Darlan Palencia Barcelon
According to Ms. Grace L. Cariño, DENR–5, Division Chief of Conservation and Development Division revealed today during the weekly forum “Urala-Ulay sa Kapihan” at Brick Place of the South Resto Bar.
Cariño admitted that the request sent to their office by the management of DMCI was denied in favor of preserving the mangroves.
The request made by the DMCI is to seek permission to undertake cutting of mangroves to pave way for the construction of wharf of in Barangay Tugbo, Mobo,Masbate, she explained.
The decision not to allow is in consonant to the core mandate of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to protect, preserve the mangrove reserve under the Ridge to Reef concept, Cariño added.
There are 7,500 hectares of shorelines all over Bicol region that needs to be rehabilitated under the National Greening Program, she ended.
DMCI project to set-up a coal fired power plant in Barangay Tugbo, Mobo, Masbate is being strongly opposed by pro-environment advocates in Masbate.
The oppositors argued that clean coal is a myth, they demand that there are potentials and are viable sources of renewable energy in the province such as wind and solar generation are available options.