MANILA - The province of Negros Occidental is now a coal-free province.
Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. signed Executive Order 19-08 Wednesday, which bans the entry or establishment of any coal-fired power plant in the province.
"The province of Negros Occidental shall continue to pursue clean and renewable energy projects, opposing the entry or establishment of any coal-fired power plant," the order said.
A Provincial Renewable Energy Council (PREC) will also be established to promote renewable energy programs in the province.
Earlier on Wednesday, students gathered at the provincial capitol in Bacolod City to oppose the proposed coal-fired power plant in San Carlos City.
Both Marañon and Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of the Diocese of San Carlos were delighted to see the support of the academe for their campaign against the use of coal in the province.
- with a report from Nico Delfin, ABS-CBN News