Stop-gap Noy solution to power woe means higher Mindanao rates

Published by rudy Date posted on April 3, 2012

Power consumers in Mindanao will have to bear electricity rates that are higher by as much as 50 centavos per kilowatthour with the government’s plan to use power barges which uses expensive fuel as a stop-gap solution to the brewing power crisis in the region, Sen. Sergio Osmeña III said yesterday.

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Foresight and a sense of urgency

Published by rudy Date posted on April 2, 2012

If I am writing a lot about Mindanao these days, it’s because I’m thoroughly convinced of its vital importance to the nation. I see that island region as the focal point and driver of the entire Philippine economy in the near future, if it is not already. Mindanao has in fact managed to outgrow the…

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Mindanao blackouts deliberate

Published by rudy Date posted on March 19, 2012

SEVERAL lawmakers from Mindanao are demanding immediate government action on the worsening power crisis on the island, saying the power crisis there was artificial and deliberately caused. Energy officials were “in cahoots with unscrupulous businessmen who are out to make huge profits from the recurrent [blackouts], Agham party list Rep. Angelo Palmones said.

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Mindanao gets more expensive electricity

Published by rudy Date posted on March 15, 2012

The Energy Department will issue a directive next week that will free up 300 megawatts of power supply to plug the deficit in Mindanao but consumers will have to brace for higher power rates, a government official said Wednesday.

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Mindanao power crisis artificial, officials claim

Published by rudy Date posted on March 13, 2012

DAVAO CITY ,Philippines  – Local officials in Mindanao have accused the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) of creating an artificial power shortage by scheduling daily blackouts of up to 12 hours.

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MinDA calls for Congress probe on long brownouts

Published by rudy Date posted on March 12, 2012

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is seeking a congressional inquiry on the rotating daily power outages in the island, which “should not be that (bad) because there is an untapped 65 megawatts from state-owned hydropower plants,” an official said.

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Mindanao brownouts worsening

Published by rudy Date posted on March 6, 2012

Daily power outages in southern Philippines now last much longer than the two to four hours that were earlier reported. Lualhati Antonino, the chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority, on Monday said that the hardest hit in Mindanao by the rotating brownouts of six to eight hours every day is SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato City,…

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Whose fault is Mindanao power crisis?

Published by rudy Date posted on March 5, 2012

The recurring power shortage problem in Mindanao can be blamed on Min-danao politicians. Their focus on the short term self interest had been at the root of the recurring crisis for years. I remember from my stint in the energy ministry 30 years ago that they have opposed plans to interconnect Mindanao with Luzon and…

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Palace clueless in solving Mindanao power outages

Published by rudy Date posted on March 5, 2012

Businessmen are alarmed over daily two to four hour power outages in the Visayas and Mindanao and yet Malacañang has offered no immediate solution to the problem.

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Mindanao blackouts to worsen in summer

Published by rudy Date posted on February 17, 2012

MINDANAO could suffer four- to eight-hour rolling blackouts in summer as the temperatures rise and demand for electricity increases, the Energy Department warned on Thursday.

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‘Red alert’ in Mindanao amid power blackouts

Published by rudy Date posted on January 18, 2012

MINDANAO is now on “red alert” due to a power shortage, while Luzon will need more power generators in the next three years as a result of rising demand and the increasing population, Energy Secretary Jose Almendras said Tuesday.

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Women’s ‘sex strike’ ends fighting in Mindanao villages – UNHCR

Published by rudy Date posted on September 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Women ended armed clashes in 2 Mindanao villages by not having sex with their husbands unless the men laid down their weapons, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The success of the “sex strike” allowed families to start rebuilding their communities, the UN’s refugee agency said. –abs-cbnNEWS.com

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Mindanao eyed as technopreneurs hub

Published by rudy Date posted on August 17, 2011

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Mindanao is pushing for technopreneurship in an effort to reinvigorate the Mindanao technical and vocational industry.

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Mindanao eyed as new hub for ‘technopreneurs’

Published by rudy Date posted on July 24, 2011

WITH the much needed push, Mindanao could become hub of the Philippines’ version of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Sergey Brin and other successful and influential technopreneurs.

