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SAGADA, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE- Engr. Rufino Bomas-ang urged community leaders in Sagada and Besao, Mountain Province to support the proposed windmill farm along Pilao- Langsayan Ridge on the boundary of the two towns, during two separate public consultations with renewable energy firm PhilCarbon on March 2, 2013.



“I believe in the project,” stressed PhilCarbon’s chairman, who is a native of Besao and an alumnus of St. Mary’s School (SMS) of Sagada in his talk at the Besao Multi-purpose Coop Building during the town’s Ubaya Festival. Later the same day, he reiterated the same conviction during another dialogue with the elders of Sagada at the St. Joseph Inn.

During the consultations, locals raised concerns on possible water supply diminishing, farm animal harm, health problems, and environmental hazards. Among the attendees were Gueday Barangay Captain Paul Casiwan, retired teacher Soledad Belingon,, and Besao Vice Mayor Harry Baliaga.  Also in attendance were Doctor Leoncio Carlin, a native Sagadian and former Medical Director of St. Luke’s Hospital who is currently based in Ohio, USA, and Professor Andrew Bacdayan, another native Sagadian with a Master’s degree in forestry and a Ph.D in economics and is currently a retired professor based in Texas, USA. Both Dr. Carlin and Professor Bacdayan expressed support for the wind farm. 

In response to the various concerns raised, Bomas-ang talked about the company’s responsibilities prescribed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and community benefits that PhilCarbon is providing over and above what the law requires.

He denied environmental, agricultural, and health threats saying windmills are safe as evaluated by international standards.

“Nu dati ay um-a, um-a met laeng (crop farms will still be crop farms even with the windmills),” responded Bomas-ang when asked if wind turbine blades would scare cows away.

Bomas-ang also showed a video clip of windmills in other countries along the shoreline and on top of mountains to give the locals a better picture of windmills.

Ruth Yu- Owen, President of PhilCarbon, explained to the locals the distribution of taxes and other benefits as mandated by laws. 

SAGADA, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE- Engr. Rufino Bomas-ang urged community leaders in Sagada and Besao, Mountain Province to support the proposed windmill farm along Pilao- Langsayan Ridge on the boundary of the two towns, during two separate public consultations with renewable energy firm PhilCarbon on March 2, 2013.

“I believe in the project,” stressed PhilCarbon’s chairman, who is a native of Besao and an alumnus of St. Mary’s School (SMS) of Sagada in his talk at the Besao Multi-purpose Coop Building during the town’s Ubaya Festival. Later the same day, he reiterated the same conviction during another dialogue with the elders of Sagada at the St. Joseph Inn. 

During the consultations, locals raised concerns on possible water supply diminishing, farm animal harm, health problems, and environmental hazards. Among the attendees were Gueday Barangay Captain Paul Casiwan, retired teacher Soledad Belingon,, and Besao Vice Mayor Harry Baliaga.  Also in attendance were Doctor Leoncio Carlin, a native Sagadian and former Medical Director of St. Luke’s Hospital who is currently based in Ohio, USA, and Professor Andrew Bacdayan, another native Sagadian with a Master’s degree in forestry and a Ph.D in economics and is currently a retired professor based in Texas, USA. Both Dr. Carlin and Professor Bacdayan expressed support for the wind farm. 

In response to the various concerns raised, Bomas-ang talked about the company’s responsibilities prescribed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and community benefits that PhilCarbon is providing over and above what the law requires.

He denied environmental, agricultural, and health threats saying windmills are safe as evaluated by international standards.

“Nu dati ay um-a, um-a met laeng (crop farms will still be crop farms even with the windmills),” responded Bomas-ang when asked if wind turbine blades would scare cows away.

Bomas-ang also showed a video clip of windmills in other countries along the shoreline and on top of mountains to give the locals a better picture of windmills.

Ruth Yu- Owen, President of PhilCarbon, explained to the locals the distribution of taxes and other benefits as mandated by laws.