Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Billboard -

NE of the prime com­mit­ments of the Go­tia­nun­led FDC Util­i­ties, Inc. (FDCUI) is the es­tab­lish­ment of a man­made for­est in Misamis Ori­en­tal which will soon be re­al­ized, as FDC Misamis Power Cor­po­ra­tion (FDC Misamis), a whol­ly­owned sub­sidiary of FDCUI, re­cently inked a Mem­o­ran­dum of Agree­ment (MOA) with the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources - En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Bureau (DENREMB) in Re­gion 10 and Barangay Sam­bu­lawan for the firm’s Car­bon Sink Pro­gram.

The first phase will be sprout­ing within a 20-hectare land area in Barangay Sam­bu­lawan, El Sal­vador City.

The pri­mary pur­pose of the project is to help se­quester car­bon emis­sion to main­tain the air qual­ity in the prov­ince.

“This is more than just for com­pli­ance pur­poses,” stressed FDCUI Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Juan Eu­ge­nio L. Roxas, re­fer­ring to one of the con­di­tions stip­u­lated in the En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­pli­ance Cer­tifi­cate (ECC) granted by DENR-EMB to FDC Misamis for op­er­at­ing a 3 x 135-MW cir­cu­lat­ing flu­idized bed ther­mal coal power plant in Vil­lanueva town.

“Rather, the project, along with other so­cial de­vel­op­ment pro­grams the com­pany is im­ple­ment­ing, is FDC’s sim­ple way of giv­ing back to Min­danao.”

DENR-EMB Re­gion 10 Di­rec­tor Sab­dul­lah Abubacar tagged the pro­gram as a cru­cial one at the height of Pres­i­dent Duterte’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Pres­i­dent Duterte, un­der­scored Abubacar, re­ally wanted to in­dus­tri­al­ize the coun­try but, at the same time, ad­dress global warm­ing.

“FDC Misamis’ car­bon sink pro­gram, there­fore, is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the firm’s real com­mit­ment to pro­vide the power Min­danao much needed, but with in­tent to re­duce car­bon foot­prints in the coun­try by 70 per­cent.”

Dubbed as the “En­vi­ron­men­tal Guru” of Min­danao, Abubacar said that, in the en­tire coun­try, it is in his “turf” that car­bon sink pro­grams pros­per.

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