Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Dalaw-Turo Team Leader Janeth Salazar explains to the students the different environmental laws in the Philippines during the information drive campaign last August 23.
Atimonan One Energy, Inc. (A1E) conducted two more information, education, and communications (IEC) sessions last August 23 bringing the total number to nine this year.
A total of 80 students from Atimonan National Comprehensive High School and Malinao Ilaya National High School participated.
Called Malayang Talakayan, Angat Kaalaman, the campaign aims to bring awareness on the different environmental laws and programs in the country and updates on the planned 1,200-megawatt (MW) high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal-fired power plant in Brgy. Villa Ibaba.
The campaign is executed in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Dalaw-Turo Team and Atimonan Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO).
Most of the concerns raised by the students who attended the latest activities were related to health and environment.
A1E explained that the project will utilize HELE technology, similar to those used in coal projects in other countries like Japan and Malaysia. Such power stations use less coal to produce more electricity, which makes it more efficient and more environment-friendly.
A1E’s plant will also install anti-pollution devices including electrostatic precipitators and flue gas desulfurizer to ensure that the plant’s operations will have no adverse impact on the environment.
The company’s activities throughout the pre-construction, construction, and operations phases are to be overseen by a multi-partite monitoring team (MMT), composed of representatives from different government and community sectors including the Department of Energy, Atimonan Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office, Atimonan Rural Health Unit, Atimonan Municipal Agricultural and Fishery Council, Brgy. Villa Ibaba, and Philippine Coast Guard.
A1E’s Malayang Talakayan, Angat Kaalaman campaign will continue in reaching out to more stakeholders in the barangays and schools to increase awareness among Atimonanins and provide updates on the status of the project and its benefits to the community.