DoE gives go signal for Semirara’s power plant

Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) can go ahead and build a coal-fired power plant on Semirara island, initially with a capacity of 50-megawatts (MW), that can become Mindoro’s main source of baseload power, the Energy secretary said. “All the papers are going,” Alfonso G. Cusi, secretary of the Department of Energy (DoE), told reporters on the sidelines of a solar project’s launch. “They can build it already.” The project is a way for the department to look for a lasting solution to the intermittent power supply in island provinces…

RDC Mimaropa endorses P123B investment programs for 2018

Approximately Php123 billion of investments is expected to fuel government programs, building up the regional economy and laying the groundworks for Ambisyon Natin 2040 and President Rodrigo Duterte’s 0+10 Agenda in Mimaropa. This is one of the major outputs of the recent Full Council Meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC)-Mimaropa as the council approved and endorsed the 2018 Agency Investment Programs of the development administration, economic, social and infrastructure committees. The 2018 Investment Program also includes provision for the establishment of regional offices to be located in Calapan City,…

PCA chief suspended on corruption case, but defies board order

MANILA – Philippine Coconut Authority administrator Avelino “Billy” Andal has been ordered suspended while issues of corruption against him are being investigated. According to Atty. Halmen Valdez, undersecretary at the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, the PCA Board made the decision after receiving information that Andal was behind his employees’ alleged extortion of P1.50 per board foot of trees being cut in Basilan, Mindoro, Marinduque and Quezon. Though the “fee” collected seems small, the total amount extorted could reach P90 million in Basilan alone. PCA deputy administrator Glenn Santos was…

Marinduque scouts for law firm to handle class suit vs Marcopper

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Marinduque did not act on the proposal of Governor Carmencita Reyes to secure a loan of $8 million (P400 million) abroad to finance the new environment class suit the province will file against two mining firms based in Canada. Instead, the council passed a resolution last March 10 that would invite foreign law firms, including Canada’s Trudel, Johnston and Lesperance (Trudel), to submit their proposals for the handling of the environment case. The province is filing a new case against Placer Dome, Inc. and Barrick Gold…

Abandonadong Marcopper mining sites, delikado na sa publiko -DOH

Matapos mag-inspeksyon ang Mines and Geosciences Bureau, itinuturing naman ngayon ng Department of Health na delikado na sa publiko ang abandonadong Marcopper Mining Corporation minesites sa lalawigan ng Marinduque. Ayon kay Mimaropa regional health director Eduardo Janairo, naging basehan nito ang iniulat ng mga local officials na leaks o tagas sa isa mga dam ng minahan. Batay sa 1996 report ng United State Geological Survey, tinukoy nito ang Makulapnit at Marcopper’s Maguilaguila Water Dam na parehong nasa state of imminent danger of collapsing. Janairo: Delikadong delikado lalo’t marami nang infrastructures…