Acting Bacolod Mayor Greg Gasataya yesterday designated the head of the Bacolod City Agriculture Office as acting City Administrator and directed three department heads, who were “floated” by suspended Mayor Monico Puentevella, to return to their respective departments.
Gasataya assumed as acting Mayor of Bacolod Monday after Puentevella was served a 90 days suspension order by the Department of Interior and Local Government, in relation to the resolution of the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division ordering him suspended for 90 days.
“I shall return.”
Suspended Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella quoted Gen. Douglas MacArthur in his message that was read by his son Councilor Claudio Puentevella, during a press conference yesterday at the annex building of the People's House (Bacolod City Government Center), who was with his mother, Bacolod First Lady Josefa Puentevella.
“Today I peacefully received the Sandiganbayan order with a belief that everything happens for a reason. Our God works in mysterious ways and His will be done,” Mayor Puentevella said in his press statement dated November 17. .
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NGCP estimates excess
power for Negros, Panay
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
An official of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines projected that Negros and Panay islands will have an excess of several hundreds of megawatts of power if all the generation plant projects for 2016 will push through.
Zosimo Briones, head of the NGCP Negros Operations and Maintenance, said during the “Power 2” seminar and project presentation recently in Dumaguete City, that if all the proposed plant projects will push through, they are expecting a supply of about 785 megawatts, and expecting that the demand will grow by 335MWs for Panay island, or an excess of around 450MWs, by 2016.
Panay is mostly served by coal, diesel and wind plants compared to Negros island, with about three-fourths of power from solar plants, most of those located in the northern Negros area, such as Bacolod, Cadiz, San Carlos, Victoria, Manapla and Silay, about 20 percent supplied by geothermal coming from Negros Oriental, and the rest are biomass power plants..