- From his Social Contract with the Filipino People: President Aquino promised to go “from a government obsessed with exploiting the country for immediate gains to the detriment of its environment to a government that will encourage sustainable use of resources to benefit the present and future generations.” (Source)
- From a press released issued by his office on 21 April 2010: “Through strict enforcement of existing environmental laws like the Clean Air, Water, and Solid Waste Acts, coupled with sound mechanisms to ensure compliance, an Aquino administration believes that the Philippines can become more climate-change adaptive.” (Source)
- From his speech at the launch of the National Renewable Energy Program: “We want to pave the way for the maturity of our renewable energy sources such that we can provide predictable, affordable, and fair electricity pricing for each and every Filipino.” (Source)
The Department of Energy (DOE) “has approved at least 16 coal projects nationwide…that far exceeds the aggregate number of coal projects approved by previous administrations.” (Source)
These coal-fired power plant projects were approved with the full knowledge that power generation, the majority of which comes from highly polluting energy sources including coal and petroleum, contributes 41.8% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the Philippines. (Source)
In spite of President Aquino’s public commitment to promoting renewable energy, the DOE “has awarded 313 renewable energy service contracts but to this day, not one has been developed.” (Source)
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