Majority of Filipinos support construction of nuclear power plant in PH

Majority of Filipinos support construction of nuclear power plant in PH


Most Filipinos are fully supporting the construction of a nuclear power plant in the Philippines, according to a poll conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc.


Held from June 16-22, 2022, the firm’s 2022 PAHAYAG Second Quarter Survey showed that 59% out of 1,500 registered Filipino voters respondents ‘approve’ or ‘strongly approve’ of ‘allowing’ its construction while 22% said they ‘disapprove’ or ‘strongly disapprove’.


“Our survey numbers suggest that proposals to add nuclear power to the Philippine energy mix may enjoy considerable support among the general public. At the same time, nuclear energy’s relatively high disapproval rate indicates that it could be a polarizing issue in future policy discussions,” said Atty. Aureli Sinsuat, Executive Director of PUBLiCUS.


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In March, then leading presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos said “there is no reason na bakit hindi kaya ng Pilipino na magpatakbo ng nuclear power plant” when asked about the potential revival of the mothballed $2.3 billion Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) during a one-on-one presidential interview.


“When it comes to nuclear power as an idea, well, let’s just follow the science because dito naging political sa Pilipinas. It’s also political in other places but in our particular case, the reason we have no power plant at all is pure politics. Did not really follow the science. So we have to look into it,” he remarked at the time.


In the same month, then President Rodrigo Roa Duterte released Executive Order (EO) No. 164, signed on February 28, 2022, stating that “nuclear power shall be tapped as a viable alternative baseload power source along with alternative energy resources, to address the projected decline of coal-fired power plants which come under increasing environmental opposition;”


Presently there are over 400 operational nuclear power plants in 30 countries including US, UK, China, India, South Korea and Japan among others. JOSE RONALD F. SIONGCO/GDM

- fully quoted from GDM FB Post -



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