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Cepalco’s P2B investment for 2012-2015 could lower electricity charges – ERC
Read 614 times | Posted on November 30, 2012 @ 5 years ago

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To improve its distribution system and give more opportunities for a lower power cost for its consumers, the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Co. is investing about P2 billion over the next four years in projects.

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved capital expenditure spending of Cepalco for the third regulatory period (July 2011 to June 2015). This was slightly lower than the P2.14 billion it first asked ERC. The regulatory board has disallowed some of its proposed projects.

The ERC said that , under the performance-based regulation (PBR) scheme , Cepalco’s budget for the next four years would result in lower distribution charges for its customers.

For regulatory year 2012, Cepalco was able to decreased its current average charges of P1.5705 per kWh, to P1.2491 per kilowatt-hour, as approved by ERC.

“The decreasing price trend on the third regulatory period for Cepalco is a good signal that the benefit of adopting the PRB rate-setting methodology is now taking effect. The PBR has put pressure on the utilities to improve their systems and be more efficient in their operations,” said ERC chairperson Zenaida G. Cruz-Ducut.

With the ERC decision, Cepalco can now translate the approved charges of P1.2491 per kWh for 2012 into rate schedules for its different customer classes and file its application with the ERC for approval.

Upon approval of these revised rate schedules, Cepalco can then start charging the lower rates to its customers.

Cepalco is the third-largest power distributor in the country, and has more than 100,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in its franchise area covering Cagayan de Oro and the municipalities of Tagoloan, Villanueva and Jasaan, Misamis Oriental.



Army officer to face court martial over lapses in anti-NPA operation
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By AL JACINTO of Mindanao Daily News

PAGADIAN City––A Philippine Army officer is facing court martial for allegedly ordering troops fighting communist rebels in the southern province of Zamboanga del Norte to back off, a military insider told the Mindanao Examiner.

The source, who asked not to publish the name and rank of the officer, is being investigated in connection with lapses in military offensive against the New People’s Army rebels in the province.

It was not immediately known why the officer ordered the troops to pull out from an area where the soldiers were fighting the rebels.
Security officials were mum about the leak and would not give any statement on the allegation against the officer. But another source said the officer had once escaped from rebels who intercepted them on a remote village in the province.
The NPA is fighting for a separate state in the country. (Mindanao Examiner)



2 policemen killed in GenSan’s killing spree
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• Police assure safe and security of residents • City placed in heightened alert

GENERAL Santos City––Police authorities assured Wednesday that the city’s security situation has remained under control despite the spate of gun-related violence in the area in the last several days that killed two police officers and a suspected hired gunman.

Chief Supt. Alex Paul Monteagudo, Region 12 police director, said all police units in the city and the neighboring areas are on high alert and intensive followup operations are currently ongoing against those behind the daring murder of two local policemen just hours from each other on Tuesday.

He said investigators were specifically pursuing several leads into the daring killing of Police Officer 1 (PO1) Franklin Akiatan and Senior Police Officer 1 (SPO1) Raul Capati, who were separately gunned down by riding-in-tandem gunmen at around 10:30 a.m. and past 5 p.m., respectively.

A police report said PO1 Akiatan, who was aboard a motorcycle, had just emerged from a Jollibee outlet in Barangay Calumpang here when he was shot by unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen.

Akiatan, who had accompanied a godson to the food chain’s outlet, failed to reach the Mindanao Medical Center alive due to several gunshot wounds on his head and body.

Akiatan’s killing was reportedly caught by the closed-circuit television or CCTV camera of the food chain’s outlet. At around 5:15 p.m., SPO1 Capati was gunned down by two motorcycle-riding suspects near the junction of the Mabuhay Road and the national highway here.

Capati died on-the-spot due to multiple gunshot wounds while his civilian companion, whose identity was withheld for security reasons, was wounded.
Citing reports from the city police office, Monteagudo confirmed that one of SPO1 Capati’s gunmen was killed following a shootout with pursuing lawmen near the Sinawal Bridge in Baragay Labangal.

