Published July 22, 2017, 10:00 PM
Non-government organizations (NGOs) of Atimonan, Quezon, lauded the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) after it committed to act on the power supply agreement (PSA) between Atimonan One Energy, Inc., and Meralco within three months.
Upon its approval, Atimonan One Energy will begin 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 Batasang Pambansa, together with the local government and other leaders 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), and Livelihood Program of Atimonan Tricycle Association, Inc., and Farmers Federation.
Greg T. de Gracia, chairman of SMM Baltak who spoke on behalf of the Atimonan group said, they are happy at the result of their visit to ERC and their participation in the congressional hearing.
“We are pleased by what the ERC commissioners had to say, as they promised to act on the PSA for the power plant within the next three months,” he said.
“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 Atimonanins,” he added.
From the moment Atimonan One Energy decided to build a power plant in the area, its support given to the community has been greatly appreciated by the Atimonanins. With the help of big projects like this, Atimonan will become a progressive municipality like Mauban and Pagbilao, which already have existing coal fired power plants, De Gracia said.