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  • SMC weighs solar hydro power plants

    Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. may build hydroelectric and solar power plants in Luzon and Mindanao on top of coal projects, a source said Thursday.

    "Renewable energy projects are still on the research and development stage," the source said.

    San Miguel has focused on coal-fired plants, with the construction of the 300-megawatt Davao and the 600-MW Bataan power stations set to start.

    The source said San Miguel is scheduled to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the 300-MW coal-fired power plant in Davao next week.

    "The construction of the Davao plant will follow [after groundbreaking ...

  • Illegal logging irks governor

    Illegal logging irks governor

    Gov. Suharto 'Teng' Mangudadatu has ordered an investigation into the reported illegal logging activities in the mountain villages within the boundary of Lebak and Kalamansig towns.

    Wenceslao Flores, executive assistant to the governor, said the governor was upset when he saw more than 20 felled huge timbers of 'Red Lawaan' hardwood specie during an ocular inspection recently at far-flung sitio Lem, Barangay Salangsang in Lebak town.

    Flores said local indigenous peoples had earlier complained to the governor about the wanton cutting of timber within the concession area of the Consunji lo ...

  • Balut Island

    Balut Island

    Kara David heads to the southernmost tip of the Philippines this Monday to document a special island where two cultures meet.

    Balut Island is closer to Indonesia than it is to the mainland of Mindanao. Almost half the population are Indonesians, many of whom consider themselves full-blooded Pinoys. Their families have been crossing the border from the nearby Indonesian island of Marori since time immemorial.

    Lola Adelina is now 83 years old. She was born Indonesian but has lived most of her life as a Filipina. Deoromude Arbaang changed his name to Alfredo so he could feel more Pinoy. H ...