BY ROGER M. BALANZA
The Davao City Council has approved on second reading a resolution endorsing the expansion of the generating capacity of the coal-fired power plant of the Aboitiz-owned Therma South Inc. (TSI) from 300 MW to 645 MW.
Two city councilors — Leah Librado-Yap and Antoinette Principe-Castrodes — voted against the citing environmental and health concerns.
Voting for the Therma request to increase capacity were Councilors Nilo Abellera Jr., Mabel Sunga-Acosta, Victorio Advincula Jr., Bernard Al-ag, Al Ryan Alejandre, Joanne Bonguyan, Louie John Bonguyan, Danilo Dayanghirang, April Dayap, Jimmy Dureza, January Duterte, Rene Elias Lopez, Diosdado Mahipus, Berino Mambo-o, Bonifacio Militar, Tomas Monteverde IV, Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz, Marissa Salvador-Abella, and Rachel Zozobrado.
Manuel Orig, first vice president for Mindanao Affairs of the Aboitiz Group of Companies, appeared at the city council session to stress the need for the increase in capacity for the plant located in Binugao, Toril.
There is a need for additional capacity to supply Mindanao’s with enough power for its continued development and growth, he said.
Group blasts SP on
okay of Therma expansion
There is no such thing as clean coal, said the local environmentalist group Interface Development Interventions, Inc. (IDIS) as it lambasted members of the Davao City Council for approving on second reading the request to expand capacity of the Aboitiz-owned Therma South Marine coal-fired power plant in Binugao Toril.
We are not happy that while coal has been rejected as power source in other countries, we now have this with us now, said IDIS executive director Mary Anne Fuertes.
“We all know that the expected adverse environmental and health impacts will not happen or be observed immediately, but once it happens, it would be very costly if not irreversible and we cannot afford it,” Fuertes said.