House forms special committee on nuclear energy

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 9) — The House of Representatives created a Special Committee on Nuclear Energy, placing long-time nuclear energy advocate and Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco as its chair.

The 25-member committee will prioritize development of nuclear energy as a reliable, cost competitive and environment-friendly energy source, the representatives discussed in the Tuesday session.

Ako po bilang halal na chairman ng bagong likhang special committee on nuclear energy ay nangangako na mailalabas ng committee ang lahat ng buong katotohanan tungkol sa nuclear energy,” Cojuangco said.

The solon added that he plans to show how nuclear energy could play an “important part” in solving the country’s need for a cheaper, cleaner and reliable electricity source.

The panel will also handle all laws and regulations related to nuclear power, ensuring it is consistent with state policy on freedom from nuclear weapons.

With this move to create a special committee, the House Committee on Energy is left to handle only matters on traditional, alternative and renewable energy.

In his first State of the Nation Address in July, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. reiterated his position to reexamine the government's strategy to build nuclear power plants in the country aside from re-evaluating renewable sources. 

During the campaign period in January, Marcos claimed the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was ordered shut because of political reasons.

He then backed calls for the revival of the said power plant built during the administration of his father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

The move to create the special committee was motioned by Ilocos Norte District 2’s representative and Marcos Jr.’s son Sandro Marcos.

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