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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

DOST-Iligan accepts applicants for 2015 DOST-SEI scholarships

By:  Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY (6 Aug 2014) - The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Science and Technology (S & T) is now accepting applications for scholarship for the 4th year high school students or incoming college students for next school year 2015.

Ferdinand A. Soliven, provincial S & T director, said scholarship application forms are available at the office of the DOST-Iligan located inside MSU-IIT campus, Iligan City.

Accomplished form can be filed at the Science Education Institute, or DOST Regional Office or Provincial Science Technology Center nearest the applicant's school or home address.

For its general criteria of eligibility, the applicant must be:  (1) a natural-born Filipino citizen; (2) a poor, talented and deserving student who belongs to a family whose socio-economic status does not exceed the set values of certain indicators as approved by the Advisory Committee on the S & T Scholarships.

Also, the applicant must be: (3) a member of the top five percent (5%) of the regular high school graduating class; (4) a member of the graduating class of a DOST-SEI-identified or DepEd-recognized science high school.

The applicant must also be: (5) a resident of the municipality for the last 4 years, as attested by the barangay/school records; (6) of good moral character and in good health; and (7) a qualifier of the 2011 S & T Scholarship Examination.

The following are NOT QUALIFIED to apply:  (1) those who have earned units in any post secondary/undergraduate course; (2) those who have taken any DOST-SEI Science and Technology Scholarship Examination; and (3) those who have applied for immigrant status in the USA or any other country.

Soliven said this is an aptitude test designed to measure abilities that determine academic and professional success in science, mathematics and engineering.

The test is divided into two major components: intellective (scientific ability; quantitative ability; mechanical and technical ability; linguistic ability; imagery; inspection; sensorimotor ability; and spatial reasoning) and non-intellective.

The awardees shall be selected on the basis of their performance in the 2015 S & T Scholarship Examination set on September 21, 2014, at the different test centers per region nationwide.

For more details and inquiry, you may visit the Iligan DOST Office, Monday to Friday, at 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or call telephone/fax number (063) 222-2980 or cellphone number 0917-677-3335.

Deadline of filing of application form shall be on August 22, 2014.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Alsons Power's Sarangani Energy Corp to provide electricity to Iligan City

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 1, 2014) - Iligan Light and Power, Inc. (ILPI) - the electric distribution utility servicing the City of Iligan, has chosen to source up to 27 megawatts (MW) of power from the Alsons Power Group's 210-MW Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) coal-fired power plant in Maasim, Sarangani.

A power sales agreement (PSA) between ILPI and SEC was signed on July 15, 2014.  The agreement, which has a 25-year duration, is subject to approval by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

The City of Iligan, with a population of more than 320,000, currently requires around 37-MW of power.  

SEC's 210-MW coal-fired power plant currently undergoing construction in Maasim, Sarangani is one of only two power plants that will be operating by 2015 to help provide a sustainable and lasting solution to the power crisis that has been plaguing Mindanao since 2010.

At $570-million, the SEC plant is the single largest investment in the province of Sarangani and the entire Region 12.  The SEC plant will begin operating on October of 2015 with an initial capacity of 105-MW.  The SEC power facility will reach its full 210-MW capacity in the latter part of 2016.

When it commences commercial operations in 2015, SEC will be providing power to over 3.7-million people covering Iligan City, General Santos City, the entire province of Sarangani, key municipalities of South Cotabato, the entire province of Compostela Valley, the whole of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur, and most areas of Davao del Norte, including the cities of Samal and Tagum.

Aside from the SEC plant, Alsons Power is developing the 105-MW San Ramon Power, Inc. coal-fired power plant in Zamboanga City.

Alsons Power currently operates three diesel plants in Mindanao: Mapalad Power Corporation's 103-MW plant in Iligan City; the 55-MW Southern Philippines Power Corporation facility in Alabel, Sarangani; and the 100-MW power plant of the Western Mindanao Power Corp. in Zamboanga City.  All three diesel plants are contributing to help alleviate the power shortage in Mindanao.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SSS pensioners get five-percent increase effective June 2014

By:  Lorry Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, June 11, 2014 (PIA) - In view of its sustained financial growth and as part of its commitment to provide more meaningful benefits, the Social Security System (SSS) has announced the five-percent across-the-board pension increase for 1.9 million SSS pensioners effective June 2014.

In a recent press statement, the SSS disclosed that all active pensioners for retirement, death, and disability as of May 31, 2014 can expect higher benefits in their banks account or pension checks.

To provide time for necessary system adjustments, SSS Vice President for Benefits Administration Agnes San Jose said the new across-the-board pension increase can only be paid out starting August 2014, including the additional amounts for June and July.

The state-run agency provides pensions under the regular Social Security (SS) Program and the Employees' Compensation (EC) Program.  EC pensions, which are granted on top of regular SS pensions for members with work-related contingencies, are excluded from the five-percent increase.

"The SSS will continue to pursue more reforms to improve its long-term financial health as well as enhance its benefit levels," San Jose noted.  

Monday, June 9, 2014

Operating NSC again is wishful thinking

By:  Merlito Castor Catolico

Have inspected the whole plant together with some CASSO personnel two months back, including the guest house, club house, expats house, cold mill, hot mill, the former Rod and Bar Mill area, and many other areas (from the outside as we cannot see the mill itself) - no power, only seen very few people, some stray dogs, and people at the gate arguing about some items being shipped out.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Teen-ager walked through high tension wires at Iligan City plaza

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (5 June 2014) - A teenager believed to be high on drugs today halted traffic and caused tension to by-passers at the Iligan City Public Plaza, when he climbed up the banyan tree and walked through the high-tension wires above it.

Monday, June 2, 2014

National Steel Corporation in Iligan looted and rots

By:  Bernie C. Magkilat
Manila Bulletin

ILIGAN CITY (Jun 2, 2014) - While the government is moving heaven and earth to revive the country's manufacturing sector, which is the biggest hope to provide employment to the less educated Filipinos who cannot be accepted in call centers and BPO works, it has lost sight of the country's biggest industrial plant - the National Steel Corp. (NSC), which used to be the symbol of the country's march towards industrialization.


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