Quezon community members and environmental groups slammed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and coal power companies for pushing through with the public scoping sessions for coal projects in Pagbilao, Quezon province.
The public scoping sessions were pushed despite concerns raised by stakeholders over the absence of an inclusive and effective information and education campaign (IEC).
Pagbilao residents, along with the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), Tanggol Kalikasan, Quezon for Environment (QUEEN), Diocese of Lucena, Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED), and other groups wrote through their legal counsels to the DENR and coal proponents Central Luzon Premiere Power Corp. (CLPPC) and Lumiere Energy Technologies, (LETI).
“A proper information and education process that affords meaningful participation for all stakeholders is a prerequisite for a public scoping. The IEC campaign held on January 7 and 8 for the CLPPC and LETI coal projects are far from this. It is irregular and defective as not all required stakeholders were invited or able to participate. We also did not receive IEC materials as required by DAO 015-17,” said Avril De Torres, CEED Research, Policy, and Law Program head.