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By Amy R. Remo
The Quezon City Regional Trial Court has slapped a temporary restraining order against the reorganization being implemented by state-run National Power Corp., which would have resulted in the termination of some 300 permanent and contractual employees.
By Ayan C. Mellejor
Electric cooperatives officials took turns, on Saturday, in criticizing the power industry’s big three – the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) and the National Power Corp. (NPC)—for their “sluggish response” in restoring full power supply in areas devastated by typhoon Pablo, particularly Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Sur.
By DJ Yap
It’s “dam if you do, dam if you don’t.” The extreme weather has put dam operators in a bind. If they release too much water, communities downstream would be inundated; if too little, the dams may break.
By Jeannette I. Andrade
The weather bureau placed Cagayan and Isabela under public Storm Signal No. 1 even as “Igme” (international name: Tembin) skirted northern Luzon on Monday but intensified into a typhoon.
People in Pangasinan have been blaming the floods in some towns in the province on the release of water from San Roque Dam as Typhoon “Gener” passed through in late July and the southwest monsoon dumped rains for three days earlier this week.
By Amy R. Remo
The state-run National Power Corp. has finally completed the rehabilitation of the Pulangi IV hydroelectric power plant in Bukidnon, a move seen to finally help ease the rotating brownouts plaguing Mindanao since the beginning of the year.
After his head-on collision with Mindanao governors, business leaders and civil society organizations in last Friday’s Mindanao Power Summit in Davao City, President Benigno Aquino III backpedaled a bit. Perhaps realizing the folly of pushing for the privatization of Mindanao’s main power generating plants, the Agus and Pulangi hydropower complexes and inviting dirty and expensive [...]
By Norman Bordadora
The era of cheap electricity in Mindanao is coming to an end, President Aquino said on Friday as he launched into an impassioned defense of the government’s attempts to rationalize the power situation in the island at the Mindanao Power Summit that was called to discuss solutions to the supply shortfall that has brought rotating power blackouts the past few months.
By Ayan Mellejor
, Germelina Lacorte
Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras told reporters here Thursday that the electricity problem in Mindanao was not artificial and it encompasses technical, legal, social and economic issues.
Households consuming 200 kilowatts of electricity a month may expect an P8 increase in their bills after the National Power Corp. (Napocor) was allowed to raise its generation rates nationwide, according to a power company official.
By Robert Gonzaga
Jeffrey Bautista was 15 years old when residents and municipal officials of Masinloc in Zambales rose to oppose a coal-fired power plant that the National Power Corp. (Napocor) wanted to build in their place to address the energy deficit in the 1990s. “We knew that it would be bad for the environment as well as [...]
MANILA, Philippines – Some 50 militants staged a rally against the rise in the cost of electricity in front of the National Power Corp. building in Quezon City Friday. The protesters from Sanlakas broke bulbs as a sign of protest. They dispersed peacefully after. Matikas Santos
By Gerald Gene Querubin
SANTA CRUZ, Marinduque, Philippines—Since 2008, candles and improvised kerosene lamps have been selling briskly in this province because of the dwindling and erratic power supply. Worst, there may no longer be any electricity by the end of the month with fuel as supply coming from the lone diesel-fed power plant could run out by July [...]