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By David Celestra Tan
Everyone is washing his hands of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) of 2001, now that it has reared its ugly head.
The power rate hike case that the Supreme Court will hear next week involves a classic dilemma: Should a polity prioritize its needs as a market or as a community? In an ideal world, a young and growing country like the Philippines should not have to choose; in the real world, however, the choice can be both unavoidable and stark.
Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla has put his job on the line with the promise to restore by Christmas Eve power supply in vast areas in Eastern Visayas ravaged by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” Restoring electricity to the region will be more than just symbolic. “Energizing” far-flung communities is a life-changing event for the people living there. With electricity comes progress. On the other hand, living literally in the dark is quite tragic. Darkness has come to be associated with criminality, and the rise in robbery cases, even rape, in the darkened communities in Leyte is proof of this.
By Peter Wallace
Have you ever tried to get a committee to agree on something? Or worse, to agree to many things? Or even worse, many things where strong positions prevail, or something worse than that: two or three committees to come together to agree? If so, then you’ll realize what monumental significance there is in getting 17 business chambers to agree on not just one but eight issues they all think are of the highest importance. The 17 are made up of 10 local business chambers supported by seven foreign ones. It’s an amazing confluence of disparate entities that shouldn’t be ignored.
By Neal H. Cruz
As we celebrate the 27th anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution that freed us from the shackles of a dictatorship, perhaps we should also start another revolt to free us from the shackles of greedy private corporations. I am referring to the utility companies, such as water, power, communications and toll road operators, which [...]
By KRISSY CONTI
I write as an old member of Anakbayan, the group that has been pushing the limits of comfort and debate on the party-list system. It’s classic Anakbayan to bring the troops out as noisy and as opinionated as possible—many join this organization precisely for the passion and rage—but underneath it all is a solemn question: What is the meaning of “marginalized”?
It’s a road, a water catchment and a power generator all rolled into one. The proposed North Luzon East Expressway seeks to cut travel time from Quezon City to Nueva Ecija by a third, collect water that can provide a week of Metro Manila’s needs and generate electricity of up to 120 megawatts (MW).
In the news article titled “Chevron, APC plan to put up geothermal power plant in Kalinga” (Inquirer, 6/11/12), APC Group chair and president Willy Ocier proudly declared: “We’ve secured all IP [indigenous people] approvals for Kalinga.”
By Mehdi Khalaji
The recent nuclear talks in Istanbul between the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council—plus Germany—and Iran have shifted the world’s focus to the possible terms of a deal when the sides meet again, probably in Baghdad on May 23. So what accounts for the new seeming willingness of Iran’s leaders to reach an agreement?
By Lucita Gonzales
The government and a big player in the power industry attempted to replay an old script. Fortunately, the people of Mindanao didn’t buy it.
By Cielito F. Habito
No, this article is not about public-private partnerships, a.k.a. build-operate-transfer (BOT) and similar schemes for infrastructure provision by the private sector—although that would be useful too. In a visit to Sulu last week in my work for economic development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), I found out that the most critical needs in the island province could be summed up in three Ps. I discuss each one below.
The latest word on the furor surrounding President Aquino’s political adviser Ronald Llamas’ cache of firearms is that the license of his AK-47 assault rifle has been revoked by the Philippine National Police. This comes on top of the announced dismissal of Llamas’ two aides, which figured in the vehicular accident that unwittingly laid bare the portable armory.