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Ilocos Norte bans use, production of coal

CAGAYAN, Philippines- The province of Ilocos Note has banned the use and production of coal as source of power.

In a resolution passed by the provincial board recently, the municipal local government units are prohibited in issuing permits for coal operations, making Ilocos Norte the first provincial LGU to be declared coal-free.

“No office or instrumentality of the provincial government of Ilocos Norte shall issue any permit, authorization, endorsement or any expression of support to the development of coal projects in the province,” the resolution said.

The resolution, which was passed on August last year, was authored by Board Membe and environment committee chairman Mariano Marcos II.

In a press statement of Thursday, January 13, Governor Imee Marcos said the move to declare the province coal-free is due to concerns on “possible health hazards from coal waste as well as environmental consequences.”

Marcos said she will make Ilocos Norte “livable, sustainable, and resilient” province by promoting the use of renewable energy.

Marcos said the ordinances highlighted the province as “the undisputed wind energy capital of the Philippines.”

The province hosts the 150-Megawatt Burgos Wind Power Project of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), the 81 MW Caparispisan Wind Power Station of Northern Luzon UPC Asia Corp., and the 52 MW Bangui Wind Power Project of Northwind Power and Development Corp.-Northernforum.net

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