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Tagkawayan residents oppose Orion Power’s coal plant


A Quezon politiko has doused speculations and allayed concerns of residents that a coal-fired power plant in Tagkawayan, Quezon would be built without their consent.

Quezon 3rd District Board Member Jet Suarez assured that no coal-fired power plant would be allowed to operate in the province.

Suarez said only Liquified Natural Gas Power Plant or the alternative energy sources like hydropower or geothermal plants.

In the proceedings of the committee hearing released on Friday, Quezon Board Member and league president Vicente Salumbides III aired concerns by residents that a 1,000-megawatt coal energy project proposed by Orion Prime Pacific Energy, Inc. would be built without the approval of the Tagkawayan Sangguniang Bayan (municipal legislative council).

The Sangguniang Bayan of Tagkawayan feared that it would be bypassed in the construction of the power project just like what happened in Atimonan, Quezon where a power plant was built without council approval.

Suarez said any power plant would not only need the approval of the town council but also Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial legislative council) or the Sangguniang Barangay (barangay legislative council).

Tagkawayan Mayor Jose Jonas Frondoso confirmed that a representative from Orion Company paid a courtesy call to present the firm’s proposal. (PNA)

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