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DOE more concerned about oversupply of power in Mindanao
may be worried about having enough power supply now and in the future but the
Department of Energy (DOE) seems to be more worried about the oversupply rather
than shortage of power in Mindanao once all the power plants are completed and
operating by 2015.
companies, when they see an oversupply of power and lesser demand then they
will delay the implementation of the projects,” Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho
Petilla said in a press conference at SM Convention Center in the city Friday.
President Benigno S. Aquino III was confident when he announced Thursday during
the opening of the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference that “Right
now, we are on track to end the energy deficit by 2015—during which we foresee
Mindanao to already have a surplus.”
recurring power problem in Mindanao is one of the main concerns of the business
sector which confirmed that this is one of the issues that has always been included
in the annual business conference. Minbizcon conference director John Gaisano
said that “unless the national government addresses this concern this will be a
recurring theme in the next business conferences.”
said unless the power investors delay their projects when they see an
oversupply, Mindanao will definitely have a power supply surplus by 2015. Most of the power projects eyed by the
government to solve Mindanao’s power woes are reliant on coal.
the major projects being eyed by the government to provide surplus power supply
in Mindanao is the 300-megawatt Aboitiz (Therma South) owned coal-power plant
in Davao City. First phase of the project, with a 150-MW output, is expected to
be completed by third quarter of 2014.
also mentioned the 200-MW power plant being built by the Sarangani Energy Corps
(Alsons Group of Companies) in Maasim, Sarangani Province which can supply the
power demands General Santos City, South Cotabato, Sarangani and other Mindanao
is also set to come up with a 270-MW plant but we are not counting them yet
until they submit their papers,” he said. Filinvest Development Corporation
(FDC) is set to construct a P30-billion coal power plant at the Phividec
Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental which is expected to initially general
270 MW of power by 2016. The second phase of the project eyes the production of
135 MW by 2018.
government owned and controlled corporation Phividec Industrial Authority has
signed a 28-year contract with the FDC in April this year for the lease of 84.4
hectares of land where the coal power plant will be located.
said SMC Global Power Holdings Corporation (San Miguel Corp) is also set to
build a 600-MW coal power plant in Malita, Davao del Sur but will start with an
initial output of 150MW by 2015. SMC president Ramon S. Ang informed the
Philippine Stock Exchange last month (July) that SMC Global project just broke
ground in time for the completion of the plant by 2015. Petilla however said
SMC has not really started out full-blast.
suggested the setting up of a smart and effective forecasting system taking
into consideration the behavior of the people and their electricity consumption
considering that power plants are big investments and they take some time to build.
production in the Philippines
asked about the possibility of the ban on open pit mining affecting the coal
power plant projects, Petilla said that the ban is more of a local government
unit policy than a DOE policy.
are not banning open pit coal mining,” Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA)
Chairperson Lualhati R. Antonino said. She added that Semirara (Semirara Mining
Corporation) is an open pit mine and supplies a huge percentage the total coal
production in the country.
country has scattered coal deposits in Cebu, Surigao and Zamboanga but the
largest is in Semirara Island in Antique. As such, Semirara has been identified
by the DOE as the largest coal producer contributing up to 92 percent of the
local coal production. The Philippine Energy Plan (PEP) reported in 2006 that
coal production has increased by 34 percent the 2003 level of 2.0 MMMT (million
metric tons) to 2003 level of 2.7 MMMT.
DOE website pegged the country’s coal consumption at 9.5 MMT in 2006, 73
percent went to power generation, 22.5 percent used in cement production and
3.75 percent for other industries.
the coal power plants are facing opposition not only from environmentalists but
also even from the LGUs with local legislations banning open pit mining, Mr.
Petilla said that “if there is a national significance then the national
government can step in.”
Waterfront Insular Hotel is one of Davao City's oldest hotels but while it has been renovated it still has that old charm that has made it a favorite among those who want to stay in a place far from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Any true-blue Dabawenyo can attest to the luxuries offered by the resort-hotel even before the new high-rises came in. It offers the amenities of a classy hotel and yet it provides you with that perfect countryside atmosphere.
If you want to experience Waterfront Insular Hotel then the best time to do that is now as the hotel offers mind-boggling deals that are true good to be true.
Information Technology professionals need not go to Cebu or Manila anymore to get their CCNA Certification thanks to the establishment of the Concentrix Institute right in Davao City.
“This is a pioneering institute here in Davao City and depending on its success, we will be offering it next in our Manila office,” Concentrix Davao Site Director Gerardo Dumael said during the launch of the Institute this morning. Concentrix Institute, a wholly-owned subsidiary of leading Fortune 500 company SYNNEX, is located at the Damosa IT Park in Davao City.
The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certification Training Course is being offered for a very affordable fee of only P26 thousand, way below the prevailing rates in Metro Manila. Dumael said the four-month CCNA Training is very friendly even to those who have to work during weekdays since the training is being held from 9am to 6pm every Saturdays and Sundays.
Graduates of the CCNA Training can get the Training with Certification Exam Pack…
Celebrity sisters Vina and Shaina Magdayao, popular nowadays for her role as Camille in the afternoon television series "The Better Half", were in Davao City Sunday to grace the opening of Ystilo Salon at Abreeza Mall.
This is the 28th company-owned Ystilo Salon in the country and the only one in Mindanao. Vina said there are several more Ystilo Salons in the country under franchise. Shaina, however, hinted there will be another Ystilo Salon in Mindanao soon but they declined to reveal more details as it is still under negotiation.
"The reason why we have grown over the years is because we offer quality services," Vina said.
Fans of the celebrity sisters crowded in front of the Ystilo Salon early so as not to miss their idol. Both Vina and Shaina took some time to accommodate their fans' requests for selfies and group pictures.