Coal-free Ilocos Norte eyed

LAOAG CITY — Moving towards a clean and green energy future, Ilocos Norte is poised to sustain the growth of renewable energy here while discouraging the use of coal-fired electricity among others for health and environmental reasons.

According to Provincial Boar member Mariano Marcos II, there has been no proven system or technology yet that is not harmful to the environment. But as technology advances, Ilocos Norte hopes to be the pioneering province to phase out coal use by transitioning to a hundred percent sustainable renewable energy consumer.

As home to various wind, solar and hydro power projects in the country, Marcos has proposed the declaration of Ilocos Norte as a clean, green and coal-free province.

“Just to be consistent, we need to become clean all the way,” he said.

In a draft resolution proposed by Marcos at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, he said Ilocos Norte’s strategic location attracts a number investment opportunities on power generation and a whole lot more.

However, the entry of cement factory in Ilocos Norte has long been opposed in the province due to its environment impacts at all stages of the process of cement manufacturing.

However, to ensure that the province maintains its state as the renewable energy capital of Southeast Asia, the provincial board member proposed that a multi-sectoral forum be conducted to gather several inputs from stakeholders and come out with concrete action plan to further promote province as investment hub for sustainable environment. PNA/