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Prices of basic goods frozen in calamity areas

HORSING AROUND AFTER STORM  Children play and sit on fallen coconut trees along the highway in Sulat town, Eastern Samar province, in the aftermath of  Tropical Storm “Ruby.”  RAFFY LERMA

Prices of basic goods have been put in a freeze in six provinces and a Visayan municipality that have been declared under a state of calamity after being battered by Tropical Storm “Ruby” (international name: Hagupit).

Posted: December 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DOT chief confident he will be cleared in plunder case over Iloilo Convention Center

ARTIST’S rendering of the Iloilo Convention Center. FROM ILOILO BUSINESS PARK

Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. disputed, on Thursday, the allegations of graft and plunder filed against him in connection with the P488-million Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).

Posted: October 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t invokes Epira law to address power crisis

ENERGY Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The National government has invoked Section 71 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira), which will give the state the authority to carry out the necessary measures to address an “imminent” power shortage.

Posted: September 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Luzon power supply falls below demand

A GROUP of women in Ganassi, Lanao del Sur, breaks its Ramadan fast in darkness. Like many other towns of the province, Ganassi has been without power since the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative cut off electric supply in May last year. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Luzon was placed on “red alert” on after its power supply fell by as much as 1,600 megawatts due to forced outages of several critical power plants on the island, and a limited natural gas supply from the Malampaya gas platform.

Posted: September 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories | Read More »

Philex Mining allowed to resume Padcal operations 2 years after tailings leak

ON AUG. 1 last year, Tailings Storage Facility No. 3 of Philex Mining Corp. in Itogon, Benguet, leaked and spilled 20 million metric tons of silt into the Balog Creek and Agno River. As of late April, Philex officials said cleanup in the creek was 98-percent complete. RICHARD BALONGLONG

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau has allowed Philex Mining Corp. to finally resume its operations in its Padcal mine in Benguet, roughly two years after the company was slapped with a cease and desist order.

Posted: August 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »