Mayor Gustilo Denies Request of Bioethanol Plant to Resume Operation

Sitio Maloloy-on shows effluent coming from SCBI Plant              (Center) City Mayor Renato Y. Gustilo with (L-R)
                                                                                                       CEMO Sr. EMS Engr. Arthur A. Batomalaque and
                                                                                                       City DRRM Officer Joe Recalex C. Alingasa Jr during
                                                                                                       the inspection at So. Maloloy-on, Brgy. Punao

San Carlos City Mayor Renato Y. Gustilo rejected the call of the San Carlos Bioenergy, Inc. (SCBI) for the resumption of its operation today, Feb. 23.
Gustilo said he will not grant their request unless they drain their ponds of spent wash after he inspected their waste water storage yesterday afternoon and saw their holding ponds full of said liquid waste which already spilled along the coastal area of the city.
Engr. Arthur Batomalaque, Senior Environment Management Specialist of the City Environment Management Office said that the bioethanol plant has a 16-hectare pond that holds its 700 to 1,000 cubic meter of daily effluent.
He added that representative of the SCBI has set another appointment with Mayor Gustilo today, Feb. 23 to talk about the issue.
The SCBI which started operation in 2008 is the first regenerative combined cycle power plant in Asia using sugar cane that produces 42 million liters of bioethanol per annum and 8 megawatt of electricity from sugar cane.
Said plant was temporarily shut down upon the order of Gustilo starting Feb. 19, 2021 with a warning that he will recommend for the issuance of a cease-and-desist order to the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources should they fail to settle said violations.