Chan to make sure power plant project not harmful to environment

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LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan is not keen on pushing for the construction of a 600-megawatt liquified natural gas (LNG) power plant in the city should this be proven harmful to the public and the environment.

Chan made the statement after learning that civic groups, including the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) Cebu Chapter and Center for Energy and Development (CEED), staged a protest against the construction of the power plant in Barangay Poblacion during the obervance of the World Environment Day last June 5, 2022.

"Let’s be fair nga tagaan sa nato ang proponent og matubag nila ang mga issues and concerns sa mga tawo (and allow the proponent to answer issues and concerns of the people). So if dili makatao sa atong mga katawhan (it is not beneficial to the people), why not? Nganong ato mang ipadayon kon makadaot (Why would we continue if it is harmful)," Chan said on Wednesday, June 15.

The mayor said he already talked with the project proponent, and in fact, rescheduled the public hearing for about three months time.

Chan said the move was made to give time for the proponent, who were earlier unprepared during their presentation, to prepare themselves this time to answer the concerns of the stakeholders, including the environmentalists.

He also clarified that there is no scheduled construction yet, citing they are still in the consultation process or public hearing, wherein they will invite the different sectors concerned for the said project.

"Ang ato ra gyud nga gitan-aw nga makaayo siya sa kinatibuk-an nga dili makadaot sa atong kinaiyahan (The only thing we are looking at is that this project in its entirety should not be harmful to our environment)," Chan added.

The civic groups initiated a “Pedal for People and Plant,” wherein they staged a protest using their bicycles from Mactan Shrine in Lapu-Lapu City to the site of the P60 billion LNG plant proposed by the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Global Power.

The groups claimed that the operation of the proposed power plant will only bring harm to the public and the environment amid the climate emergency experienced throughout the world.

Chan, however, said that electricity consumers can expect a drop of P3.33 per kilowatt-hour should the construction of the LNG power plant push through. (MKG)

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