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Like A Mixture Of Oil And Water

It is somewhat amusing that recent developments in Catanduanes could be likened to a mixture of oil and water. On one side, an ore magnetite extraction and coal mining, while on the other side are renewable energy plants - hydro and wind.

These power plants in the pipeline right now, will provide us with clean cheap source of energy harnessed using natural elements. A cheap power would encourage industrialists to invest in manufacturing plants in Catanduanes to process our raw materials like the abaca, which is as of now, abundant in our island. Eventually this will make every Catandungans to have a reason to be proud of.

Economically, renewable energy plants will substantially reduce our reliance to expensive crude oil that fuels our double digit inflation.

On one side, mining would strip our forest cover, dredge our seabeds, affect our wildlife's natural habitat, displace some farms and fishing grounds. And worst, flood related stress and increased anxiety levels would no longer be alien to lowlanders during heavy rain.

In addition, the taxes that would be paid by the mining company to our municipal treasury would only end up as a budget for strengthening our river dikes to protect us from floods, annual rehabilitation of bridges and road repairs because it would be plied by very heavy earth moving machines.

Two different scenarios of development that perhaps, one day would obviously split Catanduanes apart, Northern Catanduanes on the north and Southern Catanduanes on the south, just like a mixture of oil and water.

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