He said the other suspect, who was seriously wounded, was arrested near a housing subdivision in the area at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The police official said they were verifying the identities of the two suspects, whom he believed could eventually lead to the resolution of the case.

“We’re presently digging deeper into the two murders cases and checking whether they’re related or not,” he said. Monteagudo refused to speculate on the possible motive of the killings and whether a bigger group was behind them.

“We already have some leads but it’s too early to make a conclusion, ‘ he said, stressing the incident was “very unusual.” The twin murders happened a day after a retired employee lost around P500,000 in cash in a daring robbery incident staged by riding-in-tandem suspects along the Pioneer Avenue here on Monday.

Last Saturday evening, a police officer identified as PO1 Mark Anthony Santillan was wounded after he was shot by two motorcycle-riding suspects after going past a police blockade in Barangay Fatima.

One of the suspects, who was identified as Rodel Silaya, was wounded in an ensuing shootout and eventually arrested.



Bio-fuel farm scams uncovered in Agsur
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By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN of Mindanao Daily News-Agusan del Sur

BUTUAN City–Epifanio Guinsod, a tribal leader in the mountain village of El Rio in Sibagat town, is among thousands of residents in Agusan del Sur allegedly duped by vested interest groups to cultivate their farm lands with Napier grass for the production of environment-friendly bio-fuels.

Already holding an ATM-like membership card, Guinsod was promised by representatives of an investment firm called “Secura” with P36,000 next year for the production of Napier grass in his one hectare lot and P12,000 each for three releases annually in the following years as payment for the harvests of such crops.

The Secura agricultural investment scam has also spread in other towns including La Paz, Rosario and Veruela because of the promising quick money payment scheme but the legitimacy as a duly recognized business entity remains to be seen.

Secura representatives was reported to have collected a total amount of P800,000 from the thousands of residents who just even paid for their membership fees alone amounting to P150 each. The town council in Veruela however passed a resolution to prohibit
Secura from recruiting local residents or they would be arrested by authorities.

Alarmed by the incidents, Veronica Lobood, OIC-Provincial of National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), vowed to further investigate the activities of Secura after they have learned the NCIP logo was printed in the ID apparently to lure tribal people.

An NCIP staff admitted a Secura representative came to their office to ask for support to allow them to recruit tribal leaders and community members but was bluntly told that this could not be possible in the absence of consultation among the council of tribal leaders.

The veracity of Secura as a legitimate company remain to be seen since they could not present any legal documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission yet they have already duped thousands of lumads and other residents to pay the membership card.

Such alluring quick money scam has become frenzy to the more vulnerable lumad residents in Agusan del Sur of which most of the thousands of hectares targeted are part of the ongoing application for Certificate of Ancestral Domain Titles (CADT).

There are about seven CADT applications in Agusan del Sur covering some 102,000 hectares which still awaits final approval from the national government even as lumads in various tribal origins has been working for many years to rightfully own their ancestral lands.

This despite multi-sectoral efforts to hasten the processing of their CADTs since last year, an integrated approach that would at least uplift their still impoverished economic plight.

Under the Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (Coseram) Program , thousands of hectares of proposed CADT areas in the barangays of Sta. Maria, Tabon-Tabon, El Rio and Bugsokan which even traverses beyond the provincial and municipal political boundaries are considered pilot areas if ever the processing of these ancestral lands can be fast tracked amid the intricate stages of complying the requirements of CADT before the national government may recognize them under the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997.

Coseram which is a program of German government-supported Deutsche Gesselschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have reached a working tripartite agreement with National Commission for Indigenous Peoples and the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur to simplify the processing of the CADT claims and efficiently pursue the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP).

A Technical Working Group would provide assistance to the provincial delineation team of NCIP for the validation of CADT claims while Coseram was tapped by the provincial government to enhance the capacities of the TWG to ensure conflict and culture sensitivity of the process.

