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Co-ops see power rate manipulation

AMBUKLAO Dam, one of the oldest hydropower facilities in the country, continues to serve the country, after it was rehabilitated. 

Before the government pursues new power deals to prevent blackouts, it should first resolve the unexplained 2013 increase in power rates that had been attributed to the country’s electricity trading mechanism, a group of electric cooperatives said here last week.

Posted: October 24th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Human Rights Victims Claims Board: Where the elderly pour out their pain

THIS PHOTO of police brutality on protesters is among those displayed in the exhibit, “Himagsik at Protesta,” put up by Karapatan at the University of the Philippines Library until Sept. 21 for the 40th anniversary of the declaration of martial rule. PHOTO REPRODUCTION BY TONETTE OREJAS

Outside a dull, unremarkable building at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Quezon City, a line of weary, graying folk brave the heat and the long wait to tell their stories from four decades ago.

Posted: September 28th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Looking beyond Panagbenga

BANGAOET: 1940-2014  photo by VINCENT CABREZA

The Inquirer sat down with lawyer Damaso Bangaoet Jr. in February to solicit his views on the future of Panagbenga, the festival he helped create to draw tourists back to the summer capital.

Posted: September 17th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Conservation bid in Baguio draws support of architects

THE BAGUIO Cathedral is one of 36 structures in the summer capital which Baguio folks have asked to be declared as heritage sites.  RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Acknowledging the need to make amends for their role in the “overdevelopment” of the summer capital, a group of architects has started a movement to popularize structures built by American colonial engineers and Filipinos to support a renewed Baguio conservation drive.

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

Girdling, bulldozing trees to be penalized in new Baguio tree protection measure

VARIOUS agencies, from the environment department to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, have complained of this section of the Baguio Circumferential Road, which penetrates the Camp John Hay forest, and have occasionally displaced trees. The Department of Public Works and Highways has made changes recently so the road would not damage more trees. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON FILE PHOTO

Taking its cue from the girdling of trees along Manila North Road (MNR) in Pangasinan province, Baguio City officials are strengthening the summer capital’s tree protection law to penalize this practice as the city council deliberates on an environment code.

Posted: September 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »