BIOMASS Thomas Lloyd executive director Anthony Coveney (3 rd from left) lowers the time capsule at the groundbreaking of biomass power plant in Manapla, Negros Occidental, in the presence of Don Mario Dia, Arthur Aguilar, T.U. Michael Sieg, Manapla Mayor Lourdes Escalante, Gov. Alfredo MaraƱon Jr., Ruby de Guzman, Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva, Ramon Picornelland Jane Yuan Xu(l-r).*

P16B set for biomass power as
European investors arrive

About 120 European fund managers and investors yesterday joined the groundbreaking of a P5.9 billion 25 megawatt biomass power plant in Barangay Sta. Teresa, Manapla, Negros Occidental.

The project is expected to create 1,000 jobs during its construction phase.

The Manapla plant is one of three Thomas Lloyd funded biomass plants, with the two others in San Carlos and La Carlota cities, which will be the first in the world to generate power solely from sugarcane waste, Arthur Aguilar, chief operating officer of North Negros BioPower Inc., said. moremoremore

Lack of water, electricity
hampers Yolanda housing

The lack of electricity and water is hampering the transfer of thousands of families to houses built by government at relocation sites in Negros Occidental, 4 years after super typhoon Yolanda hit.

In EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon told the DAILY STAR that 1,167 relocation houses are being built in Barangay Sto. Niño and three months ago he was told by the National Housing Authority that 500 houses were available for occupancy.

He said the problem is that the previous administration identified 5,000 families affected by Yolanda and there are only 1,167 houses allocated for his town, so to be fair, he decided to draw lots to determine who will be the recipients of the available houses. moremoremore


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Central Azucarera assures
Najalin Dam not polluted

Sugar miller Central Azucarera de la Carlota Inc., a subsidiary of integrated sugar and ethanol producer Roxas Holdings Inc., has assured the public the Najalin Dam, that is located near its plant in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, is not polluted, a press release from the company yesterday said.

In a statement, CACI vice president and general manager, Esteban Coscolluela, said that, based on the results of the inspections conducted by several teams from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, there were no adverse findings on the Najalin Dam in Barangay Nagasi, near CACI's plant...