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Review of Napocor’s power utility ops sought

Citing recurring power outages not only in Luzon but also in Mindanao, a lawmaker called yesterday for a review of the operations of small power utility groups of the National Power Corp......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 24th, 2023

ERC rushes review of petition to solve UCME woes

The Energy Regulatory Commission is rushing to review petitions of the National Power Corp. to solve the present crisis in missionary areas of the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2023

Death in the Lopez empire

Spanning a media conglomerate that brought to millions of Filipinos opioids like Ang Probinsyano, the well-loved tearjerker Maala Mo Kaya, famous celebrities like Anne Curtis; a once-upon-a-time power monopoly; a water utility company and many other businesses including the now forgotten BayanTel, the Lopez business empire used to be the most powerful conglomerate in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2023

Napocor eyes private sector partnership for RE deployment

The National Power Corp. is seeking private sector partnership to accelerate deployment of renewable energy in the far-flung and off-grid areas of the country......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2023

Pitfalls of power dynamics: Nanahimik Ang Gabi review

Power dynamics take center stage in Shugo Praico's film "Nanahimik Ang Gabi" starring Heaven Peralejo and MMFF 2022 Best Actor winner Ian Veneracion......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 31st, 2022

Meralco, ERC ask CA to deny SMC request for TRO

Manila Electric Co. and the Energy Regulatory Commission have asked the Court of Appeals to deny the temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction being sought by another unit of San Miguel Global Power to prevent further increase in electricity prices......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2022

Napocor joins list of outstanding GOCCs

The National Power Corp. has been named among the outstanding government-owned and controlled corporations in the country based on the 2021 corporate governance scorecard......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 15th, 2022

End to Benguet power co-op leadership crisis sought

The National Electrification Administration has been urged to resolve the leadership issues at the Benguet Electric Cooperative......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 11th, 2022

Review of policies on OFW insurance sought

The Insurance Commission should review its existing framework that restricts firms from selling policies to overseas Filipino workers amid the limited social protection for the sector......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 6th, 2022

Napocor urged to consider use of nuclear power

Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla has asked the National Power Corp. to consider the use of nuclear energy to strengthen the country’s power sector......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 18th, 2022

South Korea’s Halloween crowd surge: What we know

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is investigating the exact cause of a deadly crowd surge that killed 154 people at a Halloween event, as public outrage grows over perceived policing and crowd control failures. A man offers a flower at a joint memorial altar for victims of the deadly Halloween crowd surge, in Naksopyeong, near the district of Itaewon in Seoul on October 31, 2022. ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP What went wrong and why did so many people die at the first post-pandemic Halloween party in Seoul’s popular Itaewon nightlife district? Here is what we know: What’s going on? The government promised a “thorough and transparent investigation” into the exact causes of the deadly crush in Itaewon, and police said Monday they had launched a task force and started the probe. They’ve deployed forensic experts, seized footage from 50 security cameras in the area, and interviewed scores of witnesses, victims, and workers at nearby stores, according to a senior police officer. How did it happen? Typically, a gathering of over 1,000 people has to submit “safety management plans” to the government in advance for review by police and fire departments. But in the case of the Itaewon Halloween festivities, there is no designated event organiser — individual bars, clubs and restaurants simply hold their own events and people flock to the area. Just weeks before, a “Global Village Festival” was safely staged in the exact same streets — but it was an organised event sponsored by local authorities. As a result, it had “effective crowd control with many police officers and district office staff in charge”, said Kim Min-kyu, who runs a currency exchange shop near the site of the accident and saw both events. Police have admitted to lapses in their real-time management of the event. “Police officers on the scene didn’t detect a sudden surge in the crowd,” Hong Ki-hyun, chief of the National Police Agency’s Public Order Management Bureau, told local reporters. Why was it so bad? Experts say the crowd crush could have been prevented with proper preparation, But they admit things have gotten more difficult after years of pandemic-related lockdowns. “Everywhere in the world event organisers are struggling with the post-Covid crowd,” said Eric Kant, a crowd safety specialist who runs the Phase01 Crowd Management. “A lot of visitors are new with partying, they are indeed very excited, and maybe do not understand risks very much,” he added. Key risk factors for crowd surges are “unrestricted entry” of people into a small space, and “no ticket sales” which means organisers have no exact estimate of demand, experts say — all of which happened at Itaewon. “This is a recipe for disaster in mass gatherings,” crowd safety expert Milad Haghani of the University of New South Wales told AFP. Even for the Halloween event — a public gathering with no tickets — authorities could have been actively managing the situation to prevent overcrowding. “On the day, this would mean monitoring the numbers, at the very least,” said John Drury, an expert on crowd psychology at the University of Sussex. “It would also mean a public information campaign beforehand to discourage such large numbers attending.” He warned that psychology studies show people actually seek out “objectively dangerous levels of density” at events, and organisers need to be aware of this risk. Who is to blame? So far, no one has been held accountable, even as public anger flares at the government and police for their apparent lack of oversight. Top-ranking officials have brushed off questions about taking responsibility, saying the priority is currently on helping the victims and dealing with the aftermath of the accident. Much local criticism has focused on the police — but experts say they are not necessarily at fault. “We should remember that the primary role of the police is generally not crowd management,” said Martyn Amos, a professor at Northumbria University who works on crowd simulation. “It’s possible to manage an event largely using stewards, with the police there to ensure public order and to deal with criminal activity,” he told AFP. What happens next? The government is under immense pressure to resolve this quickly — and properly. The opposition Democratic Party has already slammed the government’s handling of the event, and will likely push for resignations once the national mourning period ends on November 5. The Itaewon crush could deal another blow to President Yoon Suk-yeol’s popularity ratings — already at record lows. There is also a possibility that the disaster, if mishandled, could become a major political liability for the government. In 2014 then president Park Geun-hye was in power during the sinking of the Sewol ferry in which 304 people — mostly school children — died. She was widely criticised for her handling of the incident. The issue lingered over her presidency until she was impeached three years later over a corruption scandal......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 31st, 2022

