Dgte university to host 2019 Cinema Rehiyon

By Roi Lomotan and Klein Emperado

Foundation University (FU) will host this year’s gathering of regional filmmakers dubbed “Cinema Rehiyon” on February 25 to March 1.

FU Public Information Officer Klein Emperado said over a hundred filmmakers across the country are expected to grace the annual celebration which marks its 11th year this 2019.

The gathering aims to strengthen the regional filmmaking scene as well as provide exposure for the filmmakers and encourage them to contribute further to Philippine cinema.

In a post published at their official Facebook page, Cinema Rehiyon reaffirmed its commitment “to provide a platform for shaping Philippine Cinema and further highlight the importance of cultivating and pushing for the artistic value of regional cinema as a huge contributor to the development of national cinema” as underscored in their theme this year, “Elevating Regional Cinema.”

The activities for the five-day event include the screening of short films and feature or full-length films from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, film exhibits, and workshops and fora on Philippine Cinema.

FU became this year’s host since it is the home of Lutas Negros Oriental Film Festival, according to Emperado.

He said that since 2013, Lutas has been the official film festival of Negros Oriental to provide a venue for budding local filmmakers.

It has earned the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and this year forged a partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

Cinema Rehiyon is a flagship project of the Cinema Committee of NCCA and co-presented by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Dumaguete City Tourism Office and other partner institutions in the city.


DOH, Dgte partner for P10.7-M satellite hospital

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Those going to the area where the new satellite hospital will be constructed may pass through this newly-concreted barangay road in Talay. (PIA/Negros Oriental)

A P10.7 million satellite hospital will be established in Barangay Talay, this city.

This is to be funded by the Department of Health (DOH) and to be equipped and staffed by the city government here.

The new health facility will cater to the medical needs of the city’s underserved barangays namely Talay, Junob, Balugo, Candau-ay, Cantil-e and Bajumpandan as well as the residents in Valencia and Bacong towns.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and City Health Officer Maria Sarah B. Talla will lead the ground breaking ceremony today with local government officials and officers of the DOH to signal the start of the construction of the satellite hospital at the City Farmstead.

This will be the third new hospital in Dumaguete City for the next four years.

The first two hospitals nearing completion are the 250-bed ACE Dumaguete Doctors Hospital in Brgy. Daro and the Negros Polymedic Hospital in Sibulan town to accommodate additional 150 beds.

Remollo is also eyeing the construction of a fire substation, evacuation center, and police substation to bring basic social services closer to the barangays.

EDC included in global Carbon Clean 200 list

By Jennifer C. Tilos

The geothermal powerplant facility in Valencia, Negros Oriental operated by EDC.

Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has been included in the latest list of the world’s top 200 biggest and greenest companies.

Its 222.5MW geothermal facility in Valencia, Negros Oriental has been providing clean, reliable baseload power to the province and to the rest of the Visayas region for over 36 years.

EDC Corporate Communication Officer France Ariola said the latest ranking (for the third quarter of 2018) marked the third time for EDC — and the first time for First Gen — to make it to the Carbon Clean 200.

Ariola said based on the latest list, First Gen ranked 113rd with estimated clean energy revenues of US$632 million in 2017, while EDC occupied the 139th slot with estimated clean energy revenues of US$494.72 million.

EDC is one of the world’s largest geothermal producers and the country’s leading renewable energy company with an installed capacity of 1,471.8 MW.

First Gen is the Philippines’ leading clean and renewable energy producer with 3,490 megawatts in installed capacity.

The prestigious list, called the Carbon Clean 200, ranks companies according to the size of their revenues from clean energy sources.

Launched jointly by non-profit organization As You Sow of the USA and market research group Corporate Knights of Canada, the Carbon Clean 200 list undergoes an update twice a year, based on total clean energy revenues that Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) rates.

To qualify for inclusion in the list, a company must have over $1 billion in market capitalization and generate more than 10 percent of its total revenues from clean energy sources, said Ariola.

“Being the only Philippine company on the list is a strong recognition of our commitment to not invest in coal and to make RE [renewable energy] more accessible to the Filipinos to help drive a low-carbon economy for the country,” said First Gen and EDC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Federico R. Lopez.

EDC also holds the distinction of being a carbon-negative company.

Ariola explained that the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) it absorbs is far more than the level of CO2 it produces.

On an annual basis, EDC helps the country avoid 6.7 million tons of CO2 emissions through its pure renewable energy operations and comprehensive watershed management program.

The Carbon Clean 200 list excludes all oil and gas companies and utilities that generate less than 50 percent of their power from renewable sources.

This also excluded the world’s top 100 coal companies, measured in terms of reserves.

Coal is considered a major source of CO2, one of the greenhouse gases being blamed in various studies for adverse climate change.

Carbon Clean 200 likewise disqualifies companies that profit from weapons manufacturing, tropical deforestation, the use of child and/or forced labor, and those engaged in negative climate lobbying.

Thirty-tree countries were represented in the latest Carbon Clean 200.

Fifty two companies were based in China, 34 from the United States, and 19 from Japan.