TeaM Energy cleans Sual River

February 10, 2014 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – The TeaM Energy, owner and operator of the 1,200 MW coal fired power plant in Sual, “adopted” the Logolog River, the subject of complaint by residents who claimed that the river was already heavily silted by ash from the plant.
Greggy Romualdez, TeaM Energy’s head of external affairs, said the power station has “responded to the call” of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to implement the Logolog Riverbank Rehabilitation Program in partnership with the various stakeholders in the community.
The program involves cleaning and clearing of the parts of the river’s stretch and dredging of the Logolog dam, and stabilizing the eroded slopes through engineering controls and tree planting.
Romualdez said the program was in support of DENR’s Adopt an Estero program which seeks the help of private companies to clean up esteros in their areas.
“Since there is no estero in the town, we decided to adopt the Logolog River instead,” he said.
The clean-up of the river has started this January, as called for a memorandum of agreement between the DENR, TeaM Energy, the local government headed by Mayor Roberto Arcinue, and the villages of Baybay Sur and Pangascasan which are traversed by the river.
Romualdez said the river’s siltation was not caused by ash deposits from the plant but by erosion caused by kaingin system in upland areas.
“Our monitoring showed that the plant do not contribute to the siltation of the river or of the agricultural land,” he said.
Earlier the Mabilay Danum Farmers Irrigators Association in Sual complained about waste materials coming from the plant into the river and the agricultural lands of the town. The farmers said some parts of the river has been heavily silted that they can wade on it during low tide, and that the rice fields near the river have hardened because of ash deposits, resulting in lower rice production.
The 5.5 kilometer river (main stream) originates from upland areas at the western side of the power station and discharges towards the Pao Bay of the Lingayen Gulf. It is used for fishing purposes and livestock watering. The Logolog Dam provides water to irrigate ricefields in the downstream portion of the watershed.
The TeaM Energy likewise inked an MOA with the Department of Education for the implementation of the Lakbay Aral project which involves the conduct of lectures and plant tours among high school students, the ecological solid waste management program, the safe water for schools project and the Araw ng mga taga Sual kids project that provides educational materials and special education classes in Sual.

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