Mayor seeks tax from geothermal operations-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
MAYOR Rolando Celebre of Jaro town, Tacloban City has asked for a share of tax from the geothermal energy produced at the Leyte Geothermal Production Field (LGPF).
Celebre said the geothermal reserve is also found in the mountains of their town that contribute to the energy generated by the LGPF.
The production, operated by the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), straddles between Kananga and Ormoc.
“We also would like to get a share in the royalty taxes they enjoy to benefit our constituents and they have been getting a big share from geothermal energy for a long time now, while our town has received none,” Celebre said.
Local government units (LGUs) have a share of 40 percent from royalties and other fees in any production or joint venture sharing agreement in the utilization and development within their territorial jurisdiction.
The mayor said he does not know if other geothermal reserve areas are pushing on having the same resolve; however, he said he had talks with former Leyte governor and now secretary of Department of Energy Carlos Jericho Petilla.
Citing a study, Celebre said geothermal energy produced is also supported by energy reserves from the towns of Burauen and Dagami.
The EDC tapped the vast reservations underneath the island’s dead volcanic backyard, developing technology that provides clean power, environmental management and corporate social responsibility practices benefiting the residents.
In 2011, Jaro was one of the LGUs consulted by the EDC for a biodiversity conservation project which includes a watershed management plan for the sustainability of geothermal resources which depends on the ample supply of groundwater recharge to underground steam production areas, among others.
LGUs included in the consultation were towns within the geothermal area such as Baybay City, and the municipalities of Albuera, Kananga, Carigara, Capoocan, Burauen, and other towns within the geothermal reservation.
EDC Leyte Geothermal Production Field is considered as the geothermal titan with over 700 megawatts of geothermal power, beating at the heart of its 107,625-hectare geothermal reservation.
EDC Leyte Geothermal Production Field is the country’ biggest geothermal project and was acclaimed world’s largest wet steam field.
The 30-year-old renewable energy project is providing electricity to the residents of Leyte and the entire Philippines through the national power grid. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)