By Freddie G. Lazaro
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur – Senator Loren Legarda cited local government units (LGUs) that have committed to pursuing resilient and sustainable development by shifting to the use of clean and renewable energy sources.
Legarda, chairperson of the Senate committee on climate change, particularly hailed the local government of Negros Oriental for declaring that it will go coal-free.
Through Executive Order 9, the Negros Oriental government declared that it “will cease the use of coal as an energy source due to the posing impacts of its high carbon emissions on health and global climate.”
This meant that the local government of Negros Oriental will not issue any permit, authorization, or endorsements that support development and operation of coal-fired power plants. This is also in support of the national government’s commitments in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
“I laud the local government officials of Negros Oriental for choosing the sustainable path and for taking a huge step towards ensuring that the country meets its commitments in line with the Paris Agreement. But more than our international commitment, going coal-free means ensuring livable communities today and for the future,” said Legarda, UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience and UNFCCC National Adaptation Plan Champion.