Borneo-Mindanao power interconnection pushed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) – A Borneo-Mindanao power interconnection has been pushed to allow the Philippines to take in the cross-border electricity market under the ASEAN Power Grid that envisions to put the region under a single power grid by 2030, Mindanao Development Authority executive deputy director Romeo Montenegro said. Montenegro said in an interview […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsJul 12th, 2018

Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project still on track, NGCP assures

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 August) – The development of the P52-billion Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP) is still on track only two years short before the 2020 target completion date of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to bring the entire country under one power grid. NGCP communications and public affairs officer Michael Ligalig said […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project still on track, NGCP assures

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 August) – The development of the P52-billion Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP) is still on track only two years short before the 2020 target completion date of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to bring the entire country under one power grid. NGCP communications and public affairs officer Michael Ligalig said […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

Goodbye BBL, Hello Federalism

COTABATO CITY – For the third time around, majority Christian lawmakers in the House of Representatives are expected to reject the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL being pushed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014. Instead of BBL, lawmakers are now pushing for a federal form of government and President Rodrigo Duterte is also strongly advocating the shift to federalism, an advocacy he made even before when he was the mayor of Davao City. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also said Duterte’s priority now is to change the form of current government and this can only be achieved through amendments in the Constitution which lawmakers are currently working on. There was also a proposal to hold a plebiscite next year in time for the mid-term elections for Filipinos to decide whether to accept or reject federalism. But there are also many lawmakers who wanted to cling to power and extend their term of office until 2022 when voters would have to choose their leaders in national elections. BBL Duterte has previously backed the BBL and expressed optimism that the draft law will pass the scrutiny of Congress that previously opposed it – during Arroyo and Aquino’s presidency. But Duterte himself has been campaigning for BBL and federalism even before he won the presidency in 2016. And his political allies in Congress are supporting the proposed shift from the current presidential system to federalism, and not the BBL. The MILF, whose ageing leaders, called for the passage of BBL may be overridden by Duterte’s plans to grant regions autonomy through federalism. It said the administration of Duterte should immediately work for the passage of the BBL where the Aquino government left off. It stressed that the negotiation is completed following the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the MILF and government peace panels. Politicians questioning the BBL said the provisions in the draft law remain the same.  Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat, who was one of those who opposed the BBL during the Aquino administration citing unconstitutional provisions in the draft law, is again raising the same issue. Unconstitutional In a previous statement, Lobregat made it clear, he will be vigilant and consistent with his stand with regards to the BBL. “I am for peace, I am not anti-peace, but we need a Bangsamoro Basic Law that is just, that is fair, that is acceptable, feasible and more importantly, it should not be contrary to the Constitution and existing laws,” he said. He said the BBL which the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted to Duterte still contains the same and even more contentious and questionable provisions. “Among the contentious provisions in the present version of the BBL is that there will be six plebiscites – one for ratification of the law, and second the periodic plebiscite every 5 years for a period of 25 years in the cities, municipalities and other geographic areas outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which did not join the Bangsamoro after the ratification of the BBL,” Lobregat said. Lobregat, who was also former mayor of Zamboanga City, said Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) was the predecessor of the old BBL filed during the previous 16th Congress. The MOA-AD was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2008 describing the process that led to its crafting as “whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary and despotic.” He said the MOA-AD and the BBL have similar provisions, with some unconstitutional and controversial provisions. “Instead of promoting peace, there will be a constant tug of war on the political boundaries that will promote instability. The Bangsamoro will try to expand its area of jurisdiction and in turn, the local government adjacent, surrounding or neighboring the Bangsamoro will also fight tooth and nail in order to retain their territory,” Lobregat said. Lobregat said he will again be active and vigilant in the committee deliberations, plenary debates and caucuses to ensure that the interest of Zamboanga City and the rest of Mindanao are protected. Davao del Norte Representative and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s ally in the lower chamber, said the country’s push for federalism has almost the same concept of the BBL. “The BBL will be absorbed by the federal form of government, because that’s the same. The concept of BBL is the same in federal form of government,” he said, suggesting an amendment in the Constitution. “How can you implement the provisions of the BBL without amending the Constitution? You cannot do it because there are provisions in the BBL that run contrary to the provisions of the Constitution,” said Alvarez. MILF’s rival group, the Moro National Liberation Front under Nur Misuari, has strongly opposed the government peace talks with the MILF, citing a 1996 peace accord with Manila. And Misuari, who eventually became government of the Muslim autonomous region, is now facing rebellion charges for deadly attacks in Sulu’s Jolo town and in Zamboanga City in 2001; and another raid in 2013 in retaliation to government’s failure to fully comply with the peace agreement. Under the accord, Manila would have provided a mini-marshal plan in the restive region and livelihood and housing facilities for thousands of MNLF rebels. Misuari, a close friend and political ally of Duterte, also wanted to become a perpetual regional governor. He is also […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Power ‘oversupply’: Mindanao’s happy problem

