Solusyon sa power shortage sa Mindanao, posibleng maipatupad sa 2015 – PNoy

admin   •   April 29, 2013   •   5410

Si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III habang nakikinig sa pagbibigay ni DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson ukol sa Road Decongestion Projects sa General Santos City and South Cotabato sa pagbisita ng nito. (Malacañang Photo Bureau)

FILE PHOTO: Si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III habang nakikinig sa pagbibigay ni DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson ukol sa Road Decongestion Projects sa General Santos City and South Cotabato sa pagbisita ng nito. (Malacañang Photo Bureau)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Nakararanas na ng hanggang pitong oras na rotational brownout ang ilang bahagi ng Mindanao.

Kapag mainit ang panahon, bumababa rin ang lebel ng tubig sa mga ilog na isa sa pangunahing pinagkukunan ng kuryente sa buong rehiyon.

Malaking perwisyo ito hindi lamang sa mga residente kundi pati na sa mga apektadong negosyante.

Sa pagdalaw ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino sa General Santos City, masaya nitong ibinalita na mabibigyan na ng solusyon ang problema sa kuryente.

Gayunman, posibleng sa 2015 pa ito maipatupad dahil hindi pa tapos ang mga ipinatatayong dagdag na planta.

“2015 po yung ABOITIZ na power plant, about 200+ megawatts  online na po yan, malaki na ang ibabawas na kakulangan sa ating kuryente pero ang pinakaimportante po diyan, eh tuloy-tuloy na yung mga ginagawa ngayon, maski na wala na po ako sa pwesto padagdag ng padagdag ang kuryente ng Mindanao, ang pagkaintindi ko po 2015 hindi na natin ito problema, at 2017 sobra-sobra na po ang inyong kuryente. Kung magdadasal naman po tayo ng matindi baka naman yung 2015 mapaaga pa.”

Ayon sa pangulo, matagal nang problema ang kakulangan ng kuryente sa Mindanao subalit hindi aniya ito nabibigyan ng agarang solusyon dahil sa haba ng prosesong kailangang daanan.

Umaabot rin ng 3 hanggang 5 taon ang pagpapatayo ng planta bago ito maaaring gamitin.

Bagama’t matatagalan pa bago matapos ang problema sa kuryente, makakaranas naman umano ng kaalwanan ang mga taga-Mindanao dahil sa makukuhang pandagdag na diesel generators. (Adrian Cañete & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

IATF places Davao City under MECQ, Gen. Santos City under GCQ

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s task force on COVID-19 response has placed Davao City under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from June 5 to 20 due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the area.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the announcement a day after the Davao City government requested for the MECQ implementation in the city to address the surge of infections.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio earlier asked the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to implement a stricter quarantine classification to “allow a circuit breaker in the surge of patients inside hospitals.”

Duterte-Carpio said beds at the Southern Philippines Medical Center are now at a critical utilization rate while its Intensive Care Units are already full. Two private hospitals in the city have also reached full capacity.

Roque also announced that the IATF has likewise placed the General Santos City under general community quarantine (GCQ) from June 5 to 20.

Under MECQ, only essential trips are allowed and non-essential businesses and services will be temporarily shutdown.

GCQ, on the other hand, allows travel for leisure subject to compliance with local government guidelines.

DFA Consular Office in General Santos City closed until Jan. 26

Marje Pelayo   •   January 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) informs the public that its Consular Office in General Santos City will be temporarily closed on Monday (January 25).

This is to give way to disinfection activities in its office premises and the implementation of other preventive measures to manage risks against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Consular Office will resume its regular operations on Tuesday (January 26).

Affected applicants with confirmed appointments who are unable to avail of consular services due to the suspension of operations must secure another appointment by emailing with the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Original appointment date and time
  • Preferred date and time of new appointment

The preferred new appointment may be on any working day from Monday to Friday from January 26 to February 26 during the CO’s regular operation hours 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Applicants that need emergency or urgent Consular services may contact CO General Santos by email at

The DFA requests the public’s understanding and cooperation as we continue to battle against this pandemic.

Palace tells Robredo, Aquino: “Trust is earned”

Robie de Guzman   •   November 21, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – “Trust is earned.”

This was Malacañang’s response to Vice President Leni Robredo and her ally, former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino after they questioned President Rodrigo Duterte’s lack of trust in the vice president despite her appointment as co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).

In a statement issued on Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that Robredo must “understand that one’s election to the Vice Presidency does not automatically clothe the occupant with trustworthiness.”

“Trust is earned. The missteps of the VP did not inspire confidence in the matter of keeping to oneself classified information,” he said.

“Her job in leading the agencies involved in the anti-illegal drug campaign requires competence and creativity. Trust comes into play only as regards the non-transmission of state secrets that imperils the safety of the Filipino people and the sovereignty of the country,” he added.

Panelo also said that the president’s expressed remark should not stop Robredo from performing her new task.

“Since she will not be given access to privileged communication, she should not be bothered by the expressed lack of trust by the appointing power with respect to the confidentiality of state matters requiring secrecy,” he said.

“After all, she is tasked to help end the illegal drug trade in the country and not to get secret information of the government to share the same with her foreign and local peers,” he added.

The Palace official also reiterated that despite her being a member of a political opposition group, she was still given the job to co-lead the government anti-drug body to help address the country’s drug problem instead of “endlessly voicing criticisms.”

“Her designation is a call of duty coming from the Chief Executive to end the illegal drug trade in the country, a rare chance given to her, despite her being in the opposition, to help in the campaign against illegal drugs, instead of being a rambunctious critic who cannot see anything good on the war on drugs initiated by this administration,” he said.

Panelo also asked Aquino to focus on his case still pending before the Sandiganbayan, as well as taking care of his health, instead of “touching on a matter related to the dreaded drug menace that he never gave the attention and importance it deserves during his six-year presidency.”

The Palace official earlier claimed that the country’s drug problem “ballooned in magnitude” due to neglect during Aquino’s presidency. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)


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