Bohol Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado strongly opposed the proposal on the establishment of coal power plants in Bohol, citing its adverse impacts to the environment and the health of the people.
“Of all energy resources, coal is one of the most injurious to the environment and health. Further, coal by-products cause a lot of pollution which contributes to global warming and climate change,” Aumentado was quoted as saying in a Manila Bulletin report.
Aumentado batted for the passage of House Bill 3710 that aims to prohibit any personal, natural, or judicial exploration of coal or the installation of any coal power plant in the second legislative district of the province where famous tourist spots like the Chocolate Hills and Danao Adventure Park are located.
“At present, all local government units in the second legislative district are taking concrete actions to make it the first “Green District” in the province by promoting the use of renewable and efficient energy and by implementing measures for sustainable development,” he said in the report.
Moreover, he also expressed that this measure is in accordance to the province’s vision to be a prime eco-cultural tourism destination and a strong, balanced agro-industrial province with locals committed to sound environmental management.
Violations of the proposed Act shall be penalized with one to six years of imprisonment and a fine amounting from P500,000 to P3 million