Aeta tribe approves Subic energy project


SUBIC BAY FREEPORT ZONE: The Aeta tribe of Pastolan has approved the construction of a $200-M renewable energy project of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and a Chinese firm to be located within an 800-hectare area in Mount Sta. Rita, part of the Aeta ancestral domain here. Aeta tribal chieftain Conrado Frenilla and Aeta elder Bonifacio Florentino signed a memorandum of agreement last Friday with SBMA Chairperson Roberto Garcia and Jobin SQM Inc. President Nancy Tan for the implementation of the said project. Moreover, Tan gave the Aeta leaders a check for P1 million representing the company’s donation to the tribe. Frenilla and other members of the Aeta tribal council said they would deposit the donation in their ancestral domain fund which they use to launch various community projects. The energy project is expected to produce 150-megawatts of combined solar and wind energy.


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  1. One million peso is peanuts. This Aeta tribes are hunters and gatherers, this tribal leaders are ignorant and do not have a clue of what they have just done. They just sold the future of their entire tribe for a lousy one million peso.