The Alsons coal-fired power plant project in Maasim town in Sarangani province is under fire following reports that the coal plant is hazardous to health and destroys fish spawning grounds.
According to Sister Susan Bolanio, chairman of the HSEED Foundation Inc., the construction of the coal-fired power plant will bring tremendous health hazard not only to the residents of Barangay Kamanga but also the rest of the town.
Bolanio also said that Alsons also built its small wharf at the coastal area near the coal plant site, which cable wires from four barges can cause serious damage to coral reefs on the seabed.
An environmental advocate, Bolanio revealed their research also found no mitigation measures for the coal-fired power plant operation. Also, the project contractors altered the design for the wharf because instead of having it run 14 meters down parallel to the shore, it was constructed for only seven meters deep.
Korean-owned Dailem Philippines Inc., is the project subcontractor for the wharf estimated to cost US$250 million and nearing completion.
Coral reefs in the village’s coastal area are known to foreign scuba divers as the best home for corals in Mindanao, more beautiful than the coral reef of the marine protected area in Barangay Tinoto coastal area, also in Sarangari.