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Coal plants 'must monitor air quality'

February 17, 2016 By TAR A YAP

ILOILO CITY — The Department of Environment and Natural Re­sources (DENR) is calling on two coal­ fired power plants in Panay Island to be transparent in their air quality monitoring. To achieve that, DENR Regional Director for Western Visayas Jim Sam­ pula said the Panay Energy Develop­ment Corp. (PEDC) in Iloilo City and Panay Concepcion Power Corp. (PCPC) in northern Iloilo province must install real­ time air monitoring devices. The devices must be connected to the Environmental Management Bu­reau (EMB) regional office for direct access to air quality index. Sampulna said President Duterte wants coal ­fired plants to utilize newer technologies to ensure that they fully comply with the Clean Air Act. DENR is strictly monitoring the two plants in the light of DENR Sec­retary Gina Lopez's campaign against mining firms that violate environmen­tal laws. DENR also urged the two plants to conduct continuous health surveys to ensure that their operation does not harm surrounding communities. "The needs of the people must be taken into consideration. We need to balance profit with environmental pro­tection and sustainable development," Sampulna said. PEDC and PCPC supply electric­ity to Panay, Negros, Cebu, and Leyte islands. PEDC is a subsidiary of Global Busi­ness Power Corp. (GBP), and PCPC is a subsidiary of A Brown Co. Inc. and Jin
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