The provincial government has also earmarked an initial P5 million from the proceeds of environmental tax collections to support in the implementation of the program particularly in the delineation of CADT areas.

TWG members said Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza has expressed support for the program after he was convinced that this was meant to sincerely enhance the issuance of CADT titles and the elaboration of ADSDPP to make the processing conducted in a fair and culture sensitive manner would improve the investment climate in Agusan del Sur.

In Sibagat where there are some four Manobo communities in Barangays El Rio, Tabon-Tabon, Sta. Maria and Bugsokan supported by the GIZ project some large ancestral land areas under the still processed CADT 093 are confronted with another problem : the overlapping of claims for government agrarian reform areas.

The Department of Agrarian Reform without coordination from NCIP has started surveying at least half of the 2,000 hectares of ancestral lands in Barangay El Rio for the conversion into Certificate of Land Ownership Award for Agrarian Reform beneficiaries.

Guinsod, said a team from DAR have surveyed the lands in their villages said to be awarded to agrarian reform beneficiaries from non lumad lowlanders in Bayugan City.

Felipe “Datu Mandagonsa” Mabasle, tribal chieftain of Barangay Tabon-Tabon, also confirmed the DAR survey team had already speculated at least a third of their CADT claims in their village.

His cousin and namesake Felipe Mabasle, municipal tribal chieftain of Sibagat, said the tribal council composed of indigenous people’s organizations has never allowed any outsider to deal with any kid of business interest without consultation from them.

“Nagkasabot na mi nga dili tugtan ang si bisan kinsa nga mosulod sa negosyo kung walay pagtugot sa among konseho (We have already agreed not to allow anybody to engage in business without consent from the council),” Mabasle said.

He said CADT 093 has an approved 36,000 CADT areas which covered 16 barangays in Sibagat from the total of 51,000 hectares identified in the perimeter survey.

CAPT 093 is already approved through an en banc decision by NCIP commissioners but still awaiting the release of the document that would prove that the area is finally approved.



GMA Network to invest P100-M for CdO station
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To Launch Primetime Newscast in 2 months

By MIKE BAÑOS, Correspondent

THE Kapuso Network is coming in Big in Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao.

In its annual Trade Thanksgiving Party held last November 20 at the N Hotel, Rikki O. Escudero, Vice President for Regional TV and Head for Expansion and Production Services announced GMA Network would soon be constructing an originating station in Cagayan de Oro.

“Tonight, I am proud to announce that GMA Network will build its newest Originating Station with its own studio capable of churning out original programs– for Northern Mindanao,” Ms. Escudero said. “We will be investing close to 100 million pesos for this facility which will be based in CDO .

On top of the new station, Ms. Escudero said GMA Network would also be launching its afternoon “Serbisyong Totoo” Primetime Newscast “in a little over 2 months – and we will be covering news not only in CDO but also nearby Iligan, Bukidnon and Ozamiz. This is our way of saying we believe in Northern Mindanao, its people and its future.”

Since its satellite station was launched in 2009, Ms. Escudero said tremendous growth has always been the hallmark of GMA in Cagayan de Oro. From its 205 percent growth in 2009, GMA Cagayan de Oro exceeded sales targets by 52% in 2010 and again by 53% in 2011.

“Flood waters cannot keep Northern Mindanao down,” Ms. Escudero stressed. Cagayan de Oro rose to its feet and we know this to be true because our sales this year improved from last year, despite Sendong by, we reckon , a healthy 60%.”

The GMA executive said “this bionic economic recovery proves just how resilient CdeO and Northern Mindanao are. This resiliency is because of its people. All of you here today are the driving force that made Northern Mindanao and CdeO overcome and triumph over the ravages of Sendong. How can GMA Network not long to be part of this success story? “

In a show worthy of the country’s leading broadcast network, GMA pulled out all the stops with production numbers featuring all-girl pop trio La Diva and local heart throb Mark Bautista. First established for the show SOP, La Diva boasts of two winners and a runner-up of Pinoy Pop Superstar, Jonalyn Viray, Aicelle Santos, and Maricris Garcia.

