Marcos pushes for renewable energy sources
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., flag bearer of the Federal Party of the Philippines, is convinced that going green and harnessing renewable energy sources will be effective ways to solve the problem of the still high cost of electricity in the country.
Marcos said that in addition to lowering electricity tariffs, the use of renewable energy could greatly help to preserve the environment and natural resources of the country, and therefore to solve the problem of climate change and the global warming.
He said it is time to re-examine the various alternative energy sources which he believes will be of great help to Filipinos if utilized.
“What we will use are natural energy sources. We will no longer use coal. We will no longer use fossil fuels. We need a replacement and renewables are available,” Marcos said.
Marcos said high electricity costs have discouraged businessmen from investing in the country.
“This has been a constant sticking point with all of our investors, not just foreign investors, even local investors. When you ask entrepreneurs who want to build a factory, who want to build a factory, that’s what they complain about. They say their power is too high,” he said.
He said what is needed is committed and dedicated leadership that has the political will to shift from the traditional use of coal and fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy.
Marcos cited as an example the success of the Ilocos wind farm, which provides a significant volume of the province’s energy needs.
There is also a 20 megawatt solar power plant in Bgy. Pagudulan, town of Currimao benefiting about 26,000 families.
Marcos said a bid from a South Korean company for the rehabilitation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) should also be considered.
“Let’s look again. We have BNPP. There are so-called sister factories because Westinghouse made them here in the Philippines. They did something in Korea that was exactly the same. The design is almost the same. Everything is custom-made, but the core technologies that will be used in BNPP and made in Korea are very good,” he said.