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Archive for January, 2007

Meralco seeks approval of TOU rates

Posted by Michille on 31st January 2007

By MYRNA M. VELASCO

Giant utility firm Manila Electric Company is seeking the approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for its time-of-use (TOU) rates that it proposed to offer up to the level of residential customers with at least 2,000 kilowatt hours of monthly consumption.

If the company secures the regulatory body’s approval, Meralco president Jesus P. Francisco noted that this will benefit around 10,000 of its customers.

He intimated that a favorable ruling rendered by the ERC will give its residential customers the flexibility to choose between its rates and the competitive rate offer of state-owned National Power Corporation.

End-users interested to avail of the TOU rates will have to change their meters that could measure their level of consumption at different times of the day; which would be cheaper during off-peak period and higher during high-demand or peak period.

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Baguio temperature level drops to 10.6° C

Posted by Michille on 31st January 2007

BAGUIO CITY: Baguio’s mercury level has dropped to 10.6 degrees Celsius early Monday morning sending people to wear thick clothes.

The recorded cold temperature was relatively higher than the 10.2 degrees Celsius, which was recorded on January 8, 2003, based on the records of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration based here.

Weather observer Efren Dalipog said in an interview that the mercury level in higher elevations near Baguio like Mount Cabuyao is lower than two degrees, which means that the temperature in the mountain overlooking the city early Monday morning was pegged at 8.6 degrees Celsius.

Dalipog said two weather systems—the frontal system affecting Luzon and the moderate to string northeasterly surface wind flow affecting Luzon and Visayas—are causing more chilly days in this mountain resort city.

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Hong Kong’s smog hits danger levels

Posted by Michille on 31st January 2007

Agence France-Presse
Last updated 01:28pm (Mla time) 01/31/2007

HONG KONG — Air pollution in Hong Kong hit dangerous levels Wednesday as a row broke out over a carbon emissions trading plan with China that is aimed at improving the region’s chronically poor air quality.

Smog from vehicles and power plants in the area nudged pollution monitors into the “very high” level, triggering an automatic health warning.

Across the territory the government-collated Air Pollution Index passed the critical 100 mark, a point at which the Health Department warns anyone with breathing or heart problems to stay at home.

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Low-fare airline increases frequency to local service

Posted by Michille on 31st January 2007

CEBU Pacific (CEB) added its second daily frequency to its Dumaguete-Manila service starting last Thursday.

“The additional frequency will double our capacity to and from Duma-guete and allow CEB to offer more options for travelers. This will also mean that we will be able to offer more low fares to the public, especially to those who have not been to the many tourist attractions of Dumaguete and the surrounding islands,” Candice Iyog, CEB marketing director said.

The airline offers lowest year-round “Go” fares at P568 from Manila to Dumaguete and vice versa. All quoted fares are for one-way travel only. The “Go” fares are exclusive of surcharges and government tax.

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Benguet tourism master plan approved

Posted by Michille on 31st January 2007

THE approved tourism master plan will serve as the province’s roadmap for a sound and economically viable tourism industry.

Provincial Board (PB) Member Fernando Aritaoman, chair of the tourism committee, pushed for the approval of the tourism master plan that was contracted out to ACB Research and Development Services.

Benguet may not have as many known developed tourist sites but tourist resources and assets in the province are quite numerous and for that matter, incomparable as stated in the plan.

Tourist resources and assets are composed of attractions, sites, facilities and support services, service centers and manpower requirements.

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Unicef donates P200,000 goods to city

Posted by Michille on 31st January 2007

MAYOR Celso Lobregat has cited the continuous partnership between the Zamboanga City Government and the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (Unicef), which contributed to growth and development involving the children sector.

Lobregat said this, as he accepted with gratitude part of the over P200,000 worth of items donated by the Unicef to the Social Development Center (SDC) in Sta. Barbara Wednesday morning.

The donations were coursed through the Human Development and Empowerment Services (HDES), a non-government organization, led by Malou Lim.

“Today I thank Unicef, as I have done several times in the past, for this donation. I hope that help and hope from Unicef will always be on the way,” Lobregat declared. He personally handed over the donations to each of the 35 children housed at the SDC.

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