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Gov. Garcia allots relocation site to affected Limay residents

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BATAAN CAPITOL – Bataan Governor Albert S. Garcia, on Friday, announced the “good news” that a modest relocation site shall be allotted for Sitio Pex site residents affected by the operation of a coal power plant in Barangay Lamao, Limay town.

The announcement was done during the multi-partite monitoring team (MMT) meeting held at the Bulwagan ng Bayan here led by its chairperson, Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (EMB-DENR) regional director, Lormelyn Claudio.

“I already talked to a private housing developer and I told them we are willing to enter into a public private partnership project to build a suitable residential area for these affected residents,” Garcia said.

The meeting is in connection with the environmental and health issues being tackled since last month, while formulating solutions in series of consultations and data gathering to address the complaints.

The group, Claudio said, continues to find ways to come up with “win-win solutions” for both sides and for the company to move forward in their development efforts to provide more energy to the Luzon grid.

SMC Global Power and Petron Bataan Refinery officials were also present along with other representatives from concerned agencies like the DENR, Limay municipal government and other sectors. The complainants’ representatives were also present.

Bataan 2nd District Congressman Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia III was also present in the meeting.

“Isa sa mga permanente at karapat dapat na solusyon ay marelocate yung mga residente, understandably, industrial yung area kaya hindi talaga siya suitable for residential living,”    

The residents welcome the idea and said they will need formal talks with Governor Garcia, Limay LGU and the SMC management for the details of their relocation efforts.

Garcia also assured the residents that SMC is willing to extend some financial assistance for other expenses that will arise in the course of their transfer to the relocation site.

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