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Gov’t Could Have Foreseen Mindanao Power Crisis 10 Yyears Ago -LOREN

March 5, 2010

“EL NIÑO SEEMS TO BE A MOST CONVENIENT SCAPEGOAT AND WHIPPING BOY OF THE ARROYO ADMINISTRATION TO COVER UP FOR ITS LACK OF FORESIGHT, WHICH RESULTED IN THE CURRENT POWER CRISIS IN MINDANAO,” NP-NPC-LDP VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LOREN LEGARDA SAID ON THURSDAY DURING A BREAK IN HER CAMPAIGN SORTIE IN DAVAO CITY.
Legarda was reacting to an article posted on the same day at the MindaNews website, quoting former National Power Corp. president Guido Delgado as saying: “It is impossible […]

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Loren Wants Task Force To Investigate Whether El Niño Really Affected Hydro Power Plants

March 5, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA CALLED ON THE PRESIDENTIAL EL NINO TASK FORCE TO INVESTIGATE AND MAKE A TRUTHFUL ASSESSMENT WHETHER THE EL NINO PHENOMENON REALLY AFFECTED THE POWER GENERATION OF HYDROELECTRIC PLANTS EVEN AS SHE PUSHED FOR MORE PARTICIPATION BY PRIVATE SECTOR IN ENERGY GENERATION, PARTICULARLY IN MINDANAO.
Loren had expressed doubts whether the El Nino phenomenon affected the power generation of the hydro electric plants saying that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its February 2010 […]

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I Made Sure The 2010 Agriculture Budget is a Climate Change-friendly Budget – LOREN

March 5, 2010

ASKED WHAT SHE THOUGHT ABOUT PGMA’S DISTRIBUTION OF FARM INPUTS AND IRRIGATION EQUIPMENT IN RESPONSE TO EL NINO, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, SENATE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE SAID, “I MADE SURE THAT THE 2010 BUDGET IS CLIMATE-CHANGE RESPONSIVE. THEN DA SECRETARY ARTHUR YAP AND NEWLY APPOINTED SECRETARY BERNIE FONDEVILLA—KNOWING MY CHIEF CONCERN AFTER ONDOY AND PEPENG DEVASTATED OUR FARMS AND FISHFARMS—PROPOSED TO ME A BUDGET WHICH WOULD ENSURE WE WOULD HAVE SOMETHING TO BAIL OUR FARMERS AND FISHERFOLK OUT […]

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Gov’t needs to invest more in power, infrastructure in Mindanao – LOREN

March 4, 2010

THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND NEW SOURCES OF POWER IN THE CARAGA REGION TO ALLOW THE PEOPLE TO TAP ITS RICH RESOURCES, NP-NPC-LDP VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LOREN LEGARDA SAID ON WEDNESDAY DURING A BREAK IN HER MINDANAO CAMPAIGN.
“Caraga is one of the poorest but also one of the wealthiest in terms of resources,” Legarda, who aims to be a “green VP,” said. “Mindanao has a lot of potential. All you need to do is provide them […]

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Decisive Action Needed, Not Emergency Powers – LOREN

March 4, 2010

NP-NPC-LDP VICE PRESIDENTIAL BET LOREN LEGARDA MET YESTERDAY WITH THE AGUSAN DEL NORTE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE (ANECO) TO DISCUSS WAYS TO EASE THE POWER WOES IN THE REGION, AND STRESSED THAT DECISIVE ACTION – NOT EMERGENCY POWERS – IS NECESSARY TO SOLVE THE POWER PROBLEM.
“We can’t blame El Niño and climate change alone. That’s just one part of the problem. Government should have foreseen and prepared for the drought. The country’s leadership should focus on implementing the Renewable Energy Law […]

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Loren To Attend Bulawan Festival in Compostela Valley

March 4, 2010

NP-NPC-LDP VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LOREN LEGARDA, ALONG WITH RUNNING MATE MANNY VILLAR WILL ATTEND THE BULAWAN FESTIVAL IN COMPOSTELA VALLEY AT THE INVITATION OF GOVERNOR ARTURO UY.
“It’s not really a campaign sortie of the usual kind,” Loren said. “But the governor will allow us to speak and present our platforms of government. So as not to disrupt the festive mood, nobody is allowed to take potshots at other candidates.”
At the Kapihan sa PIA (Philippine Information Agency) last Tuesday, […]

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Loren Calls For Genuine Women And Youth Empowerment

March 4, 2010

NP-NPC-LDP VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LOREN LEGARDA EMPHASIZED THE NEED TO DEVELOP AVENUES FOR FILIPINO WOMEN AND YOUNG GIRLS TO HAVE BETTER ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES IN IMPROVING THEIR WELFARE THROUGH EDUCATION AND LIVELIHOOD, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE PASSAGE OF RA9710 OR THE MAGNA CARTA OF WOMEN WHICH LOREN HELPED USHER IN THE SENATE.
Loren lamented the fact that only less than half of 19 million women are engaged in gainful activities, and stressed that women must be given a bigger role in […]

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1-hour blackouts hit parts of Luzon

March 4, 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – THE MANILA ELECTRIC CO. (MERALCO) ON THURSDAY SAID ROTATING 1-HOUR BLACKOUTS WILL AFFECT PARTS OF METRO MANILA AND THE REST OF LUZON DUE TO AN EXPECTED SHORTFALL IN ENERGY SUPPLY.
Joe Zaldarriaga, external affairs manager of Meralco, said the rotating blackouts will start at 10 a.m. and last until 5 p.m.
“According to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, the shortfall is only 245MW by 11 a.m. and 280MW by 2pm,” he told radio dzMM.
Among […]

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Transition Cabinet Formed

March 4, 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – THE OFFICIAL WHO SIGNED THE BROADBAND DEAL WITH ZTE CORP. IS NOW THE “LITTLE PRESIDENT” WHILE THE UNDERSECRETARY WHOSE APPOINTMENT TO THE MARITIME AUTHORITY WAS DEEMED UNCONSTITUTIONAL BY THE SUPREME COURT (SC) NOW HEADS THE MANAGEMENT STAFF AT MALACAÑANG AS PRESIDENT ARROYO STARTED FORMING A CABINET TRANSITION TEAM YESTERDAY.
Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza replaced Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita who is seeking to represent the first congressional district of Batangas.
Mendoza’s undersecretary, former Maritime Industry Authority administrator Elena […]

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Climate Change More Than a Political Campaign Issue – Loren

March 3, 2010

“CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS EFFECTS ARE NOT JUST CAMPAIGN ISSUES THAT EVERY CANDIDATE PAY LIP SERVICE TO,” NP-NPC-LDP VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LOREN LEGARDA SAID ON WEDNESDAY. “THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION WILL HAVE TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. AND THAT’S A BIG CHALLENGE.”
Legarda, who’s in Mindanao with running-mate Manny Villar, said campaign sorties proved to be more than just vote-getting political exercises. They could also give candidates a first-hand learning experience as well.
“Win or lose, any candidate who takes […]

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