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One is enough! Antique bans coal expansion

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Antique passed an ordinance prohibiting the construction of new coal power plants in the province.

Provincial Ordinance No. 2020-194 cited the adverse impacts of coal-fired power plants to the environment.

“As an agricultural province with most of its population being farmers and fisherfolk, Antique can ill afford to bear the destructive effects of coal power on agriculture and fisheries, such as thermal pollution, coal ash re-suspension and spillage to water bodies,” the ordinance authored by Provincial Board member Karmila Rose Dimamay stated.

It also cited the government’s Climate Change Commission’s Resolution No. 2016-001 that at a global level, coal-fired power plants are the biggest source of man-made carbon dioxide emissions which account for 35 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. (https://bit.ly/2SXPMD3)

“While the Philippines is not one of the major contributions of carbon emissions, we nevertheless have a duty to reduce the impact of our (coal) consumption and have an energy mix that is not dependent on coal,” the measure further said.

Antique has one coal-fired power plant. It is in Semirara Island – where coal is being mined – under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Caluya. It is being operated by the Semirara Mining and Power Corp.

Under the ordinance, administrative sanctions will be imposed on any government official and government employee – in accordance with Chapter 4, Section 60 of the Local Government Code of 1991 and Civil Service Rules – who shall seek, assist or work for an endorsement of new coal-fired power plants in the province.