Nuclear plants are safest, cheapest sources of energy- Cojuangco

May 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- Former Pangasinan 5th District Representative Mark O. Cojuangco said he still pursues his advocacy on the establishment of nuclear plants in the country, saying they are the safest and cheapest sources of energy.

Cojuangco, who was here to attend the 50th birthday celebration of City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV, explained that the Philippines will be needing more sources of power energy by 2030, doubling the present need to 15 gigawatts.

“Wala tayong pag-asang umangat lalo na sa industriya at agrikultura kung hindi maaksyonan kaagad ang kakulangan ng elektrisidad sa bansa,” Cojuangco said.

He said other countries in the world have already been using nuclear power plants for more than 50 years and yet the people have not rejected them.

“ I am glad that there are provinces in the country that are responsive to the use of nuclear plants. There are now three provinces in Mindanao including General Santos City that signified their willingness to have nuclear plants in their areas. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Zamboanga del Sur has already passed a resolution supporting nuclear power plants and the provinces of South Cotabato and Davao del Sur will follow suit,” he said.

Cojuangco dispelled the fears that nuclear power plants are hazardous to the environment.

“ If we will look at what happened in Japan during the tsunami last year which destroy one nuclear plant, not even one casualty was reported to have been caused by the nuclear plant. Most of those casualties were either hit with big objects or have been drowned because of the rushing of tsunami,” Cojuangco explained.

Cojuangco also said that he is still bent on pursuing the commissioning of the mothballed BataanNuclear Power Plant .

“It is still under moratorium while waiting for the official report from Japan. Tuloy ang aking adhikain na mabuksan ito para sa mga mamamayan at ang mga taong bayan din mismo ang gagawa ng desisyon,” he clarified.

Asked why President Aquino is not supporting as of the moment his advocacy, Cojuangco said “the evidences reaching him on the viability and safety of nuclear power plants are still not enough”.

Meanwhile, 5th District Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco, who was with him to greet Mayor Perez, said the Reproductive Health Bill that she was advocating in the House of Representatives is still being pursued by most of the legislative members.

“ It was just overtaken by events like that of the impeachment of Chief Justice (Renato) Corona and the Scarborough Shoal stand off with China, but still it will be the priority bill that will be tackled once the Congress will open on May 7,” she said.

The lady solon further said that she is not against the position of the Catholic Church on the Reproductive Health Bill but said the Church should also respect the positions of those advocating it.

“We have the same objective to help the poor Filipino people. The bill, if approved, will not be coercive but will give choices to couples and individuals,” she said.

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