CBCP opposes use of nuclear power in PH

CBCP opposes use of nuclear power in PH




Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi was brave enough to present in a cabinet meeting an executive order (EO) that would allow the country to include nuclear power in the Philippines energy mix.
But the idea was nixed as soon as it was made in public, an official from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has urged President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to do away with its plan to introduce nuclear power in the country’s energy sector given the dangers Filipinos may be exposed to in the event of a meltdown.

San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza said he was “greatly concerned” by Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi’s plan to have an executive order signed by Duterte that would allow the use of nuclear energy in the country to promote renewable energy, which is a cheaper and safer source of energy.
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“I am greatly concerned with the proposed Executive Order that is said to be drafted by (Department of Energy or DOE) Secretary Al Cusi which would include nuclear power in our energy mix,” San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza said in a statement.
“We urge President Duterte not to sign this Executive Order and instead remind Sec. Cusi to make renewable energy our primary source of electricity.”
The vice chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) said the disasters in Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukushima are “sorrowful reminders” of the risks of nuclear power that Filipinos need not be exposed to.


“We hope and pray that President Duterte will not turn back on his word in the 2019 SONA (State of the Nation Address) which charged the DOE with the task of promoting renewable energy,” Alminaza said.
“This is what would truly be beneficial for our people, and would also serve as a concrete act of care for our Common Home.”


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