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Aboitiz Power Corp. to take over Tiwi geothermal power

Albay Province (16 April) -- The Aboitiz Power Corp., the holding company for the Aboitiz Group's in power generation and distribution, is close to taking over the Tiwi geothermal power facilities next month following its down payment of 40 percent or P8 billion from the company's internally generated funds. Located in the municipality of Tiwi, this province, the Tiwi geothermal power facilities and assets were previously owned by the government-run National Power Corporation. The power plant can generate up to 289 megawatts (mW) of power.

Catanduanes steps up anti-Rabies campaign

Catanduanes--An intensified rabies elimination campaign of the provincial government here has reeled off Tuesday (March 31) in the bid to attain a rabies-free Catanduanes by 2012. In time for the Rabies Awareness Month on March, Gov. Joseph Cua, along with Vice Gov. Alfred Aquino, provincial and national government officials, joined Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Director Dr. Victor Atienza, DA Regional Executive Director Dr. Jose Dayao, and DOH regional director Dr. Nestor Santiago in the launching activities, including the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement for a joint undertaking in carrying out the provincial antirabies campaign.

Filipino heritage festival to be launched in Naga

NAGA CITY --Mayor Jesse M. Robredo, Armita B. Rufino of the Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. (FHFI) and Ana Maria ‘Bambi’ Harper of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will be the main presentors during the formal launch and press conference of the 2009 Filipino Heritage Festival on April 15, at Almacenas Reales in Fort Santiago, Manila.

Salceda to Chiz: Economy grew despite debts

NAGA CITY--Reacting to a statement released over the weekend by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero saying that the national debt doubled under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda said the opposition senator failed to account the economic growth experienced during the term of the President. “Using the same figures [used by Escudero], [it can be deduced that] the national debt radically improved from being 78 percent of the [country’s] gross domestic product (GDP) to 52 percent of GDP,” said Salceda, an economic adviser to the President and former cabinet secretary, told the Inquirer on Sunday.

UNEP-backed school for special kids marks 6th anniversary

IRIGA CITY ---  The Bicol Development and Learning Center Foundation Inc., the community extension arm of the University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) catering to children with learning and physical disabilities, marked its sixth anniversary last month with a simple but meaningful activities.

Tigaon charts agri-business agenda

TIGAON, Camarines Sur, April 7 (PNA) -- With its development agenda deeply anchored on agriculture, this far-flung municipality at the inner northeast section of Bikol has set its goal towards becoming the premier agribusiness center of the region. The municipality is presently under the stewardship of Mayor Arnulf Bryan Fuentebella, the 33-year old son of congressman and former House Speaker Noli Fuentebella and grandson of the late Camarines Sur Governor Felix Fuentebella.

PNP Bikol hires 500 policemen this year

LEGAZPI CITY April 8 (PNA) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) regional office here announced yesterday that they are now accepting applications for the recruitment of 500 new policemen this year. Chief Supt. Paterno Bangui, Bikol police regional director, said the recruitment was in line with government's job generation program to provide employment in the countryside.

Balikatan Humanitarian Mission Kicks Off

Sorsogon Province (7 April) -- The RP-US Balikatan humanitarian mission formally opened here April 1 in a simple ceremony at Barangay Guruyan in Juban town, this province. Barangay Guruyan is one of the identified recipient barangays of the joint military forces' engineering and medical missions. Barangay Patag in Irosin, also among the identified priority areas, will receive health assistance, school buildings and road component projects.

Rapu-Rapu fishkill investigated by Ateneo, media

RAPU-RAPU, ALBAY (Nov. 14) – Dr. Emelina Regis of Ateneo de Naga University's Institute for Environmental Conservation and Research (INECAR), along with three of the institute's staff went to Rapu-Rapu island in Albay to conduct preliminary investigations into the reported fishkill from Oct. 28 to Nov. 2.

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