Philippines | Healthy Energy Initiative Presents Health Case Against Proposed Coal Plant in Coastal Town

The Healthy Energy Initiative Philippines team of Health Care Without Harm – Asia, together with Greenpeace Philippines, presented the health case against a proposed coal-fired power plant threatening a coastal town at a Multi-agency Forum on Impacts of Energy Sources organized by Koalisyon Isalbar Ti Pintas Ti La Union (Save the Beauty of La Union Coalition) in San Fernando, La Union, Philippines.

The town of Luna, a seaside town with white sand beaches and 45 minutes north of San Fernando, has recently been alarmed with the proposed 80-billion pesos Coal-fired Power Plant development led by the Global Luzon Energy Development Corporation (GLEDC). The plan has been revealed by GLEDC and other agencies last December 2017. The construction will cover a vast 41-hectare area across Baranggay Carisquis and Nalvo Sur in the said coastal town.

As a step towards sustainability and strengthening of their campaign, the Coalition organized a Forum held April 5, 2018 at the Peoples’ Hall, San Fernando City, La Union, which gathered representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Department of Environment and Natural Resources as well as international nonprofit organizations and community organizers to talk about various environmental and health impacts of dirty energy sources like Coal.

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