ILOCOS Norte Governor Imee Marcos is pushing for the government to go all-out in producing electricity through renewable energy and not be too dependent on imported oil.
“We always say petroleum is imported, that we can’t do anything. (Actually) we can do something, we can produce something like produce our own electricity,” Marcos said.
Marcos made the statement with RMN Cebu as she proudly said that Ilocos Norte is not depending now on imported petroleum for their electricity consumption with their natural energy sources such as the famous Bangui Wind Farm and solar farm.
“Like we did in Ilocos Norte. We have windmills, we have solar, we are going to start hydro combining them para di maging intermittent,” Marcos said.
She said renewable energy is not only cheap, it is also clean and can be a source of additional income for the government by making energy farms as tourist destinations.
“Sa madaling sabi, ang kuryente di kami dependent na import ng import na napakataas ng langis. Napakamahal ng langis na inuubos pa ang foreign currency. Gumagawa kami ng sariling kuryente namin so di kami dependent sa importation. Dapat mangyari yan sa buong Pilipinas. Nakakita na ako sa Guimaras, Pililla sa Rizal, so I think its possible to do,” she explained.
On the issue that wealth and powerful oil companies will be affected if we resortto renewable energy, Marcos said that the government must consider what is really good for the public.
“Ay sorry na lang makakabuti naman sa marami, so I think there should be legislation or we have to amend or look at the Energy Act, review the different amendments so makita natin kung paano ba talaga,” Marcos insisted.