Gokongwei facing resistance from Batangas residents over petrochemical expansion
BATANGAS CITY – Bilyonaryo John Gokongwei’s plan to expand JG Summit’s petrochemical plant in Batangas is facing stiff resistance from local residents.
Batangas public information office chief Jenelyn Aguilera disclosed on Monday that the DENR-Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) have been holding public hearing on the project, since last week.
Aguilera said some local village leaders and residents from Barangays Simlong, Pinamucan Ibaba and Pinamucan Proper also attended the public hearing where they expressed apprehensions and concerns on the petrochemical company’s project expansion.
She said the city government would not allow JG Summit to expand its polymer plant and naphtha cracking plant in Barangay Simlong here without the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
JG Summit assured concerned residents that was upgrading its flaring facilities to address the problem and concerns by local folks here on the black smoke emission and the heat generated by its facilities.
The JG Summit Petrochemicals Group has proposed to expand its polymer plant and naphtha cracking plant starting 2019 until 2021. The company claimed the project would generate 3,000 to 5,000 jobs.
JG Summit Petrochemicals Group is a pioneer in the country’s petrochemical industry. Its subsidiary, JG Summit Olefins Corp. (JGSOC), was registered with the Board of Investments (BOI) in 2010 as a producer of ethylene, propylene, pyrolysis gasoline, mixed C4 and other by-products. The plant’s commercial operations began in Nov. 2014. (PNA)