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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesThursday, October 11, 2012
Negros Oriental
ButtonUse of P56B coco levy to help farmers urged
Button380 HS students granted scholarships
Power transmission back to normal
2 Sillimanians qualify for nat’l music camp
ButtonSecond UK visa center opens in Cebu

Use of P56B coco levy to
help farmers urged


Former Finance Secretary Gary Teves urged the Aquino administration to use the P56.5 billion recovered from the San Miguel Corp. shares sale to help the ailing coconut industry and its farmers.

Teves said in a press release yesterday that the government should use the proceeds to fund programs of the industry, provide livelihood projects and help increase the income of farmers in particular, amid apprehension of the farmer groups that the funds may be used to finance the Aquino administration’s anti-poverty programs.

Teves, a director of SMC, cited the Supreme Court decision in January this year that said that the funds “may only be used for the benefit of all coconut farmers and for the development of the entire coconut industry.”

380 HS students
granted scholarships

A total of 380 scholars from four secondary schools in Valencia town received allowances of P5,000 each from the Energy Development Corporation in Negros Oriental.

Valencia Mayor Enrique Gonzalez said the program is part of the company’s social commitment and contribution to the educational development of the community, and for being the host town of the geothermal energy plant in southern Negros.

The scholars are students of the Valencia National High School, Balugo NHS, Pulangbato NHS and the San Pedro Academy–Recoletos. They are required to maintain an 85 percent general average to retain the scholarship and monetary assistance.

Power transmission
back to normal


After its interruption due to a trip at a power plant in Leyte Tuesday, the electricity supply from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to clients in the Visayas region normalized yesterday.

Elmer Cruz of the NGCP Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for the Visayas said the 97-megawatt power deficit forced the company to enforce manual load shedding in the region on separate occasions to ensure a stable supply of electricity.

Customers of the Negros sub-grid experienced partial outage at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday after NGCP implemented a 20MW manual load curtailment. Brownout also hit residents connected to the Visayas grid at 12:58 p.m. because of the 81.4 MW load shedding. Power was fully restored at 2:24 p.m. in Panay, 2:31 p.m. Negros, 2:33 p.m. in Cebu, 2:20 p.m. Bohol and 2:54 p.m. for the Leyte/Samar connection, Cruz said.

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