MERGE Police personnel conduct an inventory of the firearms recovered from the house of a “cop asset” in Victorias City, Negros Occidental yesterday*


4 Negros dioceses unite
vs. coal-fired power plant
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The four bishops of Negros Island issued a collegial pastoral statement yesterday opposing the construction of a proposed coal-fired power plant in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, and called on Negrenses to join them in their campaign.

SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. is proposing to build a 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the city.

“The dark specter of fossil fuels remains with a proposed coal-fired plant in San Carlos City, hanging over our future, exacerbating climate change, threatening our resources, our environment, our health, and our sustainable development,” San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon, Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes, and Kabankalan Bishop Louie Galbines said. moremoremore


VG won’t stand in the way
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Acting Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said he will not stand in the way, if the city government of San Carlos would be a “willing host” to the planned construction of a coal-fired power plant in its area.

Lacson, who emphasized that the technology of solar power cannot be totally depended on right now, said, “We need a plant that has a base load 24/7 which is constant.”

However, Lacson, who used to be the mayor of San Carlos City, clarified he is not making a stand yet, without any discussions and hearing the pros and cons of the proposals, which he already referred to the Energy and Environment and Natural Resources committees of the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan for deliberation, and the conduct of public consultations. moremoremore

 

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FIRST IN WESTERN VISAYAS
PVO capable of diagnosing rabies
BY MARK L. GARCIA

The Negros Occidental’s Provincial Veterinary Office is now capable of diagnosing rabies through the Direct Fluorescent Antibody Test (DFAT), considered the “gold standard” for postmortem diagnosis of rabies infection, Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday.

The PVO, through its Provincial Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (PADDL), is now using DFAT, the most modern equipment for utmost accuracy of results. This is the first in Western Visayas, Decena said.

The facility has a total cost of P2,660,000 and is manned by highly-qualified laboratory personnel who have undergone a series of trainings at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in performing this examination.