Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Monday, September 08, 2008


The City Council of Olongapo recently passed a resolution opposing the planned construction of a coal-fired power plant in Subic Bay.

Through the resolution entitled, ‘A Resolution Expressing the City Government of Olongapo’s Objection to Coal-Fired Power Plants as an Energy Source and Urging the Proponent to Consider Safer Alternative Sources of Energy for Subic Bay’ the City Council of Olongapo joins the overwhelming opposition of Olongapenos in the construction of a power plant that will pose a huge threat to the city.

“Isang napakalaking environmental threat ang dinudulot ng mga coal-fired power plants dahil sa mga usok at poisonous gases na ibinubuga nito. Hindi lang nito sisirain ang kabuhayan, kalusugan at kapaligiran ng lungsod at mga karatig bayan kundi pati industriya ng turismo sa Olongapo at ng Subic,” said Councilor Jhong Cortez.

The resolution states that it has been proven that the use of coal and other fossil fuels is one of the contributing factors in hastening global warming. In fact, China has been suffering from four hundred thousand (400,000) deaths every year due to the long-term effects of the use of coal as fuel for energy for the last couple of years.

Studies conducted by environmentalists show that the coal-fired power plant will also increase the carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the air and in turn, decrease oxygen (O2) in the atmosphere. This will not only affect the health of humans but also the forests and the marine life which will cause the extinction of endangered species living in the area.

The City Council recommends the use of a safer alternative fuel compared to coal.

According to the resolution, “The city government of Olongapo and its people are not against progress and development in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and Zambales but emphasizes the need for an environment and people-friendly, pollution free, renewable energy solution to sustain both social and economic developments”

“Mura nga ang coal-fired power plant ngunit ang mga long-term effects nito sa kapaligiran, sa ekonomiya at sa kalusugan ng mga mamamayan tulad ng respiratory diseases, will be more costly,” Cortez said.

The resolution was passed after a rigid analysis of the coal-fired power plant and its possible effects to the city and to its constituents.

It can be recalled that a ‘No to Coal’ forum led by Greenpeace was held recently at the Olongapo City Convention Center (OCCC) where Olongapenos and multi-sectoral representatives from the community showed their strong opposition to the power plant.

The forum was attended by City Councilors of Olongapo, Respiratory/Medical specialists, tourism/business operators, students and teachers from different schools, AKBAYAN representatives, concerned citizens and other media personalities, like Winnie Monsod.

The planned coal-fired power plant- Redondo Peninsula Power Project,a joint-venture of Aboitiz Energy and a Taiwanese company will be constructed at Sitio Naglatore, Barangay Cawag, Subic, Zambales.


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