By Victor V. Saulon Sub-editor When stakeholders in Mindanao talk about their power situation these days, among their concerns is electricity oversupply and their plan of action after overcoming years of power outages and thinning capacity reserves. “I’m pleased to say that we’ve already started the ball rolling. We are fast tracking interconnection projects such […] The post Power ‘oversupply’: Mindanao’s happy problem appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

More renewable energy sources for Mindanao pushed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 July) – The National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) said it wants more green energy firms to invest in Mindanao to reverse the current power mix of Mindanao by having more renewable source than non-renewable. During the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) public consultation at the SMX Convention Center Davao Wednesday, National [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 26th, 2017

A SOJOURNERS VIEW: Mindanao as Land of Promise: A Dream Revisited

Three wise men at the top of the political power structure of the Republic of the Philippines: will it truly make a difference for the Mindanawons who have been pushed to the margins in the life of this Republic which for so long was ruled by Manile.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 28th, 2016

President’s overwhelming public support best defense vs destabilizers – Palace

Malacaang on Monday expressed confidence that "power-hungry" destabilizers would not succeed in overthrowing President Rodrigo Duterte, who enjoys the public's "overwhelming support." "We are confident that we enjoy overwhelming support from the people and therefore what these groups would want to see --- the ouster of President Duterte --- would not happen," Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. Roque made the remarks as the military confirmed the existence of "Red October," a purported plot to remove the President from office next month. Military disclosure The military disclosed the plot to unseat the President as it pushed for the creation of a national task force t...Keep on reading: President’s overwhelming public support best defense vs destabilizers – Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News6 hr. 35 min. ago

Understanding key to embracing solar rooftops in Mindanao

Electricity consumers need to carefully evaluate their options and look for an experienced partner who can offer better solutions amid the slew of solar panels available in the market, Jose Rafael Mendoza, general manager of AboitizPower’s newly formed business unit, Aboitiz Power Distributed Energy Inc. (APX), said there are still many things to understand about rooftop solar technology in spite of its growing popularity......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated News17 hr. 22 min. ago

Mindanao Consumers paying too much for electricity from coal power plants

Consumers in Mindanao who are supplied by coal power plants have been paying too much for their electricity. The reason is that distribution utility companies (electric cooperatives and investor-owned DU’s) have been imprudent in contracting for power supply from coal power plants. For instance, MORESCO2 in Northern Mindanao paid probably the highest rate of around P21.00 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for their loads in excess of the base load requirements in July 2018. That’s because MORESCO2 used power from the FDC Misamis coal plant to supply their intermediate and peaking loads. (This is termed “above-baseload” power supply in the simulation. Please refer to the Table: Cost of Coal Power Supplied to MORESCO 2 Consumers, July 2018)......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Mindanao to benefit from OLBARMM, federalism – Chinese envoy

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Sep) – People’s Republic of China Consul General in Davao City Li Lin said Mindanao is facing a rare opportunity for growth with the signing of the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM) and the proposed federal form of government being pushed by the Duterte […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Rx for Global Competitiveness – How Solar Power Can Curb Normin’s Rising Power Rates

