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PIA News Service - Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011

ANECO starts implementing 5% discount to Senior Citizens

BUTUAN CITY - Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO) announced it will now start implementing the 5 percent senior citizen discount mandated under Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizen’s Act of 2010.

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) released the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) just recently that sets the scope and limitations of relevant provisions in the interpretation and application of RA 9994.

ANECO General Manager Horacio Santos reminded senior citizens that only those having a monthly consumption not exceeding 100 kilowatt hours will be qualified for the granting of the 5% discount.

He further informed that the meter should have been registered in the name of the senior citizen for at least one year and the discount is per household, regardless of the number of senior citizens living in the house.

The 5% discount on power rate consumption will give our seniors much-needed relief, but it should be enjoyed responsibly and must not be abused under any circumstances,” ANECO General Manager Santos said.

Recently, ANECO conducted a forum to Senior Citizens to inform them on how to avail of the 5% discount.

On the other hand, Butuan City Water District has already been implementing the 5 percent discount to senior citizens. (Jocelyn E. Morano/PIA-Caraga)

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Legarda Pushes for Creation of Disaster-Resilient Communities

Senator Loren Legarda today called on the government and the private sector to work on the idea of building disaster-resilient communities in the country.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, particularly challenged the private sector and other organizations to follow the lead of MyShelter Foundation, United Architects of the Philippines, RP-United Nations White Helmets, and San Miguel Properties, Inc. in coming up with a green architecture project.

The abovementioned organizations, in partnership with the Quezon City Local Government and the Climate Change Commission, came up with the Design Against the Elements (DAtE) competition, which gathered talented student and professional architects who designed disaster-resilient housing communities.

The winning design will be the prototype for the disaster-resilient eco-village that will be built in Quezon City.

“The Design Against the Elements project is the kind of preparation we need. We need shelters and communities that can endure the effects of intense heat, heavy rains and powerful storms. Indeed, green architecture is essential to our survival against the harsh effects of the changing climate,” Legarda stressed.

The Senator said she is also pushing for the use of green architecture in building other infrastructures, such as schools and hospitals.

“We should also build schools that are innovative and environment-friendly by putting up rainwater catchment systems, growing vegetable gardens, using renewable energy and setting up a recycling program, among others,” Legarda said.

“Our focus now should be more on disaster prevention and mitigation than on relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts. I hope to see more projects like the Design against the Elements—projects that are focused not on what to gain, but on what it can contribute to the people and to our nation,” she concluded. (Office of Senator Loren Legarda/PIA-Caraga)