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Bataan youth hold mass action vs coal-fired plants


LIMAY, Bataan: Thirty young men and women, joined by some adults, held here on Sunday a sit-down protest against the operation of coal-fired power plants in Bataan while questioning the cutting of trees along the Roman Highway.

The protesters silently held various placards in front of coal-fired power plants in Limay town.

“Ako na nakabalot ng itim ay simbolo na ang planta ng coal ay nag-eemit ng maruming usok at napupunta ito sa komunidad na malapit sa planta. Nadadamay ang mga tao na naninirahan sa komunidad (I am wrapped in black to symbolize that coal-fired power plants emit hazardous smoke that find its way to communities near the plants. It affects all those living in the communities),” Jewong Capatoy, coordinator of Young Bataenos Environmental Advocay Network (YBEAN), said.

He recalled that in January 2017, an ashfall allegedly coming from a coal plant affected residents of Barangay Lamao in Limay.

Jess Dizon, YBEAN spokesman, said they were holding the sit-down strike as part of the observance of the weeklong Global Climate Strike, from September 20 to 27.

He added that others who joined the protest came from various schools and communities that were affected by the presence of the coal-fired power plants.

Dizon said they were pushing for renewable energy for generation of electricity.

She added that there are three coal-fired power plants operating in Bataan — two in Limay and one in Mariveles — and there are alleged plans for more plants in Barangay Lusong and Barangay Biaan in Mariveles.

Dizon said the electric power consumption of Bataan is only 30 to 60 megawatts and yet 740 megawatts are generated by the Limay plant and 660 megawatts by Mariveles.

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