DENR orders Global Power, Palm Power to explain scabies, lung disease of residents near their coal plants
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered Global Business Power and Palm Concepcion Power Corp. to address complaints that residents near their coal-fired plants were suffering from scabies and lung disease.
Global Business Power is a joint venture between the Beacon Electric Asset Holdings Inc. of the Salim-Metro Pacific Group and JG Summit while Palm Concepcion Power is owned by A. Brown Co. Inc.
DENR Western Visayas Regional Director Jim O. Sampulna, in an interview Friday afternoon, said: “I requested to have a constant monitoring of the health of the people surrounding the factory.I also requested them to have a clinic for those people around them.”
Sampulna is referring to the coal-fired plants of Global Business Power in La Paz, Iloilo City and Palm Concepcion Power in Concepcion, Iloilo.
Sampulna said there have been complaints about residents suffering from scabies and even lung disease due to the alleged pollutants emitted from the plants.
He said the two power firms operating coal-fired power plants in Iloilo should have constant monitoring of the health of residents surrounding their plants.
He said the DENR and the two firms have yet to sign memorandum of agreement (MOA) on the monitoring of communities surrounding their plants. DENR-6 hoped to sign the MOA next month.
Currently, DENR has real-time monitoring of the pollution emissions of the firms.
During the PCPC’s Stakeholder’s Recognition Friday, President Roel Castro, in his presentation, showed that all their emissions were below the limit set by the DENR. (PNA)