Governor-elect Suarez eyes infrastructure, tourism growth in Quezon
Bats for environment-friendly power plants to prop up province
Former 3rd District representative, now Governor-elect Danilo Suarez, plans to strengthen the northern Quezon development cluster to realize the tourism potential of the island towns alongside the adjacent mainland towns of Real, Infanta and General Nakar. “We plan push through our development projects in Northern Quezon, especially the Polillo Group of Islands,” said the former minority floor leader. “Right now, I am looking at our strategies for our tourism sector regarding our island-tourism destinations, and how to improve these to further tap into our tourism potential and attract more tourists.” 24/7 power needed for growth In an ambush interview at his proclamation, Suarez said he will also look into funding allocations for roads, bridges and ports for the province in pursuit of the realization of Quezon as the “next frontier of development in Luzon.” But the governor acknowledged the need for 24/7 electricity supply in the province, specifically its island towns, to initiate new development plans with long-lasting domestic, as well as national benefits. “As the new governor of Quezon province, I will work to influence the province’s socio-economic development plans, including the construction of new power plants that are compliant with standards provided for by our laws, to address the looming power shortage, not only in Quezon, but on a national level,” he told the press in a briefing. Suarez had been a vocal advocate during his term as representative of Quezon in pressing the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to expand its network, and to improve the country’s energy infrastructure. This, he said, to provide sufficient electricity in rural areas where there is inadequate power supply. Reaching out to the church, NGOs Reminded about the energetic opposition from Quezon’s church leaders and non-government organizations, about the construction of modern power plants in the province, particularly in Atimonan and Mauban, Suarez said “our clergy must be realistic with regards to the need for energy infrastructure in the country.” “While we do not disregard their environmental concerns, we cannot be paralyzed by this fear,” he explained. “Technology is available to clean coal emissions. The transition to an entirely renewable energy structure will take time,” he said.