Philippines | Communities Hosting Coal Plants Learn About Coal’s Health Effects, Advocate For “Healthy Energy”


Community leaders from the municipalities of Mariveles and Limay in Bataan province called for putting an end to coal use to protect human health and the environment.

As part of its latest campaign Healthy Energy Initiative, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)-Asia, in partnership with Coal Free Bataan Movement (CFBM) and Defend Zambales (DZ), recently conducted a series of seminar-workshops on coal and health, which aimed to raise community awareness and build consensus around the impacts of coal on human health. More than a hundred community leaders and concerned citizens from the municipalities of Mariveles and Limay in Bataan and Masinloc in Zambales participated in these educational events.

The three municipalities are hosts to operating coal-fired power plants that are planned to be expanded in response to the looming national energy crisis. Currently, Limay hosts a 140-Megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to its adjacent petroleum plant, and another 600-MW plant is being constructed. In Mariveles, an existing 600-MW plant is due for expansion to produce an additional 1,200 MW capacity by 2018.

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