In recent years, the Philippines has proven to be a leading high-growth economy in Southeast Asia despite many missed opportunities and unreliable electrical supply. Although many economies faced challenging circumstances, the country continued to prosper on the heels of strong consumption due to high prices of electricity and growth across sectors.
In order to ensure the longevity and competitiveness of the country’s positive economic performance, focus must be given to the power situation facing the Philippines. In the near future, the projected demand for power across the industrial and consumer sectors will likely exceed the capacity forecasted by regulatory bodies. The availability of core utilities, specifically electricity, will be a key requirement in maintaining the viability of businesses across industries.
Adding to these is the need for the Philippines to be able to reduce its carbon footprint while supplying the nation with much needed electrical energy as it is a signatory to the recently concluded COP21 in Paris, France.
The Philippine government should recognize nuclear power as mandated by stipulations of COP21, moreover, as an attractive solution because of near-zero carbon dioxide lifecycle and widespread availability of uranium as fuel. At issue is the perception that public opinion rules out any serious investment in the technology. The difficulty, of course, is that concerns over the safety and security of nuclear power often make it unpopular among the public. Hence, whether the Philippine government proposes to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant or introduce a different nuclear facility in the country, public acceptability questions must be faced.
It is good to note that people in countries utilizing nuclear power are more supportive of this form of energy because they are more familiar with it, better informed and more aware of its benefits. Conclusively, those who feel informed about nuclear safety tend to perceive the risks as lower than those who feel uninformed.
It is in this light that the Nuclear Power Utilization in the Philippines Comprehensive Public Education Campaign was conceived to increase the awareness of both government legislators and the public on the enormous advantages we gain from nuclear energy.
By communicating these important messages, TWIMEDIA aims to spark dialogue at the policy level about the full value proposition of nuclear energy, the economic challenges facing the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant and potential policy solutions. The public education campaign is not intended to stipulate any particular solution, but rather to encourage everyone to contribute to the identification of steps that will enable the Philippines to springboard for adoption of nuclear power for energy and allow possible commissioning of Bataan Nuclear Power Plant simultaneously arriving at viable procedures in adapting and mitigating Climate Change across communities nationwide.