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Not to WESM, Yes to Economic Dispatch in Mindanao
by: David A. Tauli

It is economic dispatch that needs to be implemented in the Mindanao grid, instead of illegally parachuting the WESM into a grid that is not connected to the Luzon-Visayas grid.

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An Alternative Electricity Market to WESM in Mindanao
by: David A. Tauli

The Association of Mindanao Electric Cooperatives is having their General Membership Meeting today, February 17, 2017, here in Cagayan De Oro City. The delegates and guests, mostly from the generating companies, spent the morning on a workshop discussing an alternative electricity market for Mindanao that would address the problem of providing electric power supply to their member-consumers that is adequate, reliable, and at least cost.

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Open Letter on Mindanao WESM
by: David A. Tauli

Open Letter on Mindanao WESM

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The Proposed Wholesale Electricity Spot Market in Mindanao, Part 3
by: David A. Tauli

Today, February 13, 2017, the Department of Energy conducted in Cagayan de Oro a “Public Consultation on Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) in Mindanao”, which was stated to be one of a series of public consultations on the draft Department Circular “Declaring the Launch of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) in Mindanao and Providing for Transition Arrangements”.

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Land governance policy overhaul to prevent spread of Metro Manila’s ‘urban nightmare,’ says Dominguez
by: Paola Alvarez

Metro Manila’s “urban nightmare” underscores the urgency of overhauling the country’s obsolete land governance policies to prevent this severe case of poor land administration from spreading all over the country, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.

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Proposals for the Electric Power Industry in Mindanao: Addressing the Problem of Overcontracting of Power Supplies and the Alleged Overcapacity of Coal-Fired Power Plants
by: David A. Tauli

The Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AMRECO) and the AMRECO Power Supply Aggregation Group Corporation (AMRECO PSAGCORP) will be holding a workshop on February 17, 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City on the “Drafting of Rules for WESM in Mindanao”.

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RESUME GRP-NDF TALKS: PEACE MUST ALWAYS BE THE CHOICE!
by: Balay Mindanaw

Over six months ago, the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines chose the only thing chosen for them by the people, and that is PEACE.

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Hammer & Anvil – You got it right the first time, Mr. Cusi
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We hope Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi remains firm about his earlier decision to allocate the cheap hydroelectric power from the Agus-Pulangi Hydroelectric Complex to the island’s poorest of the poor. That’s because former Rep. Charito Plaza, recenty appointed to head the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), plans to usurp it for big business by allowing the payment of lower power rates in Mindanao’s economic zones in the Davao (Region 11), Caraga (Region 13) and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and is even now drafting a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Energy.

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Hammer & Anvil – Poor, Hungry & Clueless in Mindanao
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The Palace press is crowing about how fewer Filipinos considered themselves poor in 2016 than any other year on record. "Change has indeed come, and it is being felt by our people," Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in report recently published in a national daily.

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Hammer & Anvil – The Hundred Year Flood
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Legend has it that a flood of gargantuan proportions would hit Cagayan de Oro every 100 years. That started in 1916, then more recently in 2009 when the city was hit in two consecutive weekends by non-stop rains that spawned floods the new generation haven’t seen the likes of.

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Hammer & Anvil – Kawat sa Atubangan
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How is it that Cagayan de Oro with only about two thirds of Davao City’s population has some 6,000 taxis to Davao’s 4,000? And that doesn’t count the colorum taxis yet which could also add up to a substantial number.

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Muslims in 2017
by: Samira Ali Gutoc-Tomawis

Statisticians warn anew that Filipinos will increase to as high as 105 million in population. In this mass is the community of Muslims who have the highest fertility rates. It is normal here to have 7-10 kids despite poverty.

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Battered Butig
by: Samira Ali Gutoc-Tomawis

Where is the Holiday Spirit in War-Torn Butig? One Butig lady could not use her eyes nor hear already. One body's head-top was still evident from his semi-burial state. These were some testimonies of the impact of war here in the Philippines.

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Hammer & Anvil – Lighting up Lanao
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If Energy Undersecretary Benito L. Ranque has his way, the sitios and municipalities in Lanao del Sur which have remained without electricity since the first Agus hydroelectric plant was set up in 1950 will soon be energized.

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Main Problems and Objectives in Mindanao for the Electric Power Industry
by: David A. Tauli

Following is my list of major problems and objectives in Mindanao for the electric power industry. This is posted in order to solicit additions to the list and suggestions and comments on what consumer groups and government agencies can do to help address the problems.

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Hammer & Anvil – The Magnitude of Poverty in Mindanao
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It’s exhilarating but at the same time depressing to look at the magnitude of poverty figures from the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) in the last 10 years.

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How the X in X’mas Started
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Apparently, the “X’mas” abbreviation has been used for hundreds of years (some texts cite its first known use as 1551) in religious writing and variants such as Xtemass, originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation /ˈkrɪsməs/. Besides the Greek letter X representing Christ, the word mas in Xmas is from the Old English word derived from Latin for Mass.

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Hammer & Anvil: Thanks Mr. Cusi but No Thanks!
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Recently, a national business newspaper ran a headline about the Dept. of Energy mulling the possibility that the output of Mindanao’s hydroelectric power plants may be set aside for the island’s poorest.

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Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Ledesma
by: Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ

Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Ledesma

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