Photo by Andy Alvarez
AIR POLLUTION. The slash and burn  practice is still going on  in some sugar farms in Negros Occidental.*(Ronnie Baldonado photo)

5 Negros coops lobby
for lower power rates

MANAPLA, Neg. Occ. - In anticipation of impending power deficits in the next few years in Negros, the five electric cooperatives in the island have banded together and formed the Negros Electric Cooperative Association that aims to negotiate as one with large power generating companies for lower rates for power.

The five electric cooperatives in Negros island, that include the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative, Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative, Negros Oriental Electric Cooperatives I and II, have an aggregated power demand of about 250 megawatts, said NONECO general manager Dan Pondevilla.

Aggregation means pooling resources as an association to attain certain objectives such as bargaining with power generators and setting standard rates. moremoremore

CENECO charge up 12 cents

Residential rates for the August billing of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative will be 12 centavos higher than last month’s, CENECO manager Sulpico Lagarde Jr. said in a press release yesterday.

The rate for August will be P9.3766/kWh, or an increase of P0.1211/kWh over last month’s P9.2555/kWh, he said.

The upward adjustment in CENECO’s rates can be mainly attributed to the adjustment in the Transmission Charges due to an increase in demand, which accounts for 34 percent of the over-all increase, the CENECO press release said. moremoremore

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Dumaguete Diocese holds
votive masses for peace


Bishop Julito Cortes yesterday led the Diocese of Dumaguete in offering votive masses for peace in strife-torn Iraq and other nations now engaged in war and violence.

Cortes presided over a concelebrated mass yesterday morning at the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral in Dumaguete City, while other votive masses were also held at the parishes and chaplaincies under the diocese.

The masses were offered in solidarity with and in response to the appeal of Pope Francis to the world to offer prayer initiatives for peace in Iraq.moremoremore