business.inquirer.net 16 Jan, 2017
San Miguel Corporation plans to build power plants in the Western Mindanao southernmost island chain, an area where lack of economic opportunities have helped banditry and a four-decade-old Muslim insurgency fester. The SMC plan is in response to the government’s call for greater investments in this region. The plan is to construct three 58-MW coal-fired electricity generation plants, one each for the island groups of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. The planned power facility would use the latest circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology to reduce emission and help protect the ecosystem of the islands.