Thursday, June 24, 2021

Robredo opposes Mt. Isarog hydroelectric project

VICE President Leni Robredo is opposed to a proposal to build a hydro energy project inside Mount Isarog Natural Park in her home province Camarines Sur due to its possible negative effects to the environment.

In her formal letter to Environment Secretary Regina Lopez, Robredo asked the exact status of Mount Isarog and the renewable energy plant, which has been facing a lot of opposition from various sectors.

She noted that the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) signed by then Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional director Gilbert Gonzales in November 2009 had already lapsed.

"The permit being shown to build the hydro energy plant is a 2009 permit. That permit and ECC I heard have validity for five years. If that is indeed true, it should have lapsed," the Vice President said.

"There may be other parameters, but we would wait for the reply from the DENR," Robredo said.

She expressed alarm that should this quarrying continue, the flooding in various nearby areas like Calabanga town, Camarines Sur, which was caused by quarrying operations, will create a big damage to the environment.

Robredo said this damage created because of quarrying will eventually create disaster as he cited the negative impacts of quarrying in
Legazpi, Albay, where two of its forested mountains were already denuded. (SunStar Philippines)

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