Negros Eastern governor Roel Ragay Degamo said during the State of Nature Assessment organized by non-profit environmental group Green Convergence in collaboration with the Forest Foundation of the Philippines and Energy Development Corp. that more hydropower plants in the province are expected to be installed.
Degamo said that three separate hydropower plants in the municipality of Amlan would be built with a total capacity of 5.5 megawatts, with the target and start-up date of the first two in December 2020 and the last in December 2025.
Degamo described himself as "a proponent of clean, renewable energy" and "a modest representative of the peace-loving and nature-loving people of Negros Oriental."
Degamo reiterated the position of his province against fossil fuels in power generation, with the issuing of Executive Order No. 9 in March that made the use of clean and renewable energy compulsory in all 19 municipalities and six Negros Oriental cities.
"This means that our local government will no longer issue permits, approvals or approvals that support the development and operation of coal-fired and fossil-fueled power plants," he said.
"The province is committed to not using coal as an energy source because of its impact on the environment, health and the global climate," he said.
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