Hosted by Kapuso Network Contract Star Chynna Ortaleza, the event was also graced by top network execs VP for Sales and Marketing Regional TV Oliver Victor B. Amoroso, Asst. Vice President for Regional News Cel Rosales-Amores, Senior Program Manager for Regional Entertainment Jocelyn Bautista-Pacleb and GMA Cagayan de Oro Station Manager Armi E. Sobremisana.

Local celebrities also graced the occasion led by Cagayan de Oro Tourism Board Chair Rhia Rita Abalos, Cathy Tan of Iligan City’s legendary Cheding’s Roasted Peanuts, Mags Cue of mags , Cagayan de Oro’s signature fashion store, Misamis Oriental Provincial Board Member Jimmy Caiña, BusinessWeek Mindanao Group of Publications Media Mogul Dante Sudaria and his lieutenants Allan Mediante and Joe Felicilda, Ruchelle Bangis of Mindanao Gold Star Daily, Pat Noel of the Iligan City Tourism Office, SunStar Cagayan de Oro’s Nicole Managbanag and Joey Nacalaban, STEAG State Power Inc. Communications Officer Jerome R. Soldevilla and his guest from Germany Hasan Guerpinar, Corporate Communications Officer of Hitachi Germany.

“For those of you who came tonight, know that GMA Network is here to celebrate Northern Mindanao’s recovery and together, we will work hand in hand to realize the dream of a progressive Northern Mindanao, where the flow of progress is as free as the flow of information,” Ms. Escudero said in closing.



Primavera Residences qualifies for Asia Clean Energy Financing Awards
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PRIMAVERA Residences has qualified for the next stage of the CTI PFAN Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFCEF-3) Business Plan Competition.

The competition seeks to nurture entrepreneurs, start-up and existing companies, project teams and consortia with environmentally beneficial business proposals to enable them to link with investors and financiers that would help bring their projects to fruition.

Harold J. Dacumos, Chief Finance Officer of Euroasian Design and Eco-Development Corporation (Italpinas), designers and developers of Primavera Residences, presented the project to the forum last October 22, where it qualified as one of 18 projects with “great quality and potential” selected by the organizers from the 41 entries submitted.

As one of those which qualified for the second stage of the AFCEF-3 Business Plan Competition, Primavera received coaching from professional experts, who helped create a financially, socially and environmentally viable business plan. Andi C. Ramos, Italpinas vice president-operations, attended the Project Development and Financing Workshop in Singapore last November 9.

Primavera Residences had previously been recognized by the South East Asia Property Awards as one of the Best Condo Developments in the Philippines in 2011.

A P250-million 10 storey twin-tower condominium designed by ITA PROJECT, an award-winning Italian architectural design firm based in Rome, Italy and developed by Italpinas, its business plan was previously cited as one of the most promising clean energy investment opportunities in the Philippines during the 2nd annual Philippines Clean Energy Investor Forum held in Manila in 2011.

The Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFCEF-3) will be held on 22nd February 2013 in Singapore, where Primavera and the 18 other qualifiers will have the opportunity to present their respective business plans to invited investors for consideration. The forum aims to facilitate a marriage between entrepreneurs, their ideas and projects and investment.

In addition, a panel of investors, industry specialists and business executives who have a keen interest in enabling cleaner and greener projects will select the best projects for the CTI Asia Clean Energy Financing Awards.

Up to four projects may be selected for presentation at the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore’s (SEAS) Renewable Energy Investor Forum on 23 October 2012 held under the Asia Future Energy Forum 2012.

AFCEF-3 is sponsored by the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) and its Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Energy for All Program of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer (ICETT).

