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Albee: Pre-power summit held to bring down cost of electricity

Albee: Pre-power summit held to bring down cost of electricity

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Provincial economic consultant Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez led a pre-power summit Monday afternoon, July 26, to explore ways to bring down the cost of power in Negros Occidental. “The goal is to reduce power cost to benefit consumers, and allow stable and competitive rates and power supply to entice the technology industry to come here and invest,” he said. The meeting was held to assess the power supply in Negros and if its use is being maximized, he said. It seems there is enough power generated on Negros Island that is not being used, Benitez said, noting that Iloilo has already brought down its power costs. Negros produces almost 600 megawatts and consumption at peak load is only 350 megawatts, he said. If Negros rates are competitive with the international mar...
‘Stay vigilant to keep Negros Occidental ASF-free’

‘Stay vigilant to keep Negros Occidental ASF-free’

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Richard Malihan photo Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson urged Negrenses to stay vigilant in the campaign against African swine fever (ASF). At rites held at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, Monday, July 26, the governor led the second anniversary of the establishment of the Provincial ASF Task Force, which he chairs. The provincial government also honored individuals and groups that helped the province’s campaign against the dreaded disease. The governor said that Negros Occidental is one of the few provinces that remains ASF-free, adding that it has spread to several regions - 46 provinces, and 493 cities and municipalities - with new cases reported despite government interventions to stop the spread. “Our prompt and timely action in enacting the ASF Pr...
Capitol to honor individuals, groups for keeping Negros Occidental ASF-free

Capitol to honor individuals, groups for keeping Negros Occidental ASF-free

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The photo was taken during the first meeting of the African Swine Fever (ASF) Task Force after its creation on July 26, 2019, with Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson as chairman and Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena as co-chairman.*Capitol file photo The provincial government of Negros Occidental through the Provincial Veterinary Office will recognize individuals and organizations who played a vital role in keeping the province free from African Swine Fever (ASF) at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City on Monday, July 26. They will receive Plaques of Commendation in commemoration of the two-year accomplishment of the Provincial ASF Task Force since its creation on July 26, 2019. “As of today, Negros Occidental has maintained its ASF-Free status despite the continuous spread of t...
SANLAKAS-Negros sues CENECO officials

SANLAKAS-Negros sues CENECO officials

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Pondevilla Multi-sectoral group Sanlakas-Negros on Friday, July 23, proceeded with its legal action against Central Negros Electric Cooperative Acting General Manager Danny Pondevilla and five others in connection with the coop’s purchase of electricity from coal plants. Jun Año, one of the leaders who signed the complaints on behalf of Sanlakas, in a press release said they filed the cases against Pondevilla, CENECO Third Party Bids and Awards Committee chairman Norman Pollentes, and TPBAC members Dennis Fernandez, Chuchie Destriza and Dindo Ramos, Rogelio Yap for “dishonesty, grave misconduct, neglect of duty, gross incompetence in the performance of official duties, refusal to perform official duty , insubordination, and conduct prejudicial to the interest of the electric coopera...
Capitol pays P9.5 million for farmers’ crop insurance

Capitol pays P9.5 million for farmers’ crop insurance

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Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson turns over the P9.5 million check to PCIC Regional Manager, Eva Ulie Laud, as Regional Marketing and Sales Division OIC, Jose Ma. Torres Jr., and OIC Provincial Agriculturist Dina Genzola look on.*Richard Malihan photo The Negros Occidental provincial government turned over P9,500,400 to the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC), for the crop insurance and protection of more farmers in the province, through the provincial government’s Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program (NFUCIP). Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson handed the check to PCIC Regional Manager, Eva Ulie Laud, and Regional Marketing and Sales Division OIC, Jose Ma. Torres Jr., at the Governor’s Office in Bacolod City, in the presence of Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) OIC, Dr. D...
PH telcos conduct successful technical interoperability tests of MNP

PH telcos conduct successful technical interoperability tests of MNP

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The Philippines’ major Mobile Network Operators (MNO) namely DITO, Globe and Smart Communications are one with the government in the implementation of the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Act and through their joint venture company, Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. (TCI) has successfully concluded the initial tests of their technical capabilities and interoperability on Wednesday, July 14. The joint effort will soon allow customers the option to keep their mobile numbers permanently, even when they change network providers or switch subscriptions, a press release from PLDT said Friday, July 16. Against the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic, the MNOs said the outcome of these initial technical tests are ‘within expectations’. After the initial tests yielded positive results, th...
Animal district hospital to rise in Kabankalan

Animal district hospital to rise in Kabankalan

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Photo from Dr. Renante Decena Plans are in the offing for the construction of a P4.5 million Lorenzo Decena Zayco Provincial Animal District Hospital in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. The project is in partnership with the provincial government of Negros Occidental, the Kabankalan City government announced. Under the plan, Kabankalan City will provide the building facility and lot while the provincial government will provide the equipment. The planned facility will serve the 5th and 6th districts of Negros Occidental. Discussions on the partnership were led Mayor Pedro Zayco Jr, Dr. Renante Decena and Timothy Gargantiel, thye mayor’s Executive Assistant II.*
NFSP lauds order to intensify drive vs. sugar smuggling

NFSP lauds order to intensify drive vs. sugar smuggling

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The National Federation of Sugarcane Planters (NFSP) commended Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III Wednesday, July 14, for directing the Bureau of Customs to step up the drive against sugar smuggling. Dominguez issued the order recently amidst reports from the Bureau of Internal Revenue that some traders in Cebu are importing sugar at a much higher volume than what is allowed under the Sugar Regulatory Administration’s Sugar Order No. 3, titled ““A” Sugar Export Replenishment Program”. Sugar Order No. 3 allows traders who exported sugar to the US under the US Sugar Quota Program to import an equivalent volume of sugar as replenishment to what they actually exported. “When SRA instituted the ‘A’ sugar export replenishment program early last month, NFSP already warned that s...
Negrense farmers get machineries, cash aid

Negrense farmers get machineries, cash aid

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Capitol photo Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Department of Agriculture Region VI Executive Director Remelyn Recoter, led the distribution of agricultural machineries and cash incentives to Negrense farmers in a ceremony held at the provincial Capitol grounds in Bacolod City Tuesday, July 13. Seven LGUs - the cities of Himamaylan, Sipalay, and Escalante and the municipalities of Calatrava, Hinoba-an, San Enrique, and La Castellana, and three farmer-associations in the province - Newton-Camingawan-Para Farmers Association in Bago City, Buhing Tubi Diversified Farmers Association in Cauayan, and Batuan Farmers and Farmworkers Association in La Carlota City were the recipients, a Capitol press release said. They received the machineries that include rotary composters ...
Park Inn fully booked on opening weekend

Park Inn fully booked on opening weekend

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Assistant Vice President for Rooms Laurence Peña and cluster marketing and communications manager Myka Ella Pahilanga at Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod.*CPG photo An official of SM Hotels and Conventions is upbeat about Bacolod City’s economy despite the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why they went ahead with the construction of the Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod at the SM City Bacolod Mall Complex that opened for business last week, Laurence Peña, SM Hotels and Conventions assistant vice president for rooms, said Tuesday, June 13. In fact, they were fully booked during the weekend, he said. “The company really made a decision to move forward and start its operations. Life must go on, the pandemic may be with us for a couple of months or years maybe,” he said. As long as the vaccin...
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