AGHAM Party-list President Angelo Palmones appealed to Palawan Gov. Jose Chaves Alvarez to stop a proposed coal-fired power plant in Southern Palawan town of Aborlan, which will affect some 1,000 students of the Western Philippine University (WPU) and the environment.
Alvarez earlier announced that the scholarship grants to at least 1,000 students will be stopped after the WPU opposed to the the proposed 15-megawatt coal-fired power plant contracted to DMCI Powers Inc. by the Palawan Electric Cooperative.
“Don’t punish the students, save their future,” AGHAM Partylist President Angelo Palmones said.
Alvarez will cut the scholarship of the students for WPU’s position opposing the project, which will be fed by low-grade Semirara coal from DMCI’s coal mines in Antique, Panay.
Alvarez said the students who would lose their scholarships should transfer to another state school, the Palawan State University (PSU).
But if the project takes effect, students will lose their scholarships and the environment will be destroyed, the WPU said.
Last year, the provincial government and WPU signed a memorandum of agreement for the scholarship program at the WPU campus where Alvarez is asking for support for the project.