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BANGUI, ILOCOS NORTE  – These towering windmills help generate electricity and likewise tourism for this remote coastal town but local fishermen have reported dire effects on their main source of livelihood.

The Bangui windmills actually provide approximately 40 percent of the total rural electrification needed by the entire province of Ilocos Norte, which has a population of nearly 600,000, according to this PCIJ report.

Began in 2005, the project has been lauded for its environmental benefits since the windmills require no fuel, do not emit greenhouse gases and produce no waste that contributes to global warming.

But these famous gigantic structures have been affecting the livelihood of fishermen in Purok Suyo.

Nakakabingi ang lakas ng ugong sa ilalim ng tubig tapos nabawasan ang mga isda kaya mahirap (The rumbling sound under water can be deafening and we are also harvesting less fish now) ,” laments fisherman Jimmy Yabuc, when asked how the windmills affect their daily catch.

Read more… Iconic windmills produce electricity but less catch for Bangui fishermen via loQal.ph


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