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Government releases P251.6 million for Muslim education

Published by rudy Date posted on July 14, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The government has released a total of P251.6 million to the Department of Education (DepEd) for the nationwide implementation of the Madrasah Education Program, which aims to enhance educational development of Filipino Muslims.

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DoE warns Mindanao against power shortage

Published by rudy Date posted on July 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Energy has warned anew of possible power supply shortages in Mindanao next year, as the required power reserve level in the island remained precariously low at only 100 megawatts during peak hours.

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Power in Mindanao and political will on AIDS

Published by rudy Date posted on June 14, 2011

Readers may recall that right before last year’s elections, Mindanao was hit by 12-hour daily brownouts, although in light of the coming political exercise, the national media paid scant heed to the plight of Mindanaoans.

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A tale of two rivals

Published by rudy Date posted on April 25, 2011

1968: Young Muslim recruits to the Philippine Army are killed in the “Jabidah Massacre,” which led to the formation of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

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Japan and Mindanao peace and development

Published by rudy Date posted on March 27, 2011

FILIPINOS can benefit a lot morally from the sad and costly experience that Japan—and the Japanese people— have been made to suffer these past two weeks.

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Mindanao’s youth speak out, show they matter

Published by rudy Date posted on March 19, 2011

SHE SHOULD have been staying home, doing her school assignments, watching TV or checking her Facebook account for it was a Saturday, but 16-year-old Dana Algabre did not mind not being able to do those things.

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Power outage looms over Mindanao anew — Energy Dept.

Published by rudy Date posted on February 20, 2011

Mindanao may suffer from power outages should some power facilities in the region break down, the Energy Department said Sunday.

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ARMM employment rate up, says DOLE-ARMM

Published by rudy Date posted on January 24, 2011

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (PNA) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao announced Monday the one-percent increase in the region’s employment rate.

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World Bank calls for ‘big’ projects in Mindanao

Published by rudy Date posted on January 7, 2011

DAVAO CITY — The World Bank is encouraging local government units (LGUs) to propose ‘big ticket’ projects for funding under the current second phase of the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP), a statement here said.

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US to beef up workforce in PH, especially in Mindanao

Published by rudy Date posted on December 27, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—The United States government plans to beef up its 1,400-strong workforce in the Philippines to “ensure proper mentoring and implementation” of its development projects, especially those in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.

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Gov’t framework spells out Mindanao’s development goals

Published by rudy Date posted on December 1, 2010

A FRAMEWORK designed to guide development plans for Mindanao for the next 10 years was presented yesterday to President Benigno S. C. Aquino III in Malacañan Palace.

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‘Stable power supply in Mindanao temporary’

Published by rudy Date posted on October 18, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Mindanao-based distribution utilities and electric cooperatives said that the zero brownout that the island is enjoying right now is “only temporary”.

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Tuna resources in Mindanao dwindle

Published by rudy Date posted on October 13, 2010

COTABATO City: The fisheries experts in the country disclosed on Tuesday that the supply of tuna in Mindanao particularly in the fishing grounds where fishermen from General Santos City used to capture has reached its critical level—which needs further study on how to make the supply sustainable. Regional Director Sani Maca-balang of the Bureau of…

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250,000 displaced in Mindanao near starvation, says UN body

Published by rudy Date posted on October 12, 2010

COTABATO CITY, Philippines—An international aid agency estimated that at least 250,000 people in Mindanao, driven from their homes by war and disasters, are starving and would need up to $26 million in food and other forms of help.

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No need for emergency state to solve Mindanao power crisis

Published by rudy Date posted on October 3, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – There is no need to declare a state of emergency in Mindanao due to a recurring power crisis, Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said.

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Up to 12-hour power outages still hound parts of Mindanao

Published by rudy Date posted on September 30, 2010

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Most parts of Mindanao are still experiencing eight to 12 hours of daily power outages even if the dry spell brought about by the El Niño phenomenon during the first half of the year has already ended.

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