DOE says Negros
solar power capital
Construction of P2B Silay plant starts
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The groundbreaking of a P2 billion solar farm was held in Hacienda Maquina, Barangay Rizal, Silay City, yesterday, to further boost the renewable energy output of Negros Island.
“Negros Island is the solar capital of the country, based on the current database of the Department of Energy,” said Fortunato Sibayan, DOE Solar Wind Energy Management Division chief, who was at the groundbreaking rites.
The existing solar energy service contracts issued by the DOE nationwide are expected to produce 2,000 megawatts of power, of which operating and pending projects in Negros Island are targeted to produce a total of 1,178 megawatts, he said.
Plans to extend and expand the Bacolod-Silay Airport are moving, with five consortiums qualified to bid for the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project worth P20.26 billion, Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.
The Bacolod-Silay airport expansion and extension is among the five PPP projects worth P108.17 billion involving five regional airports rolled out by the government.
"I've been informed that five companies have been qualified to join the bidding for the airport projects in the Visayas and Mindanao. And this is very good news, because it means the project is moving fast forward," Leonardia who lobbied for the airport expansion upon his appointment as Senior Vice Chairman of the Congressional Committee on Transportation, said.
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Neg Or judge gets
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
Presiding judge Rafael Crescencio Tan Jr. of the Regional Trial Court Branch 30 was awarded the Chief Justice Cayetano Arellano Award for judicial excellence, along with three others in various fields, during ceremonies held at the Centennial, Manila Hotel September 18.
He was recognized for his moral integrity and character as public servant and a private citizen. The award said Tan demonstrated competence, efficiency, and effectiveness in managing his caseload, such that he only had 81 pending cases as of December 31, 2013. “He has achieved this through the effective implementation of the one-day examination of witness rule, the continuous trial of cases, and pre-trial technique.”