Statement of Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza on the Proposed Executive Order including Nuclear Power in the Philippine Energy Mix
The disasters in Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukushima, are powerful albeit sorrowful reminders of the risks of nuclear power that we need not expose Filipinos to. All three accidents happened in states with far more advanced technology, infrastructure, and experience than ours. For this reason, I am greatly concerned with the proposed Executive Order that is said to be drafted by Secretary Al Cusi which would include nuclear power in our energy mix.
Instead of empowering our people, energy from nuclear activities threatens human life and the lives of creatures big and small. We hope and pray that President Rodrigo Duterte will not turn back on his word in the 2019 SONA which charged the DOE with the task of promoting renewable energy, a cheaper and safer source of energy compared to the possible holocaust risked with nuclear power.
We urge President Duterte not to sign this Executiv Order and instead remind Secretary Cusi to make renewable energy our primary source of electricity. This is what would truly be beneficial for our people, and would also serve as a concrete act of care for our Common Home.
Most. Rev. Gerardo A. Alminaza, D.D.
Bishop, Diocese of San Carlos
Vice Chairperson, CBCP-NASSA
March 4, 2020