Seven NegOr barangays vie for Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards

By Roi Lomotan


Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards (LTIA)-Negros Oriental Awards committee convenes to rate and evaluate the nominees for this year’s LTIA. (PIA7-NegOr)

Seven barangays in Negros Oriental are vying for this year’s Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards (LTIA) this year.

For component cities, three barangays have been nominated by their local LTIA screening committees, namely: barangays Mabigo in Canlaon City, Motong in Dumaguete City, and Tangculugan in Bais City.

On the other hand, four barangays representing four towns are also nominated for the 1st to 3rd Class Category for municipalities.

These are barangays Tinaogan in Bindoy, Ajong in Sibulan, Poblacion in Sta. Catalina, and Puhagan in Valencia.

The Provincial LTIA Awards Committee headed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) convened on Feb. 23 and Feb. 26 to assess and rate said barangays based on the documents submitted to their office.

LTIA Focal Person Didi Cimafranca said the barangays are judged based on the following main criteria: efficiency in operations, effectiveness in securing the settlement of interpersonal dispute objective of the Katarungang Pambarangay (KP), creativity and resourcefulness of the Lupong Tagapamayapa, area or facility for KP activities, and financial or non-financial support.

Cimafranca explained that barangays who will get 95 to100 rating, 90 to 94 rating, and 85 to 89 rating will be named first, second, and third place winners, respectively based on DILG  Memorandum Circular 2016 – 58 which serves as guidelines in judging the LTIA nominees.

The winning barangays will be automatically nominated for the regional LTIA by the province.

The DILG official disclosed that the awarding in the provincial level will take place in September while the regional winners will be announced by the end of December.

LTIA aims to strengthen KP as an indigenous conflict resolution structure, institutionalise a system of granting economic benefits and other incentives to the Lupong Tagapamayapa which demonstrate exemplary performance, and generate greater awareness and support from various sectors of the society on KP as a potent vehicle toward social ordering and human development.

Aside from trophies, cash incentives will also be given to the winning barangays to be utilized for their KP projects and programs.


EDC is lone PH firm in global Carbon Clean 200 list

By Jenifer C. Tilos


Enter a EDC’s 222.5MW geothermal facility in Valencia, Negros Oriental is a model for compact development that has been supplying clean, renewable power to Negros Island and the rest of the Visayas region for more than 35 years.caption

The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has proven that it is on the right track by investing in a low carbon future as it made the Carbon Clean 200™ list.

According to EDC’s Corporate Communications Officer Frances Ariola, EDC is the only Philippine company in the list of the world’s largest publicly-traded firms that lead the way with solutions for the transition to a clean energy future.

The rankings were based on the companies’ total clean energy revenues as rated by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Only companies with a market capitalization greater than $1 billion and have earned more than 10 percent of its total revenues from clean energy sources are eligible to be considered in the list.

Twenty-nine countries are represented in the latest Clean 200 group, which have an average market capitalization of $9.4 billion and generate over $363 billion in clean energy revenues per year.

China had the most number of companies in the list with 68, followed by the US with 21 firms, and Japan with 21 corporations.

EDC, which ranked 119th this year, hopes to move up in the list as it achieves its growth objectives in the coming years, said Ariola.

Clean 200 excludes all oil and gas companies and utilities that generate less than 50 percent of their power from renewable sources, as well as the top 100 coal companies measured by reserves.

It also disqualifies companies profiting from weapons manufacturing, tropical deforestation, the use of child and/or forced labor, and companies that engage in negative climate lobbying.

“EDC is a carbon neutral company and is the leading renewable energy company in the Philippines. Its total installed capacity of 1,458MW from geothermal, wind, solar, and hydro power sources accounts for 21 percent of the total installed renewable energy (RE) in the country,” said Ariola.

She added that the company has committed to not invest in coal and to make renewable energy more accessible to the Filipinos to help drive a low-carbon economy for the country.

This commitment was reinforced by EDC’s partnership with the Philippines Renewable Energy Holdings Corporation (PREHC), a consortium of investors composed of funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Mira) and Arran Investment Pte Ltd (Arran), an affiliate of GIC Pte Ltd.

PREHC’s 31.7 percent acquisition of EDC’s total outstanding voting shares from existing shareholders is the largest single foreign investment in the country under the Duterte administration.

Launched in 2016, Clean 200 is an initiative of non-profit foundation As You Sow whose mission is to promote environmental and social corporate responsibility, and Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media and research company that produces corporate rankings, research reports and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance.

The report was produced to start a dialogue on how investors can work together to achieve a clean energy economy and how to best evaluate and highlight those that are already transitioning to clean energy.

In 2016, EDC generated 8,531.5GWh that helped the country avoid 7.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.

EDC goes beyond generating RE to help in decarbonizing the country by restoring forests through its BINHI greening legacy.

It has planted 6.2 million seedlings covering 8,964 hectares of denuded land in 2016.

This resulted in 793,563 tons of carbon dioxide sequestered in 2018, which is on top of the 2.4 million tons of equivalent carbon sequestered in biomass for taking care of our geothermal reservations.

“EDC’s carbon footprint of 806,117 CO2e from its operations in 2016 is only 30 percent of the carbon absorption of the forests and plantations that it nurtures,” Ariola reported.

Electric coop urges member-consumers to report incidents of pilferage

By Roi Lomotan

The Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative (NORECO-I) is urging its member-consumers to report incidents of pilferage to the electric cooperative.

NORECO-I Area Operations Manager Erlyn Zamora said pilferage and flying connections are contributors to systems loss which later on appear in the electric bills of member-consumers.

Zamora cited as an example an individual who illegally taps electricity and consumes 10,000 kilowatt hour, the amount of energy that person consumed will automatically be part of the electric cooperative’s systems loss which will be distributed to the member-consumers.

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) allows electric cooperatives to distribute systems loss charges among the member-consumers as long as it is within the 13 percent systems loss rate limit.

Zamora said that once the systems loss rate exceeds the 13 percent limit, the electric cooperative shall subsidize the additional charges for systems loss rate.

The NORECO-I official reported in a Kapihan sa PIA forum here on Jan. 31 that the systems loss rate recorded last year was 12.72 percent.

“Kanang 12.72% kung naa kawat na kuryente diha na one percent, apil siya sa balayran ni consumer (If there is one percent of illegally consumed energy in the 12.72 percent, then it is automatically passed on to the consumer),” Zamora noted.

With this, Zamora emphasized that it is important that member-consumers report incidents of pilferage to them.

“We encourage everyone to report. You may reach us through our hotline number and we will keep the identity (of the informan) a secret,” Zamora told the attendees of the Kapihan.

Meanwhile, NORECO-I Institutional Services Manager Jonah Maxino disclosed that the Board of the Directors passed a policy which increases the incentive of individuals who would report incidents of pilferage from P500 to P1,000.

The incentive will be given to the informant once the reported incident of pilferage was confirmed and validated.

Zamora said once they recover the losses caused by illegal connections, they will deduct it from the over-all systems loss rate which would eventually reflect in the electric bill of member consumers.

Member-consumers are encouraged to contact the electric cooperative through their number 0917-314-1940.