BY JOANNA C. BALANZA
A project to explore geothermal resources around Mt. Apo has been strongly supported by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCCII).
The chamber believes that Davao City in particular and Mindanao “badly needs additional electric power supply to support the requirements not only of the business sector but also of the community as a whole, said the business chamber in a statement.
In particular, DCCCII said it is supporting the proposal of Aboitiz Power Renewables Inc. to conduct an exploration of geothermal resources in the Davao region.
Last week, Manuel Orig, Aboitiz vice president for Mindanao, presented to the Davao City Council the Mt. Apo exploration project of the company in a bid to get the endorsement of the local government.
The Aboitiz exploration project includes parts of Davao City.
DCCCII said it is supporting the Aboitiz project because it is “self-sustaining, renewable, and less pollutive, and therefore poses less threat to the environment than other conventional power generating plants.”