Solar power may now appear to be more expensive per kilowatt hour. However, when used properly, it is much cheaper than electricity from coal fired power plants and can be used to reduce rising electricity rates in Northern Mindanao. The Mindanao Coalition of Power Consumers (MCPC) and their allies have been advocating the construction of solar PV plants in Mindanao since 2011 but so far the power industry has failed to exploit this resource to curb the rising costs of electricity in the island......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Forum seeks answers to rise in CEPALCO power rates

A forum on the Mindanao Power Situation has been scheduled this week to shed light on the unprecedented rise in the prices of electricity in Northern Mindanao, especially in the franchise area of the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Co. (CEPALCO) which covers Cagayan de Oro City and the municipalities of Tagoloan, Villanueva and Jasaan, Misamis Oriental......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Updated Apple system takes on smartphone addiction

SAN FRANCISCO, USA – Apple's polished iPhone line-up comes with tools to help users dial back their smartphone obsessions, amid growing concerns over "addiction" and harmful effects on children. An iOS 12 mobile operating system that will power new iPhones unveiled on Wednesday, and be pushed out as an ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Power cut as magnitude-6.4 quake hits Southern Mindanao -

Power cut as magnitude-6.4 quake hits Southern Mindanao -»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

Power cut as magnitude-6.3 quake hits Southern Mindanao

Updated @ 5:35 p.m., Sept. 8, 2018 DAVAO CITY -- A magnitude-6.3 quake shook parts of southern Mindanaoon Saturdayafternoon, causing panic, but so far there was no reported damage, according to the the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). The tremor, which was of tectonic origin, struck at3:16 p.m., with its epicenter 14 kilometers northeast of Manay, Davao Oriental, at a depth of focus of 28 kilometers. Phivolcs cautioned the public that aftershocks might follow. There were no reports of injuries as of this writing. Power outages were reported in the town of Baganga and in the city of Mati. In Davao City, some 250 kilometers west of the ep...Keep on reading: Power cut as magnitude-6.3 quake hits Southern Mindanao.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Revival of Davao-Manado flights pushed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – The plan to re-establish the Davao City-Manado in North Sulawesi direct air connectivity will strengthen the city’s position as the gateway to the 10-country Association Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) executive director Romeo Montenegro said on Thursday. “It’s a welcome development as we endeavor to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

Napocor sees multiple fund sources for Agus-Pulangi rehabilitation

THE National Power Corp. (Napocor) expects funding for the rehabilitation of the Agus-Pulangi hydroelectric power complex in Mindanao to come from multilateral lending agencies as well as China, its top official said. The post Napocor sees multiple fund sources for Agus-Pulangi rehabilitation appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Solid North to form alliance with Hugpong Party, says Imee

  DIGOS CITY --- Expect the Marcos bailiwick in the so-called Solid North to join forces with the Duterte power base in the South in next year's midterm elections, according to a daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.   Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos was referring to a likely alliance between northern Luzon politicians under the Marcos wing and the rising Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP) Mindanao regional party of President Duterte's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.   Marcos, a consistent face in Hugpong gatherings, finally joined the HnP on Monday. She was sworn in by Mayor Duterte, along with presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.   Th...Keep on reading: Solid North to form alliance with Hugpong Party, says Imee.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Food, fuel costs push up inflation

Higher food, fuel and transport costs pushed inflation nationwide to 5.7 percent last month, the fastest rise in over five years, the government said on Tuesday. Surging inflation reduced a family's purchasing power of P10,000 last year to only P9,430 last month. In Metro Manila, prices of basic goods and services rose further to 6.5 percent, up from 5.8 percent in June and 2.9 percent in July last year. Inflation in July nationwide marked the fifth straight month the rate has breached the central bank's 2-4 percent target for this year and next, leading some analysts to believe policymakers would deliver a rate hike as much as 50 basis points on Thursday. The inflation r...Keep on reading: Food, fuel costs push up inflation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Main energy sources (by region)

By Christine Joyce S. Castañeda, Senior Researcher Coal accounted for half of electricity generated in the Philippines last year. It is the main source of energy in Luzon and Mindanao. On the other hand, more than half of Visayas’ power requirements is supplied via renewable energy. ALSO READ: • PHL to become ASEAN’s most coal-dependent economy […].....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018