The Financing Forum will be organized in cooperation with Dawn Consulting, CleanEnergy Solutions International (CSI), PPL International, the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) and ReEx Capital Asia.

“The world faces the daunting combination of surging energy demand, rising greenhouse gas emissions and tightening resources. A global energy technology revolution is both necessary and achievable; but it will be a tough challenge. No single form of energy or technology can provide the full solution.” (Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Tokyo, June 2008)



CDO’s Siam Bank placed under PDIC receivership
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But observers see legal entanglement with the bank’s “new” investor

By IRENE DOMINGO, Reporter

CAGAYAN de Oro City-based Siam Bank (A Rural Bank) Inc. has been put under receivership of the state-owned Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Monetary Board.

Under MB Resolution No. 1920, the state insurer has the authority to gather, verify and validate all records of Siam Bank, which has five units. PDIC said all valid depositors will be paid up to the maximum insurance coverage of P500,000.

Siam Bank’s main branch is located at the ground floor, Executive Centrum Bldg., J.R. Borja St., Cagayan de Oro City.

At end-September, Siam Bank had 5,7376 accounts with total deposit liabilities of P140.48 million. Its bank information sheet as of June 30 showed that the bank was 40-percent owned by Ma. Teresa F. Sarraga, with Jose Luis F. Sarraga and John Mark F. Sarraga each owning 18 percent of the lender. Its chairman and president are Francisco B. Sarraga and Lope L. Bato, Jr., respectively.

To inform all depositors of the requirements and procedures for filing claims, PDIC said it will conduct a forum from November 29 to December 3, during which claim forms will be distributed. The schedule and venue of the forum will be posted in the bank premises and on the PDIC website.

The state insurer said depositors may update their addresses with their representatives at the bank premises or during the depositors’ forum using the depositor update forms until December 7. Duly accomplished depositor update forms should be submitted to PDIC representatives, accompanied by a photo-bearing ID of the depositor with signature.

Depositors with valid savings accounts amounting to P15,000 and below, who have no outstanding obligations with Siam Bank, and who have complete and updated addresses need not file deposit insurance claims. PDIC said it will start mailing payments to these depositors by the third week of December.

The following however should file their deposit insurance claims:
– Depositors whose savings accounts have balances of more than P15,000;
– All depositors who are holders of certificates of time deposits (CTDs); and
– Depositors who have outstanding obligations regardless of type of account.
The inclusive dates and schedule of the claims settlement operations for these accounts will be announced by the first week of January 2013 through notices to be posted in the bank premises and other public places as well as through the PDIC website.

But an unconfirmed report said a legal entanglement may ensue in PDIC’s takeover of Siam Bank as an Ozamiz-based business entity has already infused liquidity into the bank.

BusinessWeek Mindanao is still trying to verify the report as of press time.



Magti-ayon gitulis 280mil ka pesos natangag sa tulisan
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Sinulat ni PJTREMEDAL, Western Mindanao Bureau

Jimenez, Misamis Occidental – Bisan sa paspas nga taho pinaagi sa usa ka tawag sa radio communication sa Bantay Jimenez Radio Club nakaresponde gilayon ang kapolisan sa usa ka tulis apan pakyas nga masapon ang mga suspetsado.

Sa usa ka taho nga nadawat, ang mag-tiayon nga sila Mr. Sixto Durag , 50 anyos ang panuuigon ug asawa niini nga si Leonita , 45 anyos ang panuigon ang matud pa naglingkod sa ilang panimalay diin duha ka suspetsado ang nag-pasangil nga mopalit ug sigarilyo samtang ang kauban niini kalit lamang nga misulod nga wlay panaghid.

Sa maong higayon kalit usab nga gisirhan sa asawa ni Sixto Durag apan ulahi na kini human gitulod sa mga suspetsado ang pultahan ug mideklara ug usa ka tulis.

