Guv. MarañonREHEARSAL.  Pupils of the Lizares Elementary School in Barangay Granada, Bacolod City practicing at the Bacolod public plaza, yesterday for their part in the  MassKara Festival.*
(Andy Alvarez photo)

EDC still constructing
smaller plant in Bago

The Energy Development Corp. announced yesterday that it will start the construction of a 6 to 8 megawatt geothermal power plant in Brgy. Mailum, Bago City, Negros Occidental, next year.

Dwight Maxino, vice-president of the Negros Island Geothermal Business Unit, made the announcement yesterday, in the wake of reports that EDC is abandoning Negros Occidental, following the shutdown and transfer of the Northern Negros Geothermal Power Plant equipment to Valencia town in Negros Oriental in 2011.

The transfer of equipment was made by EDC after it failed to generate the expected 40MW power from its NNGPP power plant in Bago City. Instead, EDC managed only to generate about six to eight megawatts.moremoremore

Mayor says city
APEC venue, too

Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella said yesterday that he was informed by Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation National Coordinating Committee director general Marciano Paynor Jr, that Bacolod City was chosen as one of the venues for one of the conferences of the APEC summit in 2015.

APECis a forum fo r21 Pacific Rim member economies that seeks to promote free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Puentevella said, in an interview over ABS CBN, that an inspection team from the
APEC-NOC was supposed to arrive in Bacolod City next week but all the hotels are fully booked for the MassKara Festival.moremoremore

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Noreco 2 implementing
read-and-bill system


The Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative 2 Siaton sub-area billing office will start implementing the read-and-bill system effective this month through the use of its new meter reading device in Siaton and Zamboanguita towns in Negros Oriental.

Sharon Araula of Noreco 2 said the read-and–bill system is one of the innovations of the cooperative to be more efficient in providing quality service to its member-customer-owners.

She said MCOs in Siaton and Zamboanguita should expect the meter reader to read their meters using the new device. Immediately after the reading, she said, the coop meter reader will print out the statement of account and hand it to the MCO. moremoremore