Environment advocates slam Villar on coal comments


ENVIRONMENT advocates, along with a bishop, slammed reelectionist senator Cynthia Villar for her recent comments on the development of a coal-fired strength plant in Negros Occidental.

The senator, in a press conference in Victorias City earlier this week, said coal is appealing specially for terrible countries just like the Philippines due to the fact it is less expensive.

Villar, who chairs the senate committee on surroundings, stated there may be to be had generation on coal, it’s far allowed even inside the United States.

“Maybe allow us to have a look at those new technologies making coal as smooth power,” she said, adding that “if we will do it, the difficulty on coal will be less arguable.”


Environment agencies and advocates, but, aren’t amenable to such pronouncement.

Romana de los Reyes, of Coal-Free Negros, in a announcement to SunStar Bacolod, stated maybe Villar is relating to the claim of San Miguel Corporation Global Power Corp. That the Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) coal plant it’s miles providing in San Carlos City is a easy coal era.

“This declare is a lie,” she stated.

According to the anti-coal group, the CFB technology addresses the mitigation of simplest emissions together with sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide.

The CFB does not manage many different emissions from a coal plant, including particulate subjects and acid aerosols, which purpose grave respiratory ailments, it stated.

De los Reyes said the era does not also deal with problems with the coal dirt and ash inflicting critical skin allergic reactions and respiration problems.

Also, the CFB also does now not deal with the improved temperature of water that the coal plant dumps into the nearby water frame, ensuing in an awful lot reduced fish trap in near shore waters, she said.

“It does no longer manage the weather-warming carbon dioxide which is released whilst coal is burned,” de los Reyes said, adding that “burning extra coal will notably make a contribution to the weather disaster we are going through now.”

Diocese of San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, a staunch supporter of a coal-unfastened Negros, said Villar’s declaration revealed her gross lack of knowledge and incompetence as chairperson of the committee and her loss of foresight, imaginative and prescient and take care of the environment.

Alminaza said for the Senator to mention that coal-fired flora are very attractive to terrible international locations, just like the Philippines, because they produce inexpensive energy suggests how out of touch she is.

“Of each person, I did now not anticipate to listen it from no much less than Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the committee on environment and imagined to be the main amongst senatoriables in the recent survey,” he lamented.

Alminaza, together with three other bishops in Negros Island, in advance issued a collegial pastoral statement opposing coal.

The diocese and numerous environment agencies which includes youth agencies in the province have prepared activities like “no to coal” protests to oppose the pronounced plan to broaden a 300-megawatt coal-fired strength plant in San Carlos City.

“Look at Iloilo, it has at least three to 4 coal fired strength flowers and yet it has the maximum high priced strength charge in the united states of america if no longer in Asia,” the bishop said.

Gerry Arances, government director for the Center for Energy, Ecology, and Development, stated coal being the inexpensive electricity supply for “bad international locations” in keeping with Villar is a blatant lie.

“Not most effective is renewable strength from sun and wind now being touted as the most inexpensive source of power globally, coal is also being deserted internationally because of its monetary danger and environmental value,” he introduced.

For Jun Mojica, additionally of Coal-Free Negros, stated the timing of the statement isn’t always best unfortunate, it is also unfavourable for the senator.

“Instead of speakme for the pastimes and the environment of the human beings of Negros, she has placed herself against it by means of supporting the proposed coal-fired power plant,” Mojica additionally stated.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. Already issued Executive Order (EO) No. 19-08 Series of 2019, an order declaring the province as a source of easy and renewable electricity.

Prior to issuance of the EO on March 6, as early as October final 12 months, Marañon proposed to the Provincial Board (PB) an ordinance putting forward the complete Negros Occidental coal-unfastened, smooth energy, and environment-pleasant province.

In the said EO, the governor reiterated his advice to the PB to trouble a Renewable Energy Ordinance, similarly stating an opposition to the putting in place of a coal-fired power plant everywhere in the province.

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, for his part, earlier stated the PB’s committees on power and environment are still doing series of hearings and consultations with the stakeholders.

Lacson stated they must be cautious in passing judgment to the governor’s request and people need to remember its long term implication.