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Duterte admin targets 100% electrification in 2022
by UNTV | Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Based on a study, only 89.6% of households across the country have electricity while 2.36 million have no power supply or are located in off-grid areas.
MANILA, Philippines — In an entire day, electricity is available for only three hours in Barangay Little Baguio in Malita, Davao Occidental.
According to Barangay Captain Ferdinand San, they can have access to electricity from 6 pm to 9 pm only using a generator.
It supplies electricity to more than 100 households in the barangay.
Ever since he can remember, their barangay has not been installed with electricity.
“Mabagal ang pag-unlad ng tao. Hindi masyado makatulong,” said the barangay captain.
(Progress is slow. The government hardly helps.)
Based on the study of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2017, only 89.6% of households across the country have electricity leaving 2.36 million with no power supply or are located in off-grid areas.
The Department of Energy (DOE) said that President Rodrigo Duterte directed them to complete the 100 percent electrification program for the entire country by 2022.
The President said distribution utilities (DU) will not allow private sectors to operate in their franchise areas, thereby hindering the electrification projects of the government.
“Kung hindi pa nila matugunan yung hinihinging pagpapakabit doon sa isang area ay makakapasok or bubuksan natin ang pintuan sa ating mga pribadong sektor,” said DOE Usec. Wimpy Fuentebella.
(If they still cannot address our request to install electricity in certain areas, we will allow the entry of private sector firms.)
Even Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the biggest distribution utility firm in the country, could not reach islands and remote areas in Luzon.
“Sumusubok kami ng ang tawag ay ‘distributed generation’ na gumagamit ng solar power at battery para makapagdala ng kuryente sa mga ganong lugar,” said Meralco Utility Economics headLarry Fernandez.
(We tried something called “distributed generation” that uses solar power and battery to bring electricity to remote areas.)
The DOE believes renewable energy is the key to providing electricity in far-flung areas across the country.
This is why the agency is ready to accept help from the private sector.
The Philippine government has recently agreed to allow the European Union (EU) to push through with donating P11-billion for the country’s renewable energy project.
Under this, the EU will provide solar panels to areas that could not be reached by distribution utility firms. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
In his speech during the graduation of the cadets in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Alab Tala Class of 2018 in Baguio City, President Duterte said he encourages state parties’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).
MANILA, Philippines — The International Criminal Court (ICC) responded last Friday and expressed concerns over the withdrawal of the Philippines from the Rome Statute.
In a statement, the President of the Assembly of State Parties O-Gon Kwon said the withdrawal of a state party from the agreement will have a negative effect on the collective effort to fight against impunity.
The Assembly of State Parties is the management oversight and legislative body of the ICC formed by the representatives of the country that ratified the Rome Statute.
O-Gon added, the ICC needs the support of the international community and encouraged the Philippines to remain a member of the Rome Statute.
O-Gon also urged the Philippine government to have a dialogue with the Assembly of State Parties on the issue.
He acknowledged the active participation of the Philippines since the country ratified the agreement last 2011 and last December 2017 and again reiterated the country’s support on the ICC.
“Too late the hero.” This was the response of the Malacañang regarding the issue.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that he already gave a warning in the meeting of the Assembly of State Parties last December 2017 that ICC prosecutors should not let themselves be used by politicians.
Despite criticisms, President Rodrigo Duterte has already decided to withdraw from the agreement of the International Criminal Court. Aside from this, he is also encouraging other state parties to also withdraw from the Rome Statute.
In his speech during the graduation of Alab Tala Class of 2018 at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City on Sunday, he stated that the said agreement sponsored by the European Union (EU) has no sense and is disrespectful.
“Ang sinabi ko lang ‘withdraw’ simply because to announce to the world and I will convince everybody now who are under the treaty sa ICC — get out. Get out. Bastos iyan. It is not a document that was prepared by anybody, it’s an EU-sponsored. Itong mga ito pumunta sila Africa, pinagpapatay nila iyong mga Arabs, lahat na, dito yung massacre sa Marawi. It is really an atonement for their sins,” said the President.
(I said, “withdraw” simply because to announce to the world and I will convince everybody now who are under the treaty sa ICC— get out. Get out. They are disrespectful. It is not a document that was prepared by anybody. It’s EU-sponsored. These people went to Africa and killed the Arabs there; and in the Philippines, the massacre in Marawi. It is really an atonement for their sins.)
The Chief Executive again reiterated that the Rome Statute is not effective despite being ratified in the Senate of the Philippines last 2011, but was not publicized. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
FILE PHOTO: Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr.
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang thanked the European Union (EU) for the European bloc’s proposed financial aid for the country’s drug rehabilitation centers.
The EU has offered €3.8-million for the said project.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, President Rodrigo Duterte is ready to accept donations from EU as long as there is no pre-condition that would entail the bloc’s intrusion in the Philippine government’s policies.
“The EU’s desire to support our drug rehabilitation centers runs parallel with the Duterte administration’s holistic approach to the drug problem by treating it not just as a national security issue but a public health concern as well including rehabilitation and reintegration of the drug dependents,” said the official. — UNTV News & Rescue
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