IN the Philippines, the grim reality is that people find it impossible to start even a small business due to the high cost of electricity.
Not only that. Reports also said that many foreign businessmen are reluctant or refuse to invest in the Philippines because of this.
Many quarters believe that it’s time to discuss the pros and cons of utilizing nuclear power in this nation of more than 100 million people.
Without doubt, it is certainly heartening to know President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s change of heart towards nuclear energy.
Suspended Sen. JV Ejercito welcomed the reported plan of Duterte, the first Mindanaoan to hold the top political post of the land, to tap nuclear energy to augment the country’s power supply.
“Yes, nuclear (energy) is controversial, but it might just be the missing component for genuine economic growth and development,” said Ejercito, a son of ex-President Joseph “Erap” Estrada.
For his part, Sen. Win Gatchalian is against plans to revive the multi-billion-peso but mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in the absence of an intensively-researched national nuclear policy.
Gatchalian urged the Department of Energy to first commission a feasibility study on the prospects of utilizing nuclear power in this impoverished Southeast Asian nation of election-crazy people.
“We cannot jump into nuclear energy on a piecemeal basis. This feasibility study…will be critical in objectively assessing the merits of adding nuclear power to our energy mix,” he said.
For now, the Filipino people can only wait while our leaders, including members of Congress, discuss the pros and cons of reviving the highly-controversial Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.
But in the view of many, addressing the high cost of energy is a step in the right direction which we, without second thoughts, applaud.