We would like to express our kudos and salute to the members of the Provincial Board, presided by Vice Gov. Peter Alfaro for this bold move into making Occidental Mindoro more sustainable. It is an example that should be followed nationwide. We are also hoping that more provinces and LGUs will follow their example.Aksyon Kalikasan – Green Party of the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines — In a move to protect the environment, the Occidental Mindoro Provincial Board, presided by Vice Gov. Peter Alfaro, approved last Dec. 5 an ordinance banning coal-fired power plants.
According to a statement issued by the provincial government, the board said that they were choosing clean air and growth instead of “suffering in the near future.”
“World powered by natural gas would be healthier than a world powered by coal, but healthier still would be a world powered by renewables,” the ordinance said. “The development of cleaner fuels requires taking serious measures to reduce the severity of its urban air quality issues and considerations on the importance of transitioning to renewable sources of energy.”
Under the ordinance, the provincial government would ban the installation of any coal-power plant in Occidental Mindoro and would also regulate fossil fuels.
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