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CamSur Takes Lead in Wind Energy Development in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 30 (PNA) -- There are various points across Bicol identified as perfect wind power resources, and the province of Camarines Sur is taking the lead to harness this natural power source. Camarines Sur Governor Luis Raymund Villafuerte over the week announced that works on the P5-billion wind energy farm had started with the construction of meteorological facilities at the project site in Libmanan town. When completed and put into operation, the energy generation facility could produce at least 60 megawatts of electricity which would be more than enough to meet the province’s requirements reaching only more than 20 megawatts, the governor said. The Department of Energy (DOE) last year awarded the franchise for the Bernacci Mountain Wind Power Project in Libmanan to Cornerstone Energy Development, Inc. This development is hoped to earn a reputation for the province as the greenest in the country in terms of energy use and generation, Villafuerte said. Earlier, the…

Gov't Pours in P6.6-B Worth of Infra Projects to Spur Bicol Economic Growth

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 23 (PNA) -- The Bicol region received about P6.6 billion funding this year for vital infrastructure projects that are expected to bolster the region’s economic growth, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said. Danilo Dequito, DPWH regional director, said this year’s infrastructure funding is higher by 20 percent or P1.1 billion over last year’s P5.5 billion expenditures. Dequito said the fresh funding came from the General Appropriation Act and some P5.3 billion will finance various projects by the different district engineering offices (DEOs) in the provinces of Bicol. Camarines Sur gets P1.6 billion, followed by Albay with P1.0 billion; Camarines Norte, P922.5 million; Catanduanes, P681.6 million; Masbate, P524.2 million, and Sorsogon, P520.7 million. Dequito said P1.3 billion worth of projects would be carried out by the regional office. Asked why some projects are being implemented by the regional office but are supposed to be done by the ag…

DENR: Nearly 1 Million Seedlings Planted on 1,212 Hectares in 2012

Nearly a million seedlings and mangrove propagules were planted on 1,212 hectares of forest and swamp land in the entire province in 2012, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) provincial and community officers in Catanduanes reported last week. PENRO officer-in-charge Joaquin Ed Guerrero and CENRO officer-in-charge Luvimindo Chioco disclosed that the timber, fruit tree and ornamental seedlings totaling 574,290 were planted on 1,160 hectares in the towns of San Andres, Virac, Viga, San Miguel, and Bato under contract with respective farmers associations while 338,888 mangrove propagules were planted in 72 hectares of swampland in Panganiban and San Andres. These were undertaken pursuant to the National Greening Program (NGP)’s plantation development project. The timber and fruit tree seedlings consisted of Antipolo (88,888 pieces), Baligang (8,000), Dao (27,100), Gumihan (4,500), Jackfruit (2,220), Kupang (27,510), Marang (45,412), Narra (281,369), Cacao (5,740…

Magayon Festival 2013 to Feature Albay-Masbate-Sorsogon Scenic Tourist Spots

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 9 (PNA) -- The Provincial Government of Albay plans to feature different scenic tourist spots in the provinces of Albay, Masbate and Sorsogon (Almasor) during the month-long Magayon Festival 2013 in April. Albay Governor Joey Salceda, also Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC) chair, announced that the Magayon Festival 2013 will no longer be limited to promoting Albay’s tourism pride and products. “This year’s festival will also help boost the tourism industry of the neighboring provinces of Masbate and Sorsogon,” he said. Last year, as RDC chair, Salceda initiated the Almasor tourism area. He said that tour packages will be offered to both domestic and foreign tourists during the Magayon Festival. The visitors may opt to start their adventure in Albay from Lignon Hill to Cagsawa Ruin, Daraga Church, Mayon Skyline Observatory, Mayon Volcano lava and all-trail-vehicle adventure, and end up buying Albay’s best souvenir products. The second leg of the tourism…

BFAR, Catanduanes School Join Hands in Fish Hatchery Project

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 7 (PNA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is working with the Catanduanes State University (CSU) in the operation of a fish hatchery facility designed to help the province of Catanduanes improve the performance of its fishery industry.

The hatchery is now functioning as a modern facility for aquaculture, stock enhancement and genetic conservation through trapping of adult and spawning fishes, crabs, shrimps and mollusks. It features ponds and tanks for egg and fry incubation and rearing juveniles before releasing them to their natural habitat in mangrove areas where stocks are assessed based on their function for ecosystem conservation services. Presently being reared in the hatchery are portunid crabs, siganids or rabbitfishes, epinephelids or groupers, cichlid fish (tilapia) and tiger prawn and shrimps. The hatchery will add bivalve and gastropod molluscs to its current stocks this year, BFAR regional director Dennis Del Socorro said here…