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Ethanol plant to rise in Zambo soon

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga Sibugay—A P17 billion ethanol gas plant will soon be built by a consortium in the island barangays of Limaong and Tumitus here, first district  Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuno said.

Nuno said a group of investors from Metro Manila has expressed its desire to put up the ethanol gas plant in the two villages after its representatives visited and inspected the areas which they found to be very suitable for ethanol production.

The investors wanted to initially secure close to 80 hectares of rolling land  for the planting of sorghum which will then be converted to ethanol gas, Nuno said, adding that the consortium will then “invest more than P17 billion for the plant, huge tracts of land, and the seedlings for the sorghum plants.”

The neophyte legislator, who resides in the island barangay of Taluksangay, some 20 kilometers east of the city proper, said the proposed project “will certainly  help solve the highly urbanized  city’s unemployment problem while many land owners in the two areas  can also plant sorghum which they can later sell to the company.”

Nuno was informed by the investors that the ethanol gas plant will “operate 24 hours daily and will need many farm workers and security personnel for their operations” even as she was told that the company is now processing its pertinent documents required by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The project, she said, will ultimately help uplift the socio-economic growth and development of the locality and its inhabitants.

The group has also scheduled a meeting with the Zamboanga City Police Office and the Army’s Task Force Zamboanga  to thresh out security measures for the company, Nuno added.

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