4.27.2014

PCOO Sec. Coloma urges communicators to bridge information on climate change

By Venus L. Garcia

DAVAO CITY, Apr. 26 (PIA) – “From the standpoint of communicators, it is important that information officers and all media sectors to perform the function of bridging information to create community understanding and awareness regarding the facets of climate change,” encouraged Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Sonny Coloma during the 1st day of 9th Mindanao Media Summit held in this city.

Sec. Coloma discussed the topic, “Communicating the Impact of Climate Change in Mindanao” in order that the people will have common understanding on climate change to have unified preparation and common objective – to have less if not zero casualty and damages in times of disaster.

He recalled the devastating effects of typhoon Sendong, Pablo, Ondoy and Yolanda calamities. He pointed out some contribution of human beings and other natural causes of these destructive catastrophes.

He challenged everyone to overcome the culture of complacency, to counter the resistance to change, and to strengthen capacity building.
                   
“The vulnerability to climate change impacts are attributed to geographical location, poverty, health and other contributing factors. These have something to do with the morbidity and mortality rates,” said Coloma.

According to Sec. Coloma, one of the mitigating measures to lessen the impacts of disaster is to correct or change the practice and facilities that are not useful into effective and modern so that the bad experiences will not return again.

He said that because of scientific mechanism and use of social media, information is acquired conveniently and has raised public awareness such as employing workable solutions on mitigating effects of climate change.

“At the grassgroots level we will be seeing significant knowledge-based improvement on disaster risk reduction management and resiliency and a very proactive local government as well,” Coloma added.

The Media Summit is a two-day event that gathered some hundred participating information officers from Philippine Information Agency-Mindanao cluster, academe and private media practitioners. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


MinDA pushes for ‘renewable energy rush’ to crack power shortage

By Venus L. Garcia

DAVAO CITY, Apr. 26 (PIA) – Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Asst. Sec. Romeo Montenegro III underscored to coin for renewable energy (RE) to address the power shortage in Mindanao in his lecture during the 2nd day of the 9th Mindanao Media Summit here on Communicating the Impact of Climate Change in Mindanao.

“Way forward, we have to create the ‘RE rush’ by pursuing Mindanao 2020 framework on diversification of energy mix with RE high on agenda (target 50-50 RE-fossil mix); aggressively promote deployment of RE projects; encourage utilization of small hydro, biomass and solar power sources; and accelerate approval of RE projects via One-Stop-Shop Processing and Facilitation Center being set-up by Department of Energy (DOE) and MinDA,” encouraged Montenegro.

He added that the power deficit in Mindanao can be addressed in the immediate term with additional capacities through quick rehabilitation/upgrading of Angus-Pulangi Power Plant (50/100MW), tapping of embedded generators or enhance the interruptible load program, reopening of Iligan Diesel Power Plant (98MW), Interim Mindanao Electricity Market (80MW), and modular gensets (48MW).

“So, that’s 300-400MW of power to bail us out of trouble; but it ain’t easy fix,” stated Monenegro.

Considering the power supply structure, the supply is lower than the demand, which prods several investors to come in despite the peace and order situation in some parts of Mindanao.

Mindanao will be requiring at least 500MW of new capacity by 2016, another 500MW by 2020 and 1,600MW by 2030, a 4.7 percent annual growth as per DOE Phil. Energy Plan, reiterated Montenegro.

Meanwhile, Montenegro presented the Mindanao Grid Outlook from May to December 2014. He said that there is an expected reduction in the power supply deficit with the onset of the rainy season which is projected to start between the 3rd and 4th week of May 2014 and by then the hydro power plants are expected to run a full capacity, STEAG units 1 and 2 are expected to come online by May to June this year, and 300MW Therma South Inc. Coal-fired power plant is projected to be on the test run by 4th quarter of 2014 and its first unit on commercial operation by 1st quarter of 2015.

Accordingly, the average brownout in Mindanao is two to three hours per day and maximum brownout of 13 to 14 hours per day. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


AFP cites plan on Labor Day in Caraga

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, April 26 (PIA) – Army 401st Brigade Commander Col. Gregory Cayetano admitted that monitoring the movement of the New People’s Army (NPA) this coming Labor Day celebration on May 1 is a “usual procedure.”

Cayetano, whose area of responsibility (AOR) covers the two provinces of Caraga region—Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur—stressed that,  hopefully, the armed rebels will do away with violence, instead, will exercise their rights to peaceful assembly.

However, the army officer expressed concern about the series of atrocities that the armed rebels had instigated while the Labor Day celebration is drawing near, confirming the two separate burning incidents of construction equipment in Barobo and Tago towns in Surigao del Sur during the observance of the Holy Week.

Col. Cayetano said that these acts which directly affect the “cauldron” of these investors really scare and drive them away, adding that such atrocities do not secure the interest of workers, but rendering these members of the working class useless.

Also, the brigade commander has this piece of advice to all workers who are planning to stage a peaceful assembly and protest action on Labor Day:  “Police your own ranks!" (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Davao City gov’t gears up for international trade fair and business gab

DAVAO CITY, April 26 (PIA) - The city government of Davao has declared October 20-26, 2014 a celebration week for BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT as it plays host to an international trade fair and business leaders’ conference to be held at SM Lanang Premier’s SMX Convention Center.

Dubbed as the 2nd BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference, the event expects to draw around 800 business leaders, government officials, traders, and potential investors from across five countries within ASEAN. More than 200 international exhibitors are also expected to participate in the trade fair.

BIMP-EAGA stands for Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area, while the IMT-GT stands for Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Growth Triangle. Both sub-regional groupings are among the most dynamic economic cooperation in ASEAN.

“The City of Davao welcomes this event as an opportunity, not only for DavaoeƱos, but also for residents and entrepreneurs in other cities and municipalities in Mindanao, to effectively promote investments and generate trade in their respective jurisdiction,” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said in Proclamation No. 3, signed on April 8, 2014.

The city government also issued an executive order creating the BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Committee to serve as the main collaborating arm of the city with the other local and national agencies involved in the preparation for the event.

Overall preparations are spearheaded by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the Philippine Coordinating Office for BIMP-EAGA.

At the city-led committee meeting held this week, MinDA Executive Director Janet Lopoz encouraged Davao City and Mindanao-based entrepreneurs to participate in the said international event, which provides strategic opportunities for trade and investments.

“Beyond mere showcase of unique products and investment opportunities from across the five countries, this international trade fair and conference will also benchmark on the our preparedness for the ASEAN economic integration by 2015,” she said.

The weeklong event is also a commemorative celebration of BIMP-EAGA’s 20th this year. BIMP-EAGA was launched in 1994 in Davao City as a key strategy to accelerate social and economic development of less developed areas in participating countries.

Other activities featured during the weeklong celebration also include East ASEAN Film Festival, ASEAN Street Food Festival, Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Summit and Innovation Expo, Importers/Exporters Forum and a Golf Tournament. (MinDa/PIA-Caraga)