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Akelco restores 85% electricity in Aklan, northern Antique 3 weeks after Ursula

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:36 PM

Aklan Electric Cooperative says it has restored power in 122,194 households and establishments in the province

BAYANIHAN. Photo by Aklan Electric Cooperative

5 Batangas towns without electricity due to Taal eruption

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:26 PM

Agoncillo, San Nicolas, Sta Teresita, Talisay and Laurel towns are without power

POWER SUPPLY. A file photo of the First Gen power plant in Batangas. Facebook account of First Gen Corporation

Power restoration in Ursula-hit Aklan eyed on January 25

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:11 PM

The Aklan Electric Cooperative says its initial target was to restore power by February 9

POWER RESTORATION. As of January 8, the Aklan Electric Cooperative says it incurred an initial damage of P94.858 million in the franchise area. File photo from Akelco

Napocor to help resolve Camotes Islands' power woes

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The problems in power distribution are due to outdated facilities in the islands off mainland Cebu

APEC party-list congressman briefly held at NAIA over bomb joke

Jul 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Cracking bomb jokes inside the airport is prohibited by law, punishable by prison time of up to 5 years or a maximum fine of P40,000

BOMB JOKER. APEC Representative Sergio Dagooc is not detained because of congressional immunity. Photo from APEC's website

No end in sight to 'unrelenting' power outages in Palawan

Jul 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Palawan Electric Cooperative says it has already solved its undersupply problem. Now it's grappling with another challenge: trees that obstruct their distribution lines.

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Power coop's financial woes may plunge Camiguin into darkness – congressman

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Camiguin Congressman Xavier Jesus Romualdo says the Power Sharing Agreement of Camiguin Electric Cooperative with one of its power suppliers is 'over-contracted'

POWER COOP WOES. Camiguin Representative Xavier Jesus Romualdo presides a hearing on the financial viability of Camiguin Electric Cooperative at the Camiguin convention center on March 19, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Sotto vows probe into Batangas Electric Cooperative funds

Nov 30, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Batangueño consumers launch the Power Watch Movement, seeking a congressional investigation into the alleged mismanagement of the Batangas Electric Cooperative

CONSUMERS’ MANIFESTO. Power Watch Movement convenor Paquito Lirio presents Senate President Vicente Sotto III with a copy of the manifesto asking for a congressional investigation into the mismanagement of the Batangas Electric Cooperative on November 29, 2018. Joining the launch of the movement were (from left) professor Benjamin Carandang, ERC Director Sharon Montañer, former congressman Nikki Briones, Presidential Adviser for Southern Tagalog Dennis Hernandez, Batangas Forum vice president Mannie Barradas, businessman Francis Laurel, Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, Batangas Investment Council chairperson Joey Leviste, and Padre Garcia Mayor Michael Rivera. Photo by Tina Ganzon Ozaeta/Rappler

Duterte eyes entry of 'big players' to end Palawan blackouts

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:07 AM

'I'll give you about towards the end of the year. You have to upgrade your source of energy kasi 'pag hindi, hanap ako ng may pera talaga. 'Yung China nangangati kamay niyan,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech in Puerto Princesa City

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

DICT taps Benguet electric coop for internet service

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) will be the first electric cooperative to deliver fast, cheap and reliable Internet service to its 190,000 members

BENECO. An Electric Lineman repairs a street light in a residential area in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Aklan electric cooperative is 10% done with Boracay rehab operations

Jul 13, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The rehabilitation work of the Aklan Electric Cooperative in the franchise area of Boracay is mainly dependent on DPWH budget allocations, according to Engineer Joel Martinez, Assistant General Manager for engineering

BORACAY REHAB. Background file photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Emergency funds for electric coops ready for Duterte's signature into law

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:50 PM

If the bill is signed into law, electric cooperatives would no longer have to pass on costs of infrastructure damaged by natural calamities to their consumers

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Palawan CSOs see hope in Renewable Portfolio Standards

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:19 PM

'Palawan has a lot of land, so there is definitely [a] potential to put up renewable energy here,' says National Renewable Energy Board Chairman Jose Layug

File photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

Mindanao electricity market targeted for launch in Q2 2018

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Energy Undersecretary Felix William B. Funtebella says the government is currently auditing the system of the electricity spot market for Mindanao

Gatchalian hits 'shallow' NEA probe into Palawan blackouts

Aug 15, 2017 - 3:07 PM

In response the National Electrification Administration says it will issue a show cause order to all electric cooperatives including Paleco on why they should not be sanctioned

Senate panel orders NEA to probe extended blackouts in Palawan

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED Senator Sherwin Gatchalian gives the National Electrification Administration until Friday August 11 to finish its probe and submit findings to the energy committee

