DAVAO City First District Rep. Paolo Duterte. PNA FILE PHOTO
DAVAO City First District Rep. Paolo Duterte urged the Marcos Jr. administration on Friday to make the Agus-Pulangi hydropower complex a top priority if it hopes to make the Philippines a “global leader” in addressing climate change while also providing Mindanao with a safe and dependable energy source.
Duterte said restoring the Agus-Pulangi power plants’ old facilities will make the country move faster toward using low-emission energy sources and fulfill its pledge to aid the international community in preventing the harmful effects of climate change.
“This long-term measure will eventually reduce Mindanao’s reliance on coal and accelerate our shift to clean energy sources,” Duterte said.
Duterte made his statement in response to Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s recent pronouncement before a high-level Group of Twenty (G20) forum that the Marcos administration will continue to pursue a “whole-of-nation” approach in mitigating climate risks. Diokno also said the country is committed to being a world leader in the fight against the climate crisis.
“The infrastructure boom in Davao City and other parts of Mindanao has led to the emergence of many growth centers on the island. This means a corresponding increase in the energy we need to power our residential, commercial and industrial developments,” Duterte said.
“Thus, we expect the current administration to push through with the repair and rehabilitation of the Agus-Pulangi plants to ensure reliable power supply in Mindanao now and in the years to come.”
In his upcoming first State of the Nation Address, Marcos is expected to discuss his administration’s climate change agenda and long-term goals to lessen the nation’s reliance on crude oil.
The Agus-Pulangi complex is made up of seven hydropower plants and has an installed capacity of 1,001 megawatts (MW). But only 600 to 700 MW are accessible due to outdated facilities.
The rehabilitation of the plants was planned in two stages by former president Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. It is anticipated that the first phase, which involved the restoration of four units, would produce 417 MW. The remaining plants would make up the second phase of the redevelopment which would produce an additional 512 MW.