Power company vows to comply with Ilocos Norte ordinance

After failing to construct a landing ramp in the coastal village of Bayog, this town, the Northwind Power Development Corp., now on the third phase of constructing six additional wind turbines along the Bangui Bay, a wind power farm is set to post a bond to comply with Ilocos Norte’s newly-approved ordinance mandating all business investors to submit a detailed list of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects prior to endorsement.

Chief executive president Ferdinand Dumlao said recently the bond, amounting to about P4.6 million, will be directly deposited to the Ilocos Norte government the soonest possible time to minimize delay of transporting three more wind turbines to complete the third phase of the total 51-megawatt Bangui windmill project.

Earlier, the Burgos local government through Mayor Cresente Garcia was quick to stop a private contractor, Scan Global Philippines Inc., commissioned by the Northwind to construct a landing ramp in Burgos town due to several environmental issues, threatening an established fish sanctuary near the area.

According to Dumlao, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) granted SGPI a permit to construct the jetty in Burgos town.

However, the contractor was prompted to transfer the construction to Pasuquin town, which was found more feasible to land the barges without compromising the environment.

Although the landing of initial barges in Pasuquin town was successful, the PPA temporary put on hold SGPI to land the last two barges needed by Northwind in view of the Ilocos Norte government’s intervention that the latter must comply first with the CSR ordinance.
Following a meeting with the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan the other day, Dumlao clarified it was never the intention of the company to disregard the CSR ordinance of the province should it had been communicated to them earlier.

Dumlao said Northwind was never informed of the CSR ordinance nor even invited to a public hearing during the passage of said law.

Nonetheless, he said the company is much willing to comply to avoid any further delay and avoid incurring financial losses to the company.