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Puerto Princesa gov't eyes lawsuit vs power distributor

Jul 18, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Kailangang may managot dito Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron says in an emergency meeting with local officials and private sector representatives on the frequent power outages in the Palawan capital

POWER SUPPLY WOES. (R-L) Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron, Provincial Legal Counsel TJ Mata, and local business leader Arjie Lim at a news briefing on July 17, 2017. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Palawan suffers daily rotational blackouts

May 06, 2017 - 11:20 PM

UPDATED The Palawan Electric Cooperative says independent power producers are unable to stabilize the energy supply but two of these IPPs have no penalty clause in their contracts

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperation (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Power consumers show force, seek reforms in energy industry

Apr 29, 2017 - 11:05 AM

The 1st National Summit of Electric Consumers gathers up to 5 000 attendees who collectively oppose any future plan to privatize or convert electric cooperatives into a government owned and controlled corporation

SHOW OF FORCE. The 1st National Summit of Electric Consumers gathers up to 5,000 attendees

Ex-congressman Valdez's trial for PDAF scam set to proceed

Mar 08, 2017 - 12:45 PM

The former Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives representative is accused of pocketing P57.78 million in pork barrel

Damage to SURNECO distribution lines 'minimal' after Surigao quake

Feb 11, 2017 - 5:38 PM

It is expected that 90 will be energized as soon as NGCP restores power the energy department says in a statement

Benguet Electric coop exec faces graft charges

Jan 18, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Verzosa a private individual faces the graft case alone after his co accused died before the case was filed

Lineman from Leyte dies helping restore Cagayan power

Nov 18, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Solana town Senior Police Officer 4 SPO4 Roque Binayug in his statement to the Cagayan Electric Cooperative CAGELCO says Benito may have touched a live wire connected to a generator in a nearby house

DMCI Power building new Palawan plant

Aug 16, 2016 - 12:28 PM

As of June 2016 only 5 400 of the 7 263 households in the municipality of Aborlan where the plant will be built have electricity connections

ELECTRICITY WOES. Aborlan is a first class municipality located 69 kilometers south of Puerto Princesa City. Its population is estimated at over 32,000. File photo by Rappler

Blackout in 5 Zambales towns on Feb 25

Feb 24, 2016 - 2:46 PM

The power outage from 6 am to 6 pm will affect areas serviced by the Zambales Electric Cooperative I

Meralco: Competitive Selection Process will hurt consumers

Nov 02, 2015 - 6:00 AM

The policy is illogical and not in consumers interest as it gives gencos the power to dictate prices says the head of the distribution utility Manuel Pangilinan

Meralco looking to acquire more distribution utilities

Aug 02, 2015 - 9:38 PM

The firm is looking to expand its presence beyond its franchise area and its interests could extend to Visayas and Mindanao

Hydropower plant seen to save Ifugao Rice Terraces inaugurated

Jul 11, 2015 - 10:53 AM

As a condition for the grant the net proceeds of the plant must be placed in a trust fund called the Rice Terraces Conservation Fund for the preservation of the Ifugao Rice Terraces

SAVE IFUGAO RICE TERRACES. This photo shows Ifugao Governor Denis Habawel during the inauguration of the Likud Mini-Hydro Power Development Project. Photo from the official page of the Ifugao provincial government

Coal-fired power plant in Sarangani to be completed end-2015

Jun 12, 2015 - 6:17 PM

Construction at the Alsons Power controlled Sarangani Energy Corporation is on 24 7 as the Korean contractor Daelim Industrial Company rushes to meet the completion date target

SEC Power Plant

Ex-lawmaker Edgar Valdez surrenders over pork scam charges

Feb 25, 2015 - 10:55 AM

The former APEC party list representative faces plunder and 7 counts of graft for allegedly stealing up to P95 million in public funds through the pork barrel scam

Ex-lawmaker Edgar Valdez ordered arrested over 'pork' scam

Feb 23, 2015 - 8:26 PM

Valdez of the party list group APEC is the second former member of the House of Representatives to be ordered arrested over the pork barrel scam

'Evolutionary' measures needed to address PH power situation

Feb 06, 2015 - 4:48 PM

An energy specialist at the World Bank group says the Aquino administration can tap electric cooperatives to help address the country s power supply problems

NGCP restores power lines in Ruby-hit areas

Dec 09, 2014 - 4:00 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines resumes power transmission in Visayas areas affected by RubyPH

Drilling for $180-M Mindoro geothermal project starts July

Jun 06, 2014 - 1:12 PM

The geothermal plant is set to give cheap renewable energy source to the blackout prone island

