Coal fired plant supporters voice out their views PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 October 2011 16:33

While a number of people oppose the coal fired plant project at the Zamboanga Ecozone, there are also many others who support the project as indicated by the crowd that turned out at the public consultation and dialogue held by the San Ramon Power Inc. (SRPI) at the Ecozone yesterday.

During the consultation,  Raul Amil, an English professor of the Western Mindanao State University, pointed out that light and energy  are very important to education.
“It is very essential to study, teaching and the schools,” he said.

He suggested that those opposing the coal fired plant should show documents and researches to support their claim and not to use it for media mileage.

He said that  additional energy source will boost the economy of the city and will attract more investors, thus creating employment opportunitues and generating income for the government.

Those who have travelled to Luzon made their observation during the dialogue that cities and provinces thereat where coal fired power plants are being operated like Angeles City, Tarlac and Pangasinan are all progressive.

They said that Dagupan City’s famous bangus industry and the rice  and sugar  industries in Central Luzon apparently are not affected by any effects that a coal fired plant can do to the environment.

Councilor Vincent Paul Elago said he has already visited a coal fired plant in Misamis Oriental and eight others in other cities and there has been no report of hazard that those plants have brought to the health of the people and to the environment

Zamboanga Electric Cooperative Board Member Efren Perez warned that whether the people will like it or not, a power shortage will occur in the years to come, and the city should be prepared with other sources of energy to avoid suffering from power shortage. — Allen Abastillas