Now is the time to start efforts to harness nuclear and renewable energy to address the perennial probem of brownouts, Sen. Robinhood “Robin” C. Padilla said Thursday.
Padilla said it would take much time and finances to plan the location and operation of power plants, especially those that use nuclear power.
“Kasi ang preparation pa lang niyan, ang tagal na. Di naman po yan paguusapan natin ngayon bukas magtatayo tayo ng nuclear power plant. Ang habang study niyan, kailangan niyan alamin pa natin kung saan ilalagay para di matamaan ng fault kasi kung mamaya pabigla bigla tayo kung san ilalagay yan yun pala sa ilalim noon may fault (The preparation phase for such facilities will take time. We cannot just say we will build a nuclear plant tomorrow. It entails much study, including the location of the facility to make sure it does not sit on top of a fault),” Padilla said in an interview with media.
“Pero kailangan na natin ngayon dahil ang issue ngayon mataas ang kuryente, kulang ang pagdala ng kuryente sa tao. Ang solusyon lang po talaga diyan nuclear power plant (More importantly, we need to start now because electricity rates are so high. The only solution is to harness nuclear power),” he added.
Padilla noted that had the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant which was built in the 1970s been commissioned and not become a “casualty” of politics, the country would likely not be dealing with problems involving electricity.
On the other hand, Padilla said building such facilities will require foreign investment – thus the need to revisit the Constitution to ensure more foreign investments.
“Kailangan natin talaga baguhin (We need to amend some provisions in the Charter),” he said.
Senator Robin Padilla is the second action star that made it to the senate. The first action star who got elected was former senator Lito Lapid.