National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has capped its nationwide consultation workshops that aimed to boost awareness on the environmental issues usually faced by the country’s power grid operator.
In compliance to environmental policies, NGCP launched a nationwide series of consultation workshops, particularly on the processing of special tree cutting and land use permits.
The workshop, which is a joint project of NGCP with Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Forest Management Bureau (FMB), aimed to address encountered environmental issues as well as streamline the DENR clearance process in relation to the grid operator’s construction of new transmission lines.
“DOE [Department of Energy] commends NGCP and DENR for this initiative, as the adequate supply and timely delivery of power is crucial to the energy industry. Through this consultation workshop, we see the start of the convergence between the private and public sector to address environmental issues and improve necessary processes to answer the many challenges in the power sector,” DOE Director Irma Exconde said.
NGCP, through its Environmental Management Division, said that it held the consultation sessions with the FMB given the concerns on its transmission projects that traverse public and forest lands.
The special tree-cutting and special land use permits awarded to NGCP will enable the grid operator to clear areas where transmission lines and facilities will pass through, upon submission of environmental requirements and prior clearance from DENR.
“All of NGCP’s projects undergo in-depth review to determine the best direction with the least impact on the environment. However, it is inevitable that in the pursuit of reinforcing the power grid, we will have to traverse public and forest lands,” lawyer Cynthia Perez-Alabanza, NGCP spokesperson, specified.
“In that event, NGCP complies with all environmental policies and with this series of workshops, we are able to address current and future challenges to NGCP’s timely environmental compliance,” she added.