Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:12
“Even if Mayor Celso Lobregat will ask me to support the entry of the coal-fired power plant, I will not give in to his request.”
Thus, the strong message of Talisayan barangay chair Josephine Pareja in an interview over RMN yesterday.
Pareja pointed out it is the sentiments of the leaders and residents of Talisayan and not hers alone that they are against the entry of the coal plant in their locality.
Pareja sought a council seat but lost in the 2010 elections under the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) of Lobregat.
The chairwoman said even if other leaders of nearby barangays like Pamucutan and Sinubung, who passed their own resolutions of no objection, “we will remain steadfast in objecting the coal plant in our community. Find another barangay and put up the coal plant there and not in Talisayan.”
She blamed the City Council for the passage of the resolution of No Objection even without the conduct of any consultation with the people in the affected barangay.
“Mali nga itong immediate passage of the no objection resolution dahil ina-akala ng mga ibang tao na kami ay sang-ayon sa coal plant,” Pareja stressed.
“Even if Conal Holdings Corporation will take me to Thailand, USA or China, no amount of these visits to other countries can change my mind because we know the hazardous effects of coal to the environment,” Pareja said.
Pareja emphasized that the council should first conduct consultation to get the real sentiments of the residents instead of passing the resolution of no objection with haste.
“Si Consejal Rey Candido ya abla porke pa man consulta kunel maga hente de Talisayan nukiere gane sila coal plant ay consulta pa,” Pareja quoted Councilor Candido as saying.
Pareja also questioned the action of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources when it approved the usage of coal in the boilers of some canning factories.
The coal ash being stashed by the canning factories outside its plant is one of the reasons why the leaders and residents are against the entry of the coal plant in their community, she emphasized.
By Nonong Santiago
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