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VP Leni opposes power plant in Mount Isarog


By Raymund F. Antonio


Vice President Leni Robredo has aligned herself against the hydroenergy project inside the Mt. Isarog Natural Park in Camarines Sur, taking her opposition to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Robredo wrote a formal letter last week to Environment Secretary Regina Lopez to complain about the renewable energy plant, asking her to shed light on the issues involving the project.

“This is like a letter of complaint, at the same time a letter of inquiry on what really had happened,” the Vice President said in an interview in Naga City over the weekend.

The DENR granted the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC), signed by its former regional director Gilbert Gonzales in November, 2009, to Clean and Green Energy Solutions.

Under the project, a 1.5-megawatt mini-hydro plant is being constructed for a year now inside the Mt. Isarog Natural Park. It faces stiff opposition from environmentalists and netizens.

Robredo sought an explanation from Lopez on certain issues regarding the project.

One of them was the reported expiration of the ECC, which was only valid for five years.

“The permit being showed to build the hydroenergy plant is a 2009 permit. That permit and ECC I heard have validity for five years. If that is indeed true, they should have lapsed,” the Vice President said.

“There may be other parameters, but we would wait for the reply from the DENR,” she added.

The former housing chief expressed concerns that the renewable energy plant is being put up at Mt. Isarog at the expense of nature and the environment.

In her letter, Robredo wished to inquire on DENR about the flooding in Calabanga town, also in Camarines Sur, which was caused by quarrying operations in its mountain.

She noted the negative impacts of quarrying in Legazpi, Albay, where two of its forested mountains were also devastated.

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  • DankenDisqus

    Hi, Leni! Tatay Theodore Roosevelt has some words for you!

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

  • Juan Nationalist

    si Lugaw ang BaBaeng walang sentido kumon. 24/7 ang katangahan!!!

  • 123123

    Why now are u complaining. Madame vp. Why did u not raise a howl when you were a congresswoman during Pnoys term. This did not happen just now. Just goes to show how epal u are Trying to stay relevant by giving presscons n contradicting this administration. Mgpa photo shoot k n lang sa mga magazines.

  • Jackbauer

    Umepal na naman. Lahat na lang isyu sinasawsawan as if her voice is very relevant. The best way for Sec. Lopez to address the letter is to ignore it altogether. Why would she waste her precious time entertaining nonsense from a nonsense VP. Do not give a hoot about anything Robredo is saying. Just work your behind off and you’ll be fine, Sec. Lopez.

  • smash buddies

    Lack of Knowledge is a very dangerous thing of the VP. The ECC validity for the Const. is 5-years and not the project itself. If in case the project will not start in 5-years, the proponent will submit a new ECC application for approval of DENR. VP, a simple stupidity.

  • Modie

    2009 pa pala ito, then why question only now? Noong panahon ni Pnoy pwede pero ngayon kay Du30 dehins na pwede? What gives?

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  • Mike_Realism

    She was in Congress for how many years and yet did not opposed to any of this issues. Now she is trying to stay relevant by opposing on the issue. Imagine what will she be doing for the next 6 years as a VP, travel, interviews, photo shoots, rally and yoga!