Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said the coal-fired power plant being planned for Cadiz City should be built as Negros Occidental needs additional power to draw investors in.
He said those protesting against the project do not know what they are talking about as new technology keeps coal power clean now.
Taiwan, Japan and the Unites States that have even stricter environment safety rules than the Philippines, have coal-fired power plants, he pointed out.
There are also coal-fired power plants operating in Iloilo and Cebu without any problems, he added.
On charges that coal plants will pollute the environment and damage the health of people living nearby, the governor said then there should have been people suffering from health problems in Iloilo who would have died by now if that was true.*CPG