Electric coops say PEDC rates still the lowest
By: F. Allan L. Angelo
MEMBERS of The Panay-Guimaras Power Supply Consortium (PPSC) defended their decision to purchase electricity from an independent power producer based in Iloilo City.
Engr. Wilfred Billena, general manager of Iloilo Electric Cooperative (ILECO) I and PPSC president, said Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC) offered the cheapest rate among possible sources of electricity in Panay.
PEDC is a subsidiary of Metrobank Group’s Global Business Power Corp. It operates a 164-megawatt coal-fired power plant in LaPaz, Iloilo which supplies majority of the electricity needs of Panay.
PEDC is also constructing a 150-MW power in LaPaz to supply the spiraling demand for power in Panay starting 2016.
PPSC members – ILECO I, IOI, III; Antique Electric Cooperative (ANTECO) and Guimaras Electric Cooperative – recently signed an electric power purchase agreement (EPPA) with PEDC last March 2015 for an aggregate power supply of 24 MW for 25 years.
Tupas Sr. supports Rep. Jun-Jun’s wife
By: Louine Hope Conserva
FORMER Iloilo governor Nile Tupas Sr. officially gave his support to the wife of 5th district Rep. Niel “Jun-Jun” Jr.
The Tupas patriarch raised the hand of Atty. Yvonne Angeli “Gel” Lee-Tupas as their family’s candidate for congressman in the 5th district.
The formal announcement was made during Rep. Tupas’ district conference and birthday celebration at the Barotac Viejo gymnasium.
In his speech, Tupas Sr. cited the political history of his namesake and eldest son who helped him in his hospitalization.
The elder Tupas was hospitalized for sometime because of a lingering ailment.
Group: Stop city traffic lights
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
CONVENORS of the Western Visayas Transport Coalition (WVTC) issued a petition against the operation of traffic lights in Iloilo City.
“The installation and operation of said traffic lights have miserably failed to address the traffic congestion in Iloilo City Proper area,” the WVTC petition said.
The petition specifically asked the city government to immediately stop the traffic lights at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol-Casa Plaza area in the City Proper district.
It also urged the City Hall to turn off the traffic lights in major intersections during rush hours – 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The major intersections with traffic lights are in Quirino Bridge and Muelle Loney, Jalandoni-Delgado Streets, Quezon-Delgado Streets, all in City Proper; Infante Avenue in Molo and Delgado Street in City