Meralco to procure additional power supply for summer 2023

Power utility giant Manila Electric Co. is targeting to procure 180 megawatts of baseload supply and 300 MW of peaking requirements to beef up its electricity supply during next year’s dry months......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 30th, 2022

Alternergy, Basic Energy start wind resource review

Renewable energy firm Alternergy Holdings Corp. and listed Basic Energy Corp. have started assessing wind resources in their respective planned wind power project sites......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 26th, 2022

Government urged to support Napocor’s request for additional budget

An electric cooperative is calling on the national government to support the National Power Corp. (Napocor)’s bid for an additional budget to mitigate the impact of soaring fuel prices......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 26th, 2022

Senate review on free internet, distance learning laws sought

As some schools continue to implement blended and distance learning, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian seeks a Senate inquiry on the implementation of two laws designed to help ensure reliable internet connection and continuous learning during emergency situations......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2022

Napocor expects power problem in remote areas

State-run National Power Corp. expects power problems in missionary areas in the country to worsen should fuel prices continue to soar, especially with its budget for next year slashed by nearly 30 percent......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 20th, 2022

Napocor to tap P5 billion credit facility

State-run National Power Corp. is looking to tap a P5 billion credit facility from the Land Bank of the Philippines after securing a favorable opinion from the Department of Justice (DOJ), allowing it access to banks’ credit lines to support its operations......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2022

Napocor can now get credit lines from banks

The Department of Justice has allowed state-run National Power Corp. to borrow from banks to support its operations......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 27th, 2022

Congressional review of medium of instruction in schools sought

MANILA - A lawmaker on Thursday said the second Congressional Commission Education (Edcom II) should reexamine what medium of instruction to use in Philippine schools in line with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s proposal to use the English language to teach students.In a statement, Camarine.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 18th, 2022

Minority senators agree on proposal to amend EPIRA

MANILA - The two-member Senate minority bloc committed on Monday their support to review and amend Republic Act (RA) 9136, or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA).It is one of the legislative agenda mentioned by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in his first State of the Nation Addres.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 8th, 2022

Minority senators agree on proposal to amend EPIRA

MANILA - The two-member Senate minority bloc committed on Monday their support to review and amend Republic Act (RA) 9136, or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA).It is one of the legislative agenda mentioned by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in his first State of the Nation Addres.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 8th, 2022