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Loren lauds passage of ordinance banning new coal-fired power plant

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Rep. Loren Legarda commended the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Antique for its approval of an ordinance banning the establishment of a new coal-fired power plant in the province.

Legarda said the ordinance will help the province reduce harmful emissions and pursue resilient and sustainable development while protecting the environment and safeguarding the health of all Antiqueños.

“I laud the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for taking a step towards a sustainable path through the approval of this provincial ordinance. With the increasing need to address the climate crisis, we have to wean our economies from over-dependence on coal and other fossil fuels,” according to her.

She added that the proliferation of new coal-fired power plants “will only contribute to our own destruction and will only go against our commitment to reducing emissions to ensure livable communities today and for the future.”

With the new ordinance, Legarda said that Antique will have stricter standards concerning environmental policies and any related activities with impacts on health and environment.

“Our local leaders must be at the forefront of climate action to ensure that solutions will address the specific climate vulnerabilities of communities. We must continue to lead the province towards a better path of resilience and sustainability.

“Let us keep in mind that the survival of the present and future generations depends on the decisions and actions that we make today. I am also hoping that this move taken by my province will inspire neighboring provinces in the Visayas,” she concluded.