Is the Philippines ready to embrace Nuclear Energy?

Sitting on a 389-hectare protected land at Napot Point, Morong, Bataan, at the Luzon island, the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) . It was built to withstand a magnitude 8.0 earthquake. It was South East Asia's first nuclear power plant, having been completed in 1986.The administration under Ferdinand Marcos Sr. decided to build the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant comprising of two 600 MWe units in 1973, as response to the energy crisis sparked by the Middle East oil embargo.

However, the BNPP was never put into operation.

Now with climate change issues turning the tide in favour of nuclear power across the world, on top of another energy crisis lurking again, solons are looking into activating the 37 -year-old nuclear power plant that has never been used.

In 2022, The Philippines’ House of Representatives has established a special 25-member committee to focus on nuclear energy.

Congressman Mark Cojuangco, then Special Committee on Nuclear Energy’s designated chairperson, pledged to inform the Philippine public on nuclear’s benefits.

Through Alpas Pinas, he continues on to lobby for clean energy source from nuclear power plants. He pushes for the country to use the bataan nuclear power plant so that Filipinos can finally produce cheap energy and eventually be able to make electricity rates affordable for everyone.