Sarangani coal plant under fire

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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.

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  1. BAKIT HINDI NINYO ITANONG KAY ADOLF HITLER PNOY ALAM NAMAN NIYA IYAN AH. . SIYA ANG NAGPATAYO NIYAN ALAM NAMAN NIYA ANG COAL FIRED POWER PLANTS AY NAG RESULTA NG 1,000 DEATHS PER DAY HINDI LANG IYAN KAHIT ANO MAN SABIHIN NI ADOLF HITLER PNOY NA MALINIS DAW EH SIYA PA RIN ANG PROMOTER NG VIOLATION NG CLEAN AIR ACT SIYA ANG BAGBIGAY SA ATIN NG 18 COAL FIRED POWER PLANT ITINAYO LAST YEAR AT NGAYONG 25 ANG ITATAYO NAMAN. HINDI LANG IYAN PASALAMATAN NINYO SI ADOLF HITLER PNOY DAHIL PUMUNTA SIYA SA PARIS, FRANCE DOON SA MEETING NG COP 21 PARA HUMINGI NA LIMOS PARA DAW MAIBSAN ANG EPEKTO NG CLIMATE CHANGE SA ATING BANSA. NAKAKAHIYA ANG KAPAL NG MUKHA PURO KAGAGOHAN

  2. There is alternative to coal-fired source of energy if the government will only use its power to imperatively required foreign and local capitalist to invest into renewable source of energy. Solar and wind turbines are clean source of energy that must be enhanced if the government is really serious in promoting preservation of the environment and welfare of the people. Mining and Coal-Fired companies are the source of continued devastation of our mountains and hazard to the livelihood of the people in the area of operations. It’s like unbridle wildfire engulfing our nation.