Gatchalian urges transparency in study of nuclear energy

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday urged the inter-agency committee assigned to study the possible use of nuclear energy to proceed with utmost transparency to the public, saying that nuclear power is a ‘risky’ business. On Wednesday,...

Support not suspend oil and gas activities in Northwest Palawan: solon

MANILA, Oct 5 (Mabuhay) – The government should support and not suspend oil and gas exploration in Northwest Palawan, a congressman said on Monday. Suspending offshore exploration activities due to a dispute with China over West Philippine Sea is “totally uncalled for,” said...

Escudero wants interagency body formed to address El Niño effects

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero is proposing the creation of an interagency body to study and address the impacts of El Niño on farmlands and households which are now experiencing water shortages. Escudero said the inter-agency body should be composed of...

DOE: No guarantee for brownout-free 2016 elections

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Power outages remain a possibility in the May 2016 elections as the El Niño phenomenon poses risks to the country’s power supply. The Department of Energy (DOE) cannot provide a categorical answer yet whether the national elections would be...

Monsada now DOE OIC Secretary

MANILA, July 3 (Mabuhay) — Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla has formally turned over his post to Undersecretary Zenaida Monsada who is now Department of Energy chief in acting capacity. Monsada’s appointment papers came out yesterday signed by Executive Secretary...

Miriam wants probe on P53.14B taxes Malampaya contractors owe to gov’t

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has called for a Senate investigation on the P53.14 billion underpaid income taxes Malampaya contractors allegedly owe the government. In Senate Resolution 1388, Santiago said the government must balance the interest between...

Business groups urge gov’t to implement reforms

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Local and foreign business groups are calling on the government to implement key reforms as President Aquino enters his last year in office. The Philippine Business Groups (PBG) and Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC), a coalition composed of 18 local and foreign...

Villar welcomes signing of EOs on coco levy funds

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Sen. Cynthia Villar yesterday welcomed the approval of two executive orders that will govern the disposition and use of the coconut levy assets. Executive Order 179 signed by President Aquino on March 18, provides the guidelines that will govern the inventory,...

PHL to send home Chinese energy experts

Expatriation of Sino technicians due to ‘security concerns’ Manila, Philippines | AFP | – The Philippines said Wednesday it would end Chinese technical involvement in running the country’s power grid, partly due to national security concerns. All 16 Chinese technicians currently...

House panel OKs special powers for PNoy

MANILA (Mabuhay) -– The House energy committee has voted, 19-2-1, to approve at its level the House Joint Resolution 21 granting President Aquino additional powers to address a possible power crisis in Luzon during the summer of 2015. The joint resolution came after a series of...