1. Symposium on Coal Fired Power Plant (CFPP)

A symposium on CFPP was held at Sta. Cruz Parish Church, Maasim, Sarangani Province, last June 11, 2009.

Conal Holdings Corporation of the Alcantara Group of Companies plans to construct a 200MW CFPP in Kamanga, Maasim over the strong opposition of different sectors.

Conal Holdings was issued an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), DENR, April 20, 2009. Without public scoping/consultation.

Dean Virgilio Ramos, College of Engineering, MSU-GenSan, was the resource person. An engineer, he explained the technical operation proposed by Conal, pointing out environmental hazards against Conal’s claims it would use state of the art technology.

Engr. Ramos analyzed the data submitted by CONAL to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Team. His conclusion: CFPP will cause environmental problems for the people in Maasim and nearby communities in the future.

CFPP are considered major source of greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2) which contributes to global warming and threatens human organs (kidney, lungs, heart, etc); mercury, lead, manganese, arsenic, cadmium and chromium which are toxic substances; and sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NO) which cause acid rain/deposition which adversely affect all forms of life: plant, marine, birds, insects, animals and human.

CFPP Maasim is planned for over 30 years of operation.

Fr. Romeo Catedral, Diocesan Social Action Director told the audience Bishop Gutierrez informed him that officers of the parish campaigning in favor of the CFPP must resign from their positions because campaigning for the CFPP contradicts the position of the Diocese.

Three hundred twenty (320) registered for the symposium. Most came from the 40 GKKs/BECs of Sta. Cruz Parish and from the Notre Dame of Maasim.

Present, too, were Rose Latoria (LRC), Sr. Susan Bolanio, OND (Hesed Foundation), and Cecile Diono (Third World Network).

Sta. Cruz Parish against Pollution (SCPAP) facilitated the symposium.

Thank you, Fr. Floro Litigio, for the lunch. (Prepared by Fr. Roming C.)

Source: Communication from the Bishop (No. 538, 16 June 2009)

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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