NGCP to shut down Panay facilities for maintenance
By: Louine Hope Conserva
AN 11-HOUR blackout will hit Panay Island on Sunday as the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) implements maintenance works on major facilities in the island.
The blackout will happen from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and will affect parts of Iloilo, Antique, Capiz and Aklan, including Boracay Island.
Michelle Visera, corporate communications and public affairs officer of NGCP-Western Visayas, said they will shut down the following transmission lines and facilities for maintenance works: 138 kilo-volt (kV) Dingle-Panit-an line; 138kV Panit-an – Nabas line; 69kV Nabas-Sapian line; and 69kV Nabas-Avon line.
The shutdown will affect the full franchise areas of Iloilo III Electric Cooperative, Antique Electric Cooperative, Aklan Electric Cooperative and Capiz Electric Cooperative.
Double Dragon faces hefty fines
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
THE private firm constructing the Gumaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal (GIFT) project in Parola, Iloilo City will be made to pay heavy fines for putting up a mall and a fuel station sans permits.
Iloilo City Engineer Roberto Divinagracia said the fines are consequence of the Notice of Illegal Construction his office issued against to Double Dragon Properties, Inc. last March 25.
“We have learned that it (Double Dragon) has been constructing structures at the Gumaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal project without any building permit. So, we issued the notice for illegal construction,” Divinagracia told The Daily Guardian.
Divinagracia said if Double Dragon applies for the building permit, it will pay the application cost of more or less P300,000 and a 25% surcharge.
“On second notice, which we will issue on Monday, April 20, the surcharge is already 50% and will balloon to 75% on the third notice; and 100% on the fourth notice,” he added.
Ileco manager sacked over bank acquisition
By: F. Allan L. Angelo
A GENERAL manager of an Iloilo-based electric cooperative and a former official of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) are facing criminal charges for the alleged anomalous acquisition of the Express Savings Bank Inc. (ESBI) in 2009.
In a statement, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found probable cause to indict former officials of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), corporate executives of WELLEX Group Inc. (WGI), Forum Pacific Inc. (FPI) and ESBI.
Indicted are former LWUA officials Prospero Pichay Jr., Eduardo Bangayan, Aurelio Puentevella, Enrique Senen Montilla III, Wilfredo Feleo, Daniel Landingin, Arnaldo Espinas; WGI executives Dee Hua Gatchalian,