Industry group airs concern over delay of Subic power proj
Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star) - June 23, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - The Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) has raised concern over the issuance of a Writ of Kalikasan by the Supreme Court on a power plant project in Subic, citing this could have negative effects on the economy.

In a statement, it said it is has concerns on the Writ of Kalikasan issued on Redondo Peninsula Energy Inc.’s (RP Energy) 600 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Subic.

“While the FPI supports the noble intent of the Writ which is a legal remedy for the protection of the people’s constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology, the Federation’s concern is that in cases involving non-polluting industries especially those still in the investment stage and still non-operational, the lack of clarity in the Writ has resulted in serious harm to the economy,” the FPI said.

Section 16 of Article II of the Constitution provides that the State shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology.

RP Energy’s project has been stalled pending the resolution of a writ issued by the Supreme Court.

The Writ of Kalikasan was issued following a case filed by environmental groups which oppose the project.

The Department of Energy has said earlier that RP Energy’s project is needed to prevent having tight power supply in Luzon by 2016.

RP Energy is a consortium composed of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) Power Generation Corp., Aboitiz Power Corp. and Taiwan Cogeneration International Corp.

“FPI fears the adverse impacts on the country’s economy with the precarious power supply situation in Luzon,” the FPI said.

The FPI said it has held discussions with the Philippine Judicial Academy for suggestions to strengthen the Writ without unnecessary prejudice to Philippine economy.

“Among others, there already exist adequate environmental laws and regulations which the executive branch is mandated to comply with,” the FPI added.

 

ABOITIZ POWER CORP DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FEDERATION OF PHILIPPINE INDUSTRIES FPI LUZON MANILA ELECTRIC CO PHILIPPINE JUDICIAL ACADEMY POWER GENERATION CORP SUPREME COURT WRIT OF KALIKASAN
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