• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Three bishops have expressed their strong support to the move of the Negros Occidental provincial government to address the climate and energy crisis, following the official launching of SecuRe Negros campaign on February 5.
A collegial statement signed by Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon, San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, and Kabankalan Bishop Louie Galbines, said that they are giving their united support to SecuRe Negros campaign that “aims to ensure the just energy transition and increase the energy security of the province of Negros Occidental.”
“We recognize the urgency of addressing environmental degradation and the adverse effects of climate change, which disproportionately affect the poor and vulnerable among us,” the three Negros Occidental bishops said.
They added “the transition to renewable energy is not only an environmental imperative but also a moral one.”
By supporting the SecuRe Program, the Negros bishops said “we are advocating for policies that prioritize the common good, respect for human dignity, and the promotion of a more equitable society.”
During its launching on Monday at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson emphasized the vital role of renewable energy in ensuring power security.
The road may be long, but it will be bright if we all work together to make our province truly the renewable Energy Capital of the Philippines, Lacson stressed.
He said that the SecuRE Negros Campaign signifies Negros Occidental’s steadfast commitment to securing its energy future through the transformative power of renewable energy, and focusing on establishing reliable energy systems.
Lacson added that the campaign aims not only to champion accessibility, sustainability but also affordability, and to ensure power security in the face of global challenges.
Governor Lacson highlighted the importance of government commitment and policies, stating, “The road may be long, but it will be bright if we all work together to make our Province truly the Renewable Energy Capital of the Philippines!”
Negros Occidental, already a top producer of solar electricity in the country, can become a model for sustainable energy practices.
The province hosts five solar power firms operating six plants, with the solar farm in Cadiz City being Southeast Asia’s largest solar farm, generating 132.5 MW of power.*