19 October 2016

Farmers group opposes ship recycling plant in Hinobaan

A GROUP of farmers is opposing the planned construction of a ship recycling plant at Sitio Salvacion in Hinobaan town.

Felipe Gelle Jr., advocacy officer of Magsasaka at Siyentista para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (Masipag)-Negros, said in a press conference Monday at the Negros Press Club office that they are concerned over the environmental impact in the area once the ship breaking plant comes into service.

Gelle pointed out the coasts of Hinoba-an and the neighboring city of Sipalay are rich in marine life, citing that the exact area where the facility will stand is home to an almost a decade old mangrove forest.

The group also expressed concern over the displacement of several communities in the area, who are making a living through organic farming and fishing.

“The residents are defending the area because their livelihood, farms, and fishing spots are on the line,” Gelle said.

“We already formed a fact-finding mission to gather data on the proposed project,” he said.

Last month, Estrao said the proposed ship recycling facility owned by Balamban, Cebu, based Tsuneishi Heavy Industries Incorporated will generate almost 3,000 to 5,000 jobs.

Estrao said the site is tagged as an industrial zone, and was previously owned by Insular Lumber Company.

Aside from the ship recycling facility, there is also a proposal to build a car recycling plant, a biomass plant, a soybean oil plant in the area, and reactivate the town’s airstrip, Gelle said.

Source: sun star. 18 October 2016

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