Sa maong krimin nasayran nga gigapos ang duha ka magtiayon ug gidala sa mga suspetsado ang kapin kung kulang 280,000 mil pesos ug milayas sakay sa usa ka morosiklong Honda Wave kolor itom.

Gilayon gilusad sa kapolisan sa lungsod ang pag hot pursue sa mga tulisan sa pagpangulo ni Jimenz Chief sa Police Police Senior Inspector Richard Catipay, apan pakyas kini nga masikop ang mga tulisan.

Ning pagkuha sa balita padayon pa ang makuting imbestigasyon sa maong tulis sa ilhanan sa mga tulisan.



Motorsiklo nabangga-an sa truck, usa patay, duha samaran
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Sinulat ni Rey Celeste Suravasquez– sa One FM Aksyon Balita

SURIGAO City–Patay diha-diha ang nagmaneho sa motorsiklo nga nakabangga sa usa ka truck niadtong buntag sa Martes, Nobembre 27, 2012 sa Km 7 national highway, sa Barangay Bonifacio sakop ning syudad.

Giila sa mga tinugyanang otoridad ang biktimang si Kiven Aporbo Ramirez, hingkod ang panuigon, nga residente sa P-5 Rizal, Socorro, Surigao del Norte, nga nagmaniho sa motorsiklo.

Samtang samaran ang mga angkas nga sila Gina Maglinte Tusada, 42 anyos ang panuigon, residente sa Socorro ug si Jose Espinosa Tusada, 33 anyos ang panuigon, residente dalang Borromeo Narciso, Surigao City nga pagkuha ning balita kasamtangang nagpaalim sa Caraga Regional Hospital.

Giila usab ang nakabangga nga Raymond Dejano, hingkud ang panuigon nga residente sa Valenzuela City.

Matud pa ni Dejano samtang nagmaneho siya sa Fuso fighter dump truck nagdala sa plaka # YSP-921, nga samtang paingon siya sa Sison u gang nabanggaang motor paingon sa syudad sa Surigao, ug paghidangat sa kurbadang bahin sa nahitaboan mi-overtake ang maong truck sa gisundan og nasapon ang nakatagbong motorsiklong gisakyan sa mga biktima nga hinungdan sa hinanaling kamatayon ni Ramirez.

Human sa hitabo dali-daling misurender ang driver sa truck ngadto kang SPO3 Edwin G. Guhiting sa Surigaoo City police office para sa pagpanubag sa hitabo.



Walay special treatment kang Rasuman-De Lima
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“No special treatment for Jachob “Coco” A. Rasuman” kini ang gipamulong ni Justice Secretary Leila De Lima human kini makustodiya sa buhatan sa NBI sa miaging adlaw’ng.

Si Rasuman ang gidudahang “utok” sa multi-million peso pyramiding scam nga mibiktima sa libo-an ka mga individual sa polo Visayas ug Mindanao.
Si Rasuman karon ang anaa sa kustodiya sa National Bureau of Investigation.

Si De Lima nag-ingon nga si Rasuman etratar sama sa mga ordinaryong mga suspetsado nga anaa ubos sa kustodiya sa National Bureau of Investigation.
Dugang pa ni De Lima nga ilang gidungagan ang security measures nga ilang gi-implementar sa NBI headquarters labi na gayod kang Rasuman tungod sa hulga niini sa iyang kinabuhi.

Nasayrang naaresto si Rasuman sa iyang panimalay sa Marawi City human gisilbe ang warrant of arrest sa mga sakop sa NBI, niadtong Martes sa hapon.
human maaresto sa It was learned that Rasuman arrived at the NBI Tuesday at 11 p.m. after he was arrested in Marawi City.

Samtang gilauman usab ni De Lima nga ang uban pang membro sa pamilya ni Coco Rasuman ang mutahan usab human sa pagka-aresto niini nga anaa usab ang ilang mga pangalan sa “look-out order” sa Bureau of Immigration. (PNA)

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