Local group expresses support for RP Energy; urges ERC to act on pending PSA

Subic Bay Freeport – The Cawag Tribal Association has urged the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to act on the power supply agreement Redondo Peninsula Energy, Inc. (RP Energy) that has been pending with the commission since April 2016.

The Cawag Tribal Association is an association of over 100 members of Aytas from Zambales who are currently residing in Brgy. Cawag, Subic.

In a letter addressed to the ERC Commissioners, Tribal Chieftain Juanito Balosbalos expressed the group’s support to the planned 2×300-MW power plant of RP Energy in Barangay Cawag, Subic, Zambales.

The letter dated August 2 acknowledged the pending approval of the PSA that RP Energy has been waiting to be able to proceed with the power plant.

“This is the reason why we are calling for the urgent approval of the said PSA,” Mr. Balosbalos said in Filipino.

He added that he even represented the Cawag Tribal Association in the hearing for the PSA in November last year.

Mr. Balosbalos emphasized that RP Energy has long been providing services and initiating projects that will improve the lives of the tribal group.

“We believe that the success of RP Energy will also be the success of the residents in our area. In fact, even with the plant yet to be constructed, RP Energy already has a lot of programs that benefit our barangay,” he said.

As an important stakeholder for the project, Mr. Balosbos believes that the ERC will consider the request and support coming from the Cawag Tribal Association. (Dante M. Salvana)

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