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Opposition mounts to Bohol coal plant

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By Dandan A. Bantugan

Tagbilaran City–The opposition against the establishment of coal-fueled power plant in Bohol is mounting as the provincial government is about to deliberate on the project.

The Clean Energy Advocates (CEA) sent a formal statement to Bohol’s provincial board and the city council Friday reiterating its opposition to the plant.

More than a month ago, a manifesto was also sent to the provincial board expressing the same sentiment. It was signed by Emilia Roslinda, executive director of Process-Bohol and president of the Bohol Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (BANGON).

The manifesto failed to draw enough attention and the provincial government decided to schedule the signing of the terms of reference within the month.

The latest statement campaign opposing the plant is being led by CEA, an umbrella organization of non-government organizations, religious, academe and faith-based groups.

Reports said Bishop Patrick Daniel Parcon of the Diocese of Talibon and Bishop Albert Uy of the Diocese of Tagbilaran have joined the drive after meeting with CEA leaders.

Uy expressed his stand against the plan as it might contradict with the vision and mission of the provincial government.

To give impetus to the campaign, the group organized the Bohol’s Forum on Coal Questions recently at Café Caloy in this city.

Coal, which is abundant and inexpensive, is responsible for 45 percent of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide and 72 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions from electric sector, Noelyn Dano pointed out in her presentation during the forum.

The use of coal to produce power accounts for 45 percent, renewable energy – wind, solar, biomass – 25 percent; natural gas, 23 percent, and oil, 7 percent.

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