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Kidapawan mayor opposes another drilling in Mount Apo 10/11/2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Kidapawan mayor opposes another drilling in Mount Apo

10/11/2010
KIDAPAWAN CITY — City Mayor Rodolfo Gantuangco is not keen on endorsing another drilling of a geothermal well at the geothermal field owned by the Energy Development Corp. (EDC) in Barangay Ilomavis, this city.

Gantuangco said he was hurt when the EDC was granted an exemption in paying real property taxes to the city government, using as basis a provision of the Republic Act 9136, an act to order reforms in the electric power industry.

This year, the city government lost some P45 million from EDC’s non-payment of real property taxes.
As an act of ‘retaliation,’ Gantuangco said he will not support EDC’s move to drill another geothermal well at the geothermal site.

Reports said the EDC has already started paying owners of the lot, many of them tribal leaders in the area, who would be affected by the project.

The firm wants to put up another 50-megawatt geothermal plant in Kidapawan City..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20101011nat3.html

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