Allowing the coal-fired power plant to operate in the city will harm local fresh water source and residents, according to aid group Balsa Mindanao.
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A power company here wants the “favorable endorsement” of the Davao City Council as it plans to increase the generating capacity of its coal-fired power plant but members of civil society vowed to block this plan saying they were not convinced of the environmental protection and safeguard to health.
Some 100 “environment planners” all over the country held a two-day conference here since Friday to discuss ways to create “green and sustainable communities” vis-à-vis urban development in Mindanao.
Government says Mindanao’s energy crisis will be gone by 2015; but their solution to use coal-fired power plants worries environment advocates.
By IRENE V. DAGUDOG & MARILOU AGUIRRE-TUBURAN
The plant is built in a 55-hectare area along the coast of Sitio Tampuan which is close to the 140-hectare Kamanga Marine Protected Area (MPA).