ILOILO CITY, 16 March(PIA)—The Global Business Power (GBP) has been compliant of environmental laws and of its corporate social responsibility, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The DENR-6 recently sat in consultation and validation with the officials of the GBP-Panay Energy Development Corporation, which operates the 167.4 MW clean coal-fired power plant.
The PEDC is one of the largest power plant investments in Panay Island.
In that validation, DENR-6 Jim Sampulna said they had seen the operations of the GBP which uses the latest technology called Circulating Fluidized Bed that helps the corporation achieve lower emissions of pollutants.
“The DENR-6 team has seen how the company took care of its “adopted” communities by implementing activities as part of their social development program,” Sampulna added.
The DENR noted that GBP corporation has been implementing some programs, like Adopt-A-Health Center that provides trainings for health workers among others; Bulig-Tuon, which finances for 159 elementary and 86 high school scholars; and, put up an organic vegetable garden that is managed by the Ingore Power Association.
Moreover, it has planted a total of 72,500 trees and 9,750 mangroves in support of the government’s National Greening Program.
As an off-shoot of the validation, the DENR and the GBPC have agreed to install an automatic real-time ambient air quality monitors that would connect to the office of the Environmental Management Bureau.
The DENR said it is very necessary for power plants to comply with the National Ambient Air Quality Guideline Value in areas where they operate. (JCM/ESS/PIA-Iloilo)