By Dandan A. Bantugan
Tagbilaran City–A multi-sectoral group is opposing the plan to put up a coal-fired power plant in Bohol.
Emilia M. Roslinda, executive director of Process-Bohol and president of the Bohol Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (BANGON) expressed the opposition in a manifesto the group sent last week to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. The manifesto was tackled during the presiding officer’s time by Acting Vice Governor Vinzencio B. Arcamo during the board’s regular session Friday.
The manifesto was also signed by citizens groups, faith-based organizations and environmental advocates in the province.
The signatories said coal as a fuel is dirty, costly and deadly.
Arcamo referred the manifesto to a joint committee composed of environment as the lead committee and the public utilities, peace and order and the committee on public safety and health.
The committee is expected to meet next week and hear the views of resource persons on the matter.
Arcamo said he hopes to have the committee report as soon as possible so that the board could present its recommendations to governor.
Aside from BANGON, the manifesto was signed by the Bol-anon United Sectors Working for the Advancement of Community Concerns (BUSWACC), Bohol Initiators for Sustainable Agriculture and Development (BISAD), and the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP).
Bonifacio Quirog Jr., board secretary, also signed as a civil servant and an environmental advocate.