Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he will support the campaign to keep power in Negros Occidental green.
The governor was reacting to the opposition of San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza to an alleged proposal by San Miguel Corp. Global to build a coal-fired power plant in San Carlos City.
The Diocese of San Carlos is calling on officials of San Carlos City and Negros Occidental to disapprove the 300-megawatt coal plant of SMC Global, or any proposal for building a coal-fired power plant.
Alminaza said that instead of SMC Global’s investing in a coal-powered plant, it should develop sources of renewable energy.
Marañon said the bishop has asked to meet with him on Sunday to discuss his strong objection to the possible building of a coal plant.
The governor said he has not received any proposal from SMC and is prepared to listen to both sides.
But Marañon said he will support keeping Negros green, pointing out that protecting the environment has been his advocacy ever since.
He also cited his campaign for organic agriculture.
Negros currently produces solar, geothermal and biomass generated power.
The governor also cited the growing climate change problems and the phasing out of coal plants inother countries.*
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