The increase in power rates by distribution utilities that either operate standby power generation facilities or are buying electricity from other producers for their “peaking requirement” is not “across the board”, a director of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said.
“The Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission are useless when it comes to defending the interests and welfare of the Filipino people. In fact, these government agencies are merely being used by power companies to defend their rate hikes,” the militant group, Bayan, said in a statement emailed to news organizations.
The New People’s Army in a statement admitted fault in the wounding of four provincial rescuers in their latest offensive against military forces in Bansalan, Davao del Sur
Groups commemorating the 19th year of the passage of the country’s law on large-scale mining opposed a Congress bill passed yesterday which allowed changes in the Philippine Constitution such as lifting foreign ownership restrictions.
Theater actress and activist Monique Wilson took the cudgels of some 700 small vendors who were fighting against an eviction.
The increasing need for energy globally has apparently also lead energy producers to a “fossil fuel addiction”, with coal energy becoming the “single biggest source of carbon emissions globally”, said the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission.
Government may find it an “expensive emergency measure” to put up coal-fired power plants to address the power crises in the country but more especially in Mindanao, the country’s climate change lead negotiator in the United Nations said.
A partylist lawmaker said they “fear” that the island-wide Mindanao blackout early morning today “will once again be used by the Aquino government to once again project a phantom power crisis and push or fast tract the privatization of the remaining government power assets like the Agus-Pulangi power complex.”
So many views have been advanced as attempts to interpret the significance of the People Power 1 revolt at EDSA twenty eight years ago. In the little eatery — the usual hangout corner of the local residents in my village – I overheard this interesting discussion-
Costs remain steep for kidney patients such as Alfredo, a 61-year old farmer who was brought by his family all the way from Tulunan, North Cotabato to a private hospital in Davao.