August 18, 2017: *** The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is now faced with the problem of looking for usable areas to hold transmission lines that would link the power barge in Tapal Wharf in Ubay town to a substation in Barangay Emelda of the same town. ***The City Government of Tagbilaran is set to sign a memorandum of agreement with BFAR for a multi-million peso livelihood project intended to uplift the living conditions of the fisherfolk. ***47th Infantry Battalion Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Joel Malig said units under him are currently undergoing intensified intelligence operations along with other allied units to confirm the reports on sightings of armed men in Bohol. *** LGU Pilar's program, "Productivity Improvement thru landcare and Agriculture Resource Development and Management"(Pilar Dam) landed in the top 20 in Taking Look 2017. *** LGU Panglao got third place (3rd-6th class municipalities) in Infrastructure during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit held at PICC recently. ***LGU Panglao's entry program "A Purok-Based Approach in Basic Education Reforms/Turo-Turismo: Strengthening Partnership and Industry Linkage for Effective K-12 Implementation is among the 20 finalist of the Galing Pook Awards 2017. ***The towns of Panglao and Pilar are among the 20 finalists in the yearly search for Galing Pook Awards 2017. *** The National Food Authority in Bohol said prices of rice in the province have been on an uptrend since last week reaching an increase of up to P5 per kilo. *** A man listed in the Bohol Provincial Police Office drug watch list was caught last night with drugs weighed 80 grams with estimated street value of P993,000.

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Monday, January 06, 2014


President Benigno Aquino III has ordered concerned agencies to find ways to bring down power costs, Malacañang reassured the public Friday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also said the government's hands will not be tied by business interests as it looks for solutions to the problem.

"It's a cause of concern. The President has already given instructions to relevant agencies to see what they can do," Valte said at a media briefing.

She also reiterated the government is open to any initiative to amend the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001.

However, she said the government will also have to scrutinize various suggested solutions before it can get fully on board.
Valte also noted the government is not allowed to run its own power plants because of the EPIRA. "The EPIRA prevents government from being a power generator," she said.

"While you believe the executive (department) has so much perceived power, we are limited by what the law says. There is no magic wand to wave," she added.

In the meantime, she said the Palace is studying the gist of bills on the issue that are presently pending in Congress.

"We look at the stage they are in and we look at the meat of the proposal," she said, adding these will be considered when the appropriate Cabinet clusters propose measures to be part of the priority list. (PND)

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