Conal Holdings Corporation (CHC) plans to put up a 200MW coal fired power plant in Brgy. Kamanga, Maasim, Sarangani Province.
Accordingly, CHC applied for Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) to DENR-EMB.
Before DENR-EMB approves the ECC an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) must be made.
Thus, on February 27, 2009 a public hearing was conducted at Maasim Municipal Gym.
Security was tight. Military and PNP elements frisked people entering the gym. Printed materials were confisc ated. However, CONAL people were allowed to distribute fliers at the entrance to the gym.
CHC was allowed to present its plan/project. Oppositions were not asked to present their side. Definitely, a one-sided public hearing!
But during the open forum a representative from Sta. Cruz Parish Against Pollution (SCPAP) read a statement opposing the CFPP. During the reading streamers, banners and posters opposing the project were raised. Very dramatic!
The Diocese, led by Sta. Cruz Parish, is strongly opposing the Coal Fired Power Plant because of its greenhouse gases emission such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and other toxic chemicals and particulates, thereby contributing to global warming and threatening besides human health. The emission of these toxic gases will affect General Santos City, most of Sarangani province and Davao del Sur.
Frs. Greto (Kiamba), Ricky (Maitum) and Nono (Lagao, Gen. Santos) with some 100 parishioners joined Fr. Flor, parish priest of Maasim and some 500 of his parishioners.
Christians are caretakers of the earth (cf. Gen. 2:16) not polluters of environment. (culled from reports by Fr. Flor Litigio, Fr. Romeo Catedral and Fr. Angelo Buenavides).
Source: Communication from the Bishop (No. 522, 01 March 2009)