San Ramon Plant will have no adverse effects on the water, soil and air quality of the area surrounding the plant,” said Engineer Jethro Alden Hipe of Berkman Systems.  

San Ramon Power spokesperson Lewilin R. Lisondra said the group is also listening intently to all the issues raised and would answer these with clarity, truth and transparency.     Lisondra also expressed confidence while they did not wish to preempt the DENR EEC process, they would be allowed to proceed with the project since it exceeds the environmental and safety standards set forth by the government.  Joseph Nocos, San Ramon Power vice president for business development stated the company’s commitment to comply with Philippine environmental regulations and World Bank guidelines. Nocos further committed to form proactive partnerships with various stakeholders on sustainable development. “We at San Ramon will go the extra mile towards an environment friendly operation and coexistence with host communities,” Nocos added.

The proposed Zamboanga Power Plant will be developed and managed by San Ramon Power, Inc .-  a subsidiary of Alsons Consolidated Resources (ACR) the publicly listed holding company  of the Alcantara Group.  San Ramon aims to initially provide the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ZAMCELCO) with a dedicated and exclusive supply of electrical power. ZAMCELCO is the electrical power supplier of Zamboanga City and some peripheral areas serving a population of close to a million people.

The plant is being built in anticipation of a power supply shortage in Mindanao by 2014 due to the lack of power generating facilities to supply the growing power demands of the island’s expanding population. 

The Alcantara Group also has a stake in two diesel fired power plants under a building operate and own (BOO) arrangement with the National Power Corporation. The plants are located in Zamboanga City and Sarangani. Aside from power generation and power plant management, the Group is engaged in aquaculture and agribusiness, real property development, and services. The Alcantara Group has been an active player in the economic development of Mindanao and the rest of the Philippines for over fifty years. — PR