Executive Order signed Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. titled, “An order declaring the province of Negros Occidental as a source of clean and renewable energy and a coal- free province” was brought out last Wednesday.
A Provincial Renewable Energy Council will also be established to promote renewable energy programs in the province.
As stated in the order, “Negros Occidental shall continue to pursue clean and renewable energy projects, opposing the entry or establishment of any coal-fired power plant.”
Earlier Wednesday, students approached the provincial capital in Bacolod City to disapprove of the proposed coal-fired power plant in San Carlos City. Negros Island has been a proponent of renewable energy in the Philippines, hosting solar, hydro, biomass, and geothermal energy power plants.
Last year, Gov. Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental spearheaded declaring the province as coal-free. While two other provinces in Negros Island joined Ilocos Norte, Guimaras, Sorsogon, Masbate and Ozamiz City as coal-free areas in the country.