[Press Release] Climate Justice Group and Sariaya communities oppose the construction of San Miguel Corporation 600 MW coal-fired facility -PMCJ

Climate Justice Group and Sariaya communities oppose the construction of San Miguel Corporation 600 MW coal-fired facility

(April 30, 2018, Sariaya, Quezon). On what has been a people power action, the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) with the residents and barangay officials of the Barangays San Roque, Castanas and Talata Aplaya, civil society groups of Sariaya together with the Nina Maria Paris devotees and the Roman Catholic Church in the area showed their strong rejection of the plan of the San Miguel Corporation to put up a 600 MW coal-fired power plant in the town of Sariaya. The supposed plan will be constructed within the three (3) barangays Barangays San Roque, Castanas, and Talata Aplaya.

“People are now rising up against the impacts of coal-fired power plants in the Philippines, and here in the town of Sariaya, it is now the turn of the citizens of Sariaya to turn back the plan of by SMC said Val Vibal of Aniban ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura. “The Catholic Church is opposed to coal-fired power plants, as it is detrimental to the integrity of life and creation. Communities host to coal-fired plants is rendered impoverished and poor. Look at Limay in Bataan, Calaca in Batangas or all other coal plants, the people are deprived at and getting impoverished,” continued Vibal.

The Sariaya SMC 600 MW coal plant facility is part of the 11 power projects with nearly 2,000 megawatts (MW) that has been cleared by the Department of Energy (DOE) for grid impact studies in October. Latest DOE data showed the 11 projects are seen to generate 1,877.9 MW of power. The GIS is necessary for determining if the electricity to be generated by the power project can be absorbed by the grid.

“SMC must now invest in renewables as this is now the economically most competitive source of energy available now in the market. If they plan to set up solar or wind here in Sariaya, this people power against coal will never have to happen. All coal-fired power plants owned by SMC all over the country have lots of issues and people are against it. We will not forget the community in Limay Bataan who early part of January 2017 mobilized against the hazards of coal.” exclaimed Ian Rivera Jr., the National Coordinator of Philippines Movement for Climate Justice. “Despite this, the policy of coal still remains and the government has to be blamed. It is now up to the Duterte Administration to decide against coal or else the community will keep fighting back against coal including this inutile government. Coal-fired plants do not provide jobs and livelihood, but they take them away. The local economy where the lives of hundreds of thousands of people depended on it will be destroyed” Rivera stressed.

Ian C. Rivera Jr., PMCJ: 09174746178

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