Semirara denies collapse of mining pit wall caused death of worker

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ILOILO CITY – The Semirara Mining Power Corp. (SMPC) refuted reports that a slippage or collapse in the walls of its its mining pit caused the death of a worker Sunday evening on Semirara Island in Antique.

In a company statement released by Angeline Gardon, SMPC administrative officer, the company said safety aide Lpath Felipe died after he “accidentally slipped and fell onto one of the benches of Molave pit while conducting a routine walk-around inspection in the area.”

Enabling law needed to add nuke power in energy mix

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Congress needs to fast-track the passage of an enabling legislation for the country to develop nuclear technology as an “alternative energy” source, Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian said on Thursday, citing the lack of legal framework to add nuclear power in the energy mix. Currently, the Department of Energy (DOE) is studying the possibility of adding nuclear power to the country’s energy mix.

DOE moves to address Aurora’s power woes

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Following a Malacanang-led sortie at the Philippine Rise, the Department of Energy is pushing for expanded connection of Aurora to the national transmission grid, to support growth in the province’s northern towns.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi yesterday said he had met with officials of the Aurora Electric Cooperative (Aurelco) to discuss the island- and micro-grid solutions for Aurora’s power consumers.

Legal framework for nuclear power needed – Sen. Gatchalian

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines needs to finalize the legal framework for the development of nuclear technology as a national power source, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said.

Gatchalian said the country has yet to ratify three key international nuclear conventions, namely the Convention on Nuclear Safety, the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, and the amendment to the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.

Napocor energizes 41-km Calapan-Galera power line

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MANILA, Philippines — The National Power Corporation (Napocor) on Saturday energized the 69 kV Calapan – Puerto Galera transmission line in Oriental Mindoro, improving the reliability of power dispatch in the province.

Witnessing the switch-on, Department of Energy Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella stressed the importance of strengthening infrastructure facilities to ensure resiliency and sustainability of structures and power supply and to support the booming tourism in Puerto Galera and the entire Mindoro Island.


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