By Dennis Abrina | People’s Journal
More than meeting present needs, fulfilling future requirements.
The true measure of an industry’s commitment to community service and development is its ability and willingness to stay, stick around for the long haul.
It is not only about liberating host communities from the bondage of underdevelopment; it is also about empowering and including them into the mainstream of society and the economy.
And an energy firm is showing the way one community at a time
Atimonan One Energy, Inc. recently initiated a three-day workshop to help local officials of Brgy. Villa Ibaba in Atimonan, Quezon come up with a barangay development plan.
The plan gives local officials a more solid roadmap on how they can maximize the benefits that the residents would get from a 1,200-megawatts high-efficiency, low-emission coal-fired power plant that A1E will be building in the area.
Under the ER 1-94, power plant developers are mandated to allot one-centavo per kilowatt-hour of its electricity sales to its host communities which they can use for electrification of communities that have no access to electricity, environment enhancement, livelihood, reforestation and watershed management, and health-related projects.
More than P80 million is expected to be remitted to the host communities – from the region up to the resettlement area — through ER 1-94 each year.
Of the total, Barangay Villa Ibaba is expected to get an allocation of about P17 million.
The barangay is also expected to benefit from A1E’s payment of local taxes.