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Dumaguete City, Philippines Friday, April 15, 2016
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‘Expert opinion' sought
on EDC power project

Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete has clarified that the Church still has no “formed opinion” regarding the proposed expansion project of the Energy Development Corporation in Valencia, Negros Oriental.

He said the diocese plans to bring in experts that can provide more inputs on the proposed expansion project at the geothermal plants in Valencia.

The EDC has applied for an Environmental Compliance Certificate from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as it seeks to expand its Southern Negros Geothermal Project by 60 megawatts.

Cortes pointed out that while the EDC and DENR have already conducted a public hearing on the proposed expansion project there is still a need for them in the diocese to hear further “scientific” expertise on the proposal.

Up to now, the diocese has no official stand or a formed opinion yet on the matter, Cortes said.

The Dumaguete prelate disclosed that the diocese will be inviting experts over to speak to the clergy, first about the Holy Father, Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, the Laudato Si and on geothermal energy.

Cortes went on to say that the diocese would like to gather in that forum a deeper understanding of the impacts, effects and possible consequences of the EDC's proposed expansion project.

The diocese is awaiting word from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines as to when this gathering will be, as the CBCP has the links to the experts, Cortes said.*JFP


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