La Carlota Gov’t lifts CDO on Roxol ethanol plant

The City Government of La Carlota in Negros Occidental lifted on December 5, the Cease and Desist Order (CDO) it issued against Roxol Bioenergy Corporation, a subsidiary of listed integrated sugar and ethanol producer Roxas Holdings, Inc.

AT THE SIGNING CEREMONIES held in Taguig City are RHI’s officials: EVP/COO for Sugar, Mr. Arcadio S. Lozada, Jr. (third from right); CFO/EVP for Finance Celso T. Dimarucut (third from left); CACI VP/GM Esteban H. Coscolluela (second from right); and AALCPI’s officers: President Roberto J.Cuenca (fourth from left); Dave Alba (first from left); Gerro Locsin (second from left); and Nonoy Alonso (first from right).*

In a letter to RHI’s EVP/Chief Operating Officer for Ethanol, Mr. Luis O. Villa-Abrille, La Carlota Mayor Luis J. Jalandoni III said: “The lifting of CDO is based on the results of our inspection and verification of the mitigating measures that you have implemented and committed to implement since the time of closure and onwards.”

The city government issued the CDO on November 16 on reports of an obnoxious odor reportedly emanating from Roxol.

Mayor Jalandoni also noted that the Joint Inspection Team will conduct random and mandatory inspection and monitoring of Roxol’s facilities to ensure that incidences where residents near the plant complain of obnoxious odor are prevented.

Roxol, for its part, assured the city government and the residents that it remains committed to ensuring the health of the people and in protecting the environment.

Last week, hundreds of residents from five out of the seven puroks in Barangay Nagasi, La Carlota availed of free consultation during a medical mission that was jointly sponsored by Roxol, RHI and sugar subsidiary Central Azucarera de la Carlota, Inc.

A total of 363 beneficiaries, composed of children, adults and senior citizens, were provided proper medical attention and medicines during the event.

Roxol, with its parent, RHI, and fellow subsidiary, CACI, turned over four nebulizer machines and one sphygmomanometer to the barangay, together with boxes of nebules, multivitamins and medicines for cough and fever relief.*(PR)


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