(The Philippine Star) | Updated July 23, 2017 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - Non-government organizations (NGOs) from Atimonan, Quezon recently lauded the swift action of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on the power supply agreement (PSA) between Atimonan One Energy Inc. and Meralco within the span of three months.
The PSA is currently pending approval, after which Atimonan One Energy can begin its construction of a 1,200-megawatt ultra super-critical coal-fired power plant in Barangay Villa Ibaba.
Last July 4, various NGOs went to ERC and in Congress, together with the local government and community of Atimonan, to express support for the project.
Among the groups that joined together in this cause were Samahan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Balubad, Lubi, Talaba at Kilait (SMM BALTAK), Barangay Tanod Federation, OFW Federation, Carinay Homeowners Association, Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI), Livelihood Program of Atimonan Tricycle Association Inc. and Farmers Federation.
According to Greg de Gracia, chairman of SMM BALTAK, who spoke on behalf of the Atimonan group, they are happy at the result of their visit to both ERC and their participation at the congressional hearing.
“We want to start this project as soon as possible because we believe that a power plant will speed up the development of Atimonan, and greatly help in uplifting the lives of Atimonanians,” he added.
From the moment that Atimonan One Energy had decided to build a power plant in the area, their arrival and support given to the community has been greatly appreciated by the residents.With the help of big projects like this, Atimonan will become a progressive municipality like Mauban and Pagbilao, which are both part of Quezon province and already have existing coal-fired power plants.