MINDANAO POWER CRISIS A TOUGH HURDLE FOR NOY GOVT

The Aquino administration is having a hard time addressing the power shortage in Mindanao weeks after the region was hit by a massive blackout on February 27.
The palace pointed to the breakdown in the German Steag coal-fired power plant in Misamis Oriental as hampering government efforts in restoring electricity in many parts of Mindanao after two hydroelectric plants elsewhere tripped. “There is really a tight power supply in Mindanao. If the Steag facility were operational, we would even have a little surplus. But the Steag broke down so it has become difficult for us to meet the demand,” Coloma pointed out over Radyo ng Bayan. The shortage has been pegged at 158 megawatts.

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Malacañang says there is a proposal to set up a centralized firearms registration system to eliminate the proliferation of fraudulent documents. Malacañang says there is a proposal to set up a centralized firearms registration system to eliminate the proliferation of fraudulent documents. 60% of licensed firearms have fictitious data—Palace At least 60 percent of the 1.7 million registered firearms in the country have been found using fictitious or questionable data, a dangerous situation that could lead to a proliferation of loose guns. Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said records provided by Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed that “there are names [of firearms owners] that don’t match the address, there are cases when the name and address match bu t the photograph of the supposed firearm owner does not match the name.” Coloma said “the integrity of these records is in doubt and the reasonable thing to do is to rid these records of fraud.” “If we won’t do anything about the fake information, we would put our country in a dangerous situation and deal with loose and unauthorized firearms. That is why the PNP wants to establish a new registry system with integrity and a strict verification process,” Coloma added.


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Mindanao power crisis a tough hurdle for PNoy govt
 

MANILA, MARCH 10, 2014 (MANILA TIMES) by Llanesca T. Panti Reporter - The Aquino administration is having a hard time addressing the power shortage in Mindanao weeks after the region was hit by a massive blackout on February 27.

The palace pointed to the breakdown in the German Steag coal-fired power plant in Misamis Oriental as hampering government efforts in restoring electricity in many parts of Mindanao after two hydroelectric plants elsewhere tripped.

“There is really a tight power supply in Mindanao. If the Steag facility were operational, we would even have a little surplus. But the Steag broke down so it has become difficult for us to meet the demand,” Coloma pointed out over Radyo ng Bayan.

The shortage has been pegged at 158 megawatts.

Coloma said the government was repairing the Steag plant and other hydroelectric plants, adding that the efforts include identifying the areas with supply shortage and those with extra supply that could fill the gap.

”We don’t take the situation as it is. This is not business as usual. We deal with this with great sense of urgency and we are looking for ways to address this. The approach is very dynamic and the Department of Energy is monitoring the situation every hour,” he said.

“What we need is for us to help one another in this challenge and save electricity to address the situation,” Coloma added.

A nation of loose guns March 9, 2014 12:22 am by Llanesca T. Panti, Reporter


Malacañang says there is a proposal to set up a centralized firearms registration system to eliminate the proliferation of fraudulent documents.

MANILA -Malacañang says there is a proposal to set up a centralized firearms registration system to eliminate the proliferation of fraudulent documents.
Malacañang says there is a proposal to set up a centralized firearms registration system to eliminate the proliferation of fraudulent documents.
60% of licensed firearms have fictitious data—Palace
At least 60 percent of the 1.7 million registered firearms in the country have been found using fictitious or questionable data, a dangerous situation that could lead to a proliferation of loose guns.
Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said records provided by Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed that “there are names [of firearms owners] that don’t match the address, there are cases when the name and address match bu t the photograph of the supposed firearm owner does not match the name.”
Coloma said “the integrity of these records is in doubt and the reasonable thing to do is to rid these records of fraud.”
“If we won’t do anything about the fake information, we would put our country in a dangerous situation and deal with loose and unauthorized firearms. That is why the PNP wants to establish a new registry system with integrity and a strict verification process,” Coloma added.
There are about 600,000 unregistered firearms in the country.
A clamor for stricter gun licensing procedures was triggered by an upsurge of gun-related crimes.
There is a proposal to centralize the country’s firearms registration system to eliminate fraud and streamline the process, he said.
”If you can afford to spend P10,000 (to buy a gun), it would be reasonable to say you can afford your fare from the province to Metro Manila, even if you are from Mindanao. You can’t argue that the new system is inconvenient because anyone can see that those who seek firearm registration and ownership have money to spare because a gun is not cheap,” Coloma said.
He stressed the importance of keeping accurate information for firearms registration.
Coloma said Operation Katok, or the surprise inspection and inventory of guns across the country, helped ensure peaceful elections in 2013.
He said the PNP will start with imposing stricter rules for registering the guns of security guards.
He said the security agencies bear the responsibility of registering the guns of their employees.
“The PNP will enforce this new policy to ensure the integrity of the firearms registry and we hope that responsible gun owners will support this,” Coloma said.


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