PRRD expects BBM admin would explore nuke energy

PRRD expects BBM admin would explore nuke energy


The outgoing President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has a simple wish for the energy sector now that he has seen and understood first hand the things that must be done for the country’s full economic recovery and progress.


He wishes the incoming administration to fully explore nuclar energy as an alternative source in the Philippines.


The President said there is a need to study nuclear power becaue of the country’s dependence on imported oil which is opened us to vulnerability as to its availability because of the prevailing Russia-Ukraine conflict.


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“I hope that the next administration would at least explore now the possibility of itong nuclear...Tutal ang nagumpisa nito noon si Marcos. Nagpagawa siya ng nuclear plant. (nuclear energy…After all, this started during the time of Marcos. He established a nuclear plant),” he said.

“You know oil is not infinite, may katapusan ‘yan (It has an end). Someday it will dry up, it will be good for any government to prepare the possibility of making the transition from oil, yung (to) fossil fuel, to nuclear,” he added.

He, however, acknowledged that reviving the BNPP could also spell trouble such as the 1986 explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine that released large amounts of radioactive material into the atmosphere.

“Kaya lang medyo delikado ‘to (But it is quite dangerous). You know kagaya ng sa (just like the) Chernobyl ng (of) Ukraine nagkaroon ng (there was a) leak and so there was this radiation. Mabuti na lang (Thankfully) all nations contributed to the control or fixing the Chernobyl including Russia, which is now attacking Ukraine,” he said.

In February, Duterte signed Executive Order No. 164, which would establish a nuclear energy program for the Philippines.

The EO, which outlined the national government’s position on a nuclear energy program, takes into account economic, political, social, and environmental objectives.

It also mandates the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and implement the Nuclear Energy Program as part of the Philippine Energy Plan, and coordinate with and assist the Nuclear Energy Program-Inter-Agency Committee (NEP-IAC) in performing its functions.

Earlier, presumptive President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., son and namesake of Marcos Sr., said he was looking into reviving the mothballed nuclear power plant.

He said the BNPP was ordered shut "not because of any scientific reason" but "for politics."






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