Hope for the
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Even as Bacolod City was celebrating its MassKara Festival with thousands of visitors and local residents letting down their hair to have fun, its mother province, Negros Occidental, also had great reasons for celebrating virtually on the same days.
This is because of the confirmation of the investment of a whopping $60 million in the bio-mass industry of the province, specifically this time in the San Carlos City ecozone.
This will certainly perk up the operations and expansion of the San Carlos BioPower Inc. as well as enable our province to utilize what used to be considered merely as agricultural waste. This is also topped by the fact that the province will then be able to produce clean and renewable energy, which we all badly need.
The other positive from the assurance of the investment from the businessmen from Germany, who have come to the province is the possibility of also funding at least two more bio-mass plants of 18-megawatt capacity, and the two areas being eyed are the cities of Bago and Cadiz.
The projects are also very timely in view of the fact that the Secretary of Energy himself has warned of a serious power shortage in the province in three to four years. The estimated time for the completion of the San Carlos BioPower plant is 2013.
This development is therefore like an answer to our prayers for an energy source that will meet the expected deficit and, perhaps, also reduce not only power costs, but also our dependence on expensive providers.
Let us therefore welcome, and thank our German friends for choosing our province for these projects, and urge those who will be their local counterparts to make sure that they earn the confidence of their new partners to ensure a continuing relationship based on trust and goodwill.*