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Puerto Princesa joins protest vs coal power plant

By: - Correspondent / @demptoanda
/ 05:16 AM July 05, 2015

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines—The city government of Puerto Princesa has added its voice to the growing public clamor to stop a planned coal-fired power plant in the province of Palawan that is awaiting clearance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The city government was set to release recently a resolution backed by its opposition-dominated council and signed on June 15 by Mayor Lucilo Bayron, who had previously supported the coal power plant project.

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While Bayron, who is also a member of the regulatory agency Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), earlier voted to grant a Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) clearance to the project proponent, the Consunji group’s DMCI Powers Inc., he made a turnaround and decided to oppose it.

A copy of the final resolution obtained by the Inquirer blasted the PCSD decision on March 28 to grant the SEP clearance to the coal plant project.

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Its principal author, Councilor Vicky de Guzman, said she was “surprised and pleased” by Bayron’s turnaround.

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