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NGCP committed to protect environment in host areas

By Lovely A. Carrillo

DAVAO CITY, Nov. 6 (PNA) — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has forged partnership with the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to ensure the protection and preservation of the environment, particularly on its transmission projects that traverse public and forest lands.

NGCP and FMB-DENR has agreed to conduct four city workshops in which the first leg was held in Quezon City on October 9-10. The two-day joint consultation workshop was conducted in Laoag on October 16-17 and in Cebu on October 23-24. Its last leg in Davao City was held on November 5-6.

“All of NGCP’s projects undergo in-depth review to determine the best direction with the least impact on the environment. However, it is inevitable that in the pursuit of reinforcing the power grid, we will have to traverse public and forest lands. In that event, NGCP complies with all environmental policies and with this series of workshops, we are able to address current and future challenges to NGCP’s timely environmental compliance,” Atty. Cynthia Perez-Alabanza, NGCP spokesperson said.

She said NGCP has embarked on a nationwide consultation workshop with DENR’s FMB to address environmental issues like the processing of special tree cutting and land use permits and to streamline the DENR clearance process in relation to the grid operator’s construction of new transmission lines.

NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets.

Alabanza said NGCP’s initiative for consultation workshops with FMB-DENR shows its commitment to preserve and protect the environment, particularly in areas hosting its transmission facilities. (PNA)

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