DoE to regulate reserve power procurement, require 5-year forecasts from NGCP

THE Department of Energy (DoE) said it will set a competitive process for the grid operator’s procurement of reserve power, known as ancillary services (AS), and also require it to submit five-year forecasts for power demand to help ensure that expected needs are sufficiently covered. According to a draft department circular posted on its website, […]

Landlords have legal duty to monitor power use — Leechiu

LANDLORDS have a duty to comply with the energy efficiency law by monitoring monthly consumption and setting annual reduction targets, Leechiu Property Consultants (LPC) said. LPC Executive Director Lylah Ledonio said landlords stand to gain from cost savings by pursuing energy efficiency measures. “This law encourages landlords to refresh their mindset and improve their power […]

Free-testing bill for jobseekers filed in Senate

A SENATE BILL is proposing to require free coronavirus testing for all jobseekers. Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara filed Senate Bill No. 2291 which will require the government to pay for testing costs of those seeking employment. “Through this proposed measure, the government by covering the additional pre-employment cost (of) COVID-19 tests, promotes the safety […]

DepEd recognizes bank for supporting education

CITY Savings Bank Inc. (CitySavings) together with nine other Aboitiz firms, including the Aboitiz Foundation, was recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd) for their valuable contribution and support to the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) during the agency’s Virtual Partners’ Appreciation event on May 14, 2021. The event recognized stakeholders and key partnership initiatives […]

Briones: Targets

To get out of this hole that we call the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas will have to vaccinate nearly five million individuals, which account for 70 percent of the region’s total population of more than seven million. Or thereabouts. Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) 7 revealed […]

Police to work with DoJ on probe of extra-judicial killings, drug war  

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Monday said the police leadership has vowed to work with his department on the investigation of alleged extrajudicial killings, including those related to anti-drug operations.  Mr. Guevara said Police Chief Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar has given the Department of Justice (DoJ) access to records relating to at least 61 cases where “clear liability” by cops has been established.    “General Eleazar expressed his […]

Top 10 recommendations outlined in Sulong forum 2021

INCREASING financial assistance to farmers, strengthening education’s focus on science and technology (S&T) and integrating government portals and services to make transactions easier amid the Covid-19 pandemic were among the Top 10 actionable recommendations submitted by the private sector at this year’s first virtual Sulong Pilipinas forum. The recommendations covered the areas of health, transportation, […]

Health agencies ink anti-corruption agreement

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission signed an agreement with government health agencies and corporations to boost efforts against corruption. On Friday, the PACC signed a joint memorandum with the Department of Health (DoH) on a partnership that will strengthen efforts against graft within the DoH, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Philippine Health Insurance […]

DTI to propose P10-B livelihood subsidy for micro businesses

The Trade department said Friday that it is considering making a proposal to establish a livelihood subsidy assistance fund for micro enterprises of at least P10 billion from money authorized under the pending third Bayanihan stimulus law. “P10 billion livelihood subsidy for micro enterprises (formal and informal) would be a good start,” Trade Secretary Ramon […]

Senator asks Energy dep’t to explain sale of Chevron’s Malampaya stake to Udenna

A SENATOR on Friday asked the Energy department to explain its decision allowing the transfer of the 45% stake of Chevron Philippines, Inc. in the Malampaya gas-to-power project to a unit of Udenna Corp., citing irregularities in the transaction. Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, said UC Malampaya Pte. Ltd.’s […]

MCWD turns 46 in February

THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) turned 46 years old on Feb. 1, 2021. In observance of the Covid-19 health and safety protocols, MCWD only held a simple picture-taking ceremony for the 130 employees who were recognized for their dedicated service to the water district through the years. Of the 130 awardees, five of them […]

Outpatient department of new CCMC fully operational

THE outpatient department of the new Cebu City Medical Center building is complete and 100 percent operational. The outpatient department houses internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology and general dentistry. It occupies the first three floors of the 10-story CCMC building, which is still unfinished. “While we are working very hard to complete the […]

DOTr, LTO defer child car seat law

THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 that is postponing the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 11229 or the Child Safety on Motor Vehicles Act until it has finalized the enforcement protocol amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The DOTr said this is in consideration of the Covid-19 pandemic, and “until a […]

Nationwide round-up (02/02/21)

Child car seat law implementation deferred TRANSPORT agencies on Tuesday said they would postpone the “full” implementation of the child car seat law, which means penalties for non-compliance will not be imposed yet. “There will be no apprehensions yet. Penalties will not be imposed just year,” Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope O. Libiran said, in […]