Coming soon… Balingasag bangus marinated with mercury-A A +A
By Dr. Bob Ocio
Isyo ug Servicio
Saturday, November 2, 2013
"WELCOME to Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, home of the famous fresh bangus, now too, prospective host of the famous mercury pollutant coal plants.
We deliver to your doorsteps in all of Cagayan de Oro and the province, especially marinated Bangus poisoned with mercury from our environment–friendly coal plants. Just observe if some of these signs of mercury poisoning are coming to your family. Remember, if symptoms persist, there is no more need to go to your doctor. Be sure to contact the nearest funeral home. So, who needs a Halloween mask? Your children can become the real nightmare daily as they eat mercury poisoned fish because your government blinked on an entirely avoidable mistake.
Methyl Mercury Effects
For fetuses, infants and children, the primary health effect of methyl mercury is impaired neurological development. Methyl mercury exposure in the womb, which can result from a mother's consumption of fish and shellfish that contain methyl mercury, can adversely affect a baby's growing brain and nervous system.
Impacts on cognitive thinking, memory, attention, language, and fine motor and visual spatial skills have been seen in children exposed to methyl mercury in the womb. Recent human biological monitoring by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1999 and 2000 (PDF) shows that most people have blood mercury levels below a level associated with possible health effects. More recent data from the CDC support this general finding.
Your lungs and organs are irreplaceable.
The coal plants are. Hydro power, solar and wind can be financed by the government and they are viable contrary to claims by the lobbyists of the coal oligopolies. Only those who blackmail us with oligopolies to control the industry say we cannot afford healthy, sustainable and renewable sources of energy.
Nag research ba kaha ang mga miembro sa Sanguniang Panlalawigan sa Misamis Oriental bahin sa epekto sa coal plants? Tinuod ba nga seryoso sila sa pag-imbitar sa public hearing? Ug nganong sila sila ra man nga maapektohan man niini ang mga nanimuyo ug Konsumante sa koryente sa syudad sa Cagayan de oro? Naunsa na man ang mga sakup ni Bambi? Approved without thinking lang gihapon, murag mga sakup ni Dongkoy?
When, you approve a resolution affecting hundreds of thousands of lives in the region, you must first and foremost conduct a no-nonsense public consultation, right? How come the Provincial Board led by Vice-governor Pelaez, was able to approve it without a single opposition from the community? Of course, "gi-railroad" kana nga resolution para dili makapadayag ang supak ug mapahibalo sa insakto ang publiko. Pareho ra kana sa gakahitabo sa siyudad panahon ni Dongkoy. Like father, like son, isn't it?
Former Bayan Muna representative Teddy Casiño hit the Department of Energy (DOE) for blackmailing the people of Mindanao into accepting artificially high power rates in order to solve the power crisis. That was in April 2013.
Now, the real plan really is to establish absolute control by oligopolies of the power industry and prey on helpless residents in Mindanao with their profit- oriented ventures. They have since then, went on to establish more destructive, aged, unhealthy and toxic producing coal plants in Misamis Oriental with a railroaded and moro-moro public consultation with nobody among those invited attending.
Now, they are set to do another ground breaking event with no one and nobody yet, among our elected public officials sounding off the alarm. Are they silenced into submission? or they are simply uninformed?
Power rates may shoot up
"Based on reports, power rates in Mindanao may shoot up by as much as P4 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) should the electric cooperatives on the island agree to the proposed solution of the government for them to acquire their own diesel-fired generators.
"That is P400 more for those who consume 100 kWh per month, P800 for those who consume 200 kWh and so forth. Instead of food and education, consumers will be forced to allot more for electricity,” said Casiño.
That is only on the diesel plants. How about the establishment of coal plants and the obvious rejection of the call by Engr. Dave Tauli to rehabilitate the hydro power plants and establishing more in identified areas in Mindano to account for the projected shortfall?" “Blackmail na talaga ang nangyayari sa Mindanao. Ang sabi kasi ni Pangulong Aquino mula pa noong isang taon eh kung ayaw nyo ng blackout eh dapat itaas ang singil sa kuryente nyo,” he added. “While we acknowledge the supply shortage, what is clear is that the problem was caused by government's flawed policy of abandoning the power sector at the hands of private corporations. If only government had rehabilitated the Agus and Pulangui power plants earlier and not wait for the plants to be privatized first, then Mindanao will not be in such a fix," he said.
"It would simply be wrong for the government to force consumers to bear the cost of government neglect. It would be more logical for the government to follow the recommendations of the Mindanao Summit last year. Aside from immediately rehabilitating the hydropower plants in Mindanao, government should tap solar power and other renewable energy sources to augment existing supply,” Casiño said. The three-term congressman explained that with government support and wider reach, renewable energy sources will soon be at par with traditional sources.
"Kung tataasan na rin naman ang presyo ng kuryente, mag renewable ka na lang. Malinis pa at mas sustainable inthe long run. The Energy Secretary said it will raise their solution will raise the cost of electricity in Mindanao from P6.20to P10 per kilowatt hour, arguing that it is still lower than the P12per kwh rate in the Metro Manila. But some renewable energy sources are capable of matching this rate," he said. Last year, the Energy Regulatory Commission approved the FIT rate of P9.68 per kWh for solar, P8.53 per kWh for wind, P6.63 per kWh for biomass, andP5.90 per kWh for hydropower projects. Although the original petition was P17.95 per kWh for solar, P10.37 per kWh for wind,P7 per kWh for biomass, and P6.15 per kWh for hydro resources, majority of them are below or around the P10 per kWH rate.
Casiño is the author of House Bill 5405 or the proposed One Million Solar Roofs Act which provides for incentives and financing facilities to encourage the use of solar energy by ordinary electricity consumers like residences, offices and small to medium business establishments. “With government harnessing the solar resources of the country and providing for incentives for massive deployment of solar energy systems, the prospects of attaining energy independence from oil companies and significantly lowering electricity prices in the medium-term are realizable. Power crises then like in Mindanao would be a thing of the past,” ended Casiño. Lately, BPI has arranged a Build Operate Transfer scheme to build solar power to energize its branches all over the country, proving a point that solar can be cheaper, viable and efficient on a long term.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on November 03, 2013.