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Muslim neighbors support Aboitiz power plant


Muslim leaders from barangay Inawayan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, released a statement of support for the proposed coal-fired power plant in their area, denied reports by some organizations that their community is against the project.

In the statement, written in Bisaya, read the Muslim political and religious leaders as well as respected elders said translated “it is not true that the Muslim community in sitio Fatima, barangay Inawayan in the municipality of Sta. Cruz is opposing the project.”

“Kaming mga lideres ug miyembro sa among katilingban nagkahiusang nibarog na tabangan ang proyekto kay nitoo kami na kini usa ka dakong tabang alang sa among kalambuan na dugay na namong gi-pangandoy, (we the leaders of our community are united in supporting the project as we believe this will bring development and progress to our community, which we have dreamed for so long),” the statement read.

Among the signatories of the statement were Deputy Mayor (Muslim Affairs, Sta. Cruz) Hassan Bustamante, Ustadz Saidel dela Cruz, Imam Ibno Indanan, Barangay Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council chairman Nasser Adsaman and former barangay kagawad Danny Paraje, among others.

“Ang tumong ani na mga pamahayag mao ang pagtul-id sa mga mali og bakak sa ubang mga grupo. Kami nagpakabana sa among baruganan alang sa kaalam ug kamatuuran sa tanan. (The purpose of this statement is to correct the wrong information circulated by some groups. We are concerned and we stand by the truth for all),” the statement added.

The Muslim community in barangay Inawayan occupies a portion of one of the eight sitios in the barangay. Barangay Inawayan, as well as its neighboring barangay Binugao in Davao City have already endorsed the proposed 300-MW circulating fluidized bed project of AboitizPower.

AboitizPower has conducted two medical missions in the area, feeding programs as well as a boat race during the feast Eid’l Fitr, which was eventually copied by opponents of the proposed project a few weeks after. The winner of the AboitizPower-sponsored race was prevented from joining the race organized by anti-power plant groups.

AboitizPower has also conducted several barangat-wide and smaller consultations in the area which resulted to the overwhelming community approval of the project.

AboitizPower, through its subsidiary Therma South Inc, is investing P25-billion to build a clean coal, circulating-fluidized bed power plant in barangay Binugao in Davao City and barangay Inawayan in Sta. Cruz.

The project is aimed at providing a reliable, affordable and solution to the power crisis in Mindanao.

This, as another subsidiary, Hedcor Inc. continues to build run-of-river hydro power plants in Bukidnon, Davao del Sur and Davao City totalling 46 MW.

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