Zambales towns to have 11-hour power outage

May 06, 2014 - 8:16 AM

Customers of Zambales 1 Electric Cooperative will experience a power outage on Thursday May 8 lasting from 3 to 11 hours due to maintenance work

North Cotabato LGUs, residents slam hours-long brownouts

May 03, 2014 - 1:28 AM

The protesters ask the DOE to intervene and help solve the power shortage in North Cotabato

PROTEST. Residents of North Cotabato urge the auhtorities to explain the daily brownouts and high electric bills they have been experiencing. All photos by Karl Ballentes

DMCI Oriental Mindoro power plant to go online in December

Apr 13, 2014 - 3:35 PM

The plant will supply the energy requirements of the Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative

NGCP: Last Yolanda-damaged transmission line fixed

Feb 07, 2014 - 2:42 PM

The sub transmission line known as the Tolosa Javier 69 kilovolt kV line in Leyte was repaired on February 4

FIXED. The NGCP fixes the last transmission line damaged by Typhoon Yolanda. Photo from NGCP website

New geothermal plant to pull down power rates in Mindoro

Feb 02, 2014 - 4:36 PM

A power supply agreement is currently being negotiated for EPI to supply the power requirements of the Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative

Electric cooperatives get P3.9-B subsidy after Yolanda

Jan 08, 2014 - 10:38 PM

33 electric cooperatives from 19 provinces will receive a portion of the P3 9 billion subsidy

SUBSIDY. The DBM released P3.9 billion to the National Electrification Administration to help cooperatives in the Visayas to get power back. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Court blocks Palawan DMCI coal plant

Dec 12, 2013 - 5:55 PM

A Palawan regional trial court extends a temporary environmental protection order that stops the grant of all permits for the coal plant

'NO TO COAL.' Residents and students in Aborlan, Palawan protest the proposed coal plant to be built by DMCI Power Corporation. Photo courtesy of WWF-Philippines

83% of Visayas power load restored – NGCP

Dec 08, 2013 - 6:23 PM

This is after the grid corporation restored 8 more transmission lines in the region

Leyte, Samar still without power

Nov 10, 2013 - 8:07 PM

Power is back in some provinces affected by super typhoon Yolanda but the hardest hit areas are still in darkness

POWERLESS. Most areas in Tacloban City, Leyte still have no electricity due to the damage caused by typhoon Yolanda. Photo by Rupert Ambil/ Rappler

WRAP: Yolanda brings monster winds, giant waves

Nov 08, 2013 - 4:53 PM

Typhoon Yolanda kills 3 and isolates communities

ROUGH SEAS. High waves caused by strong winds pounded the seawall of a port as Typhoon Yolanda hit the city of Legaspi, Albay. Photo by AFP/Charism Sayat

San Miguel needs P1B to rehabilitate Albay electric cooperative

Oct 02, 2013 - 12:39 PM

Albay governor Joey Salceda says some of Aleco s facilities are obsolete while others are in dire need of an upgrade

Toppled tower causes power outages in GenSan

Oct 01, 2013 - 12:57 PM

Half the power supply in General Santos was cut off after armed men toppled a transmission tower in Kabacan Cotabato

SOLE BLACKOUT SURVIVOR. Sydney Hotel in downtown General Santos was the only illuminated building evening of September 30, 2013 after the local electric cooperative imposed a two 3.5-h daily blackout as a result of the toppling of an NGCP tower in Kabacan, Cotabato. Photo by Edwin Espejo

Electricity restored in Albay

Jul 31, 2013 - 3:41 PM

UPDATE PEMC says Albay could still face another blackout if the debt ridden Albay Electric Cooperative doesn t start repaying its bills within the week

Province-wide blackout in Albay due to P4-B unpaid bills

Jul 30, 2013 - 8:53 PM

The electric supply to the province was cut off at noon Tuesday – affecting at least 160 000 households – due to nearly P4 billion in unpaid bills

Politics behind P30-B power coops' debt to Psalm?

Jul 15, 2013 - 10:27 AM

The government will not condone the reportedly ballooning debts of electric cooperatives says Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla

POWER AND DEBTS. The energy chief says the government will not condone the debts electric cooperatives owe state agencies. Photo by AFP

Power deal to boost Mindanao supply up for approval

May 02, 2013 - 8:58 AM

Mapalad Power Corp and the Zamboanga del Sur I Electric Cooperative ZAMSURECO are seeking approval for a 5 MW power sales agreement

POWER COUPLE. Mapalad Power Corp. and ZAMSURECO are looking to boost the power supply in Mindanao. File photo