The Tugaska Davao del Sur (Tingog Ug Gugma Alang Sa Kinaiyahan- Davao del Sur, has started airing protests against the building of a coal-fired power plant by the Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) in the Municipality of Malalag in Davao del Sur.
In a statement released yesterday, Tugaska called on Local Government Units(LGUs),environment groups, the church, and the people of Malalag and its neighboring towns to come together and fight the putting up of a coal power plant in the said town.
The group said that the mining firm will use the power plant in running its machinery, separating water and mineral ores from tailing pipes in its mining Area of less than 5percent of the lands' worth which is pegged at 1 million pesos per hectare.
It is said that the firm will start using the land after the initial payment.
However, if Sagittarius Mines Inc. ceases its operations and discontinues use of the land, the company will return the land to the owners which, by that time, would no longer be usable;
Report from Ben Arche, dated March 10,2010." Group Rejects Coal Plant in Davao Sur".