Lapu-Lapu, Toledo thank AboitizPower
SHOOTING STRAIGHT - Valeriano Avila (The Freeman) - October 1, 2020 - 12:00am

I’m a follower of Dr. Steve Turley, who on YouTube makes comments mostly about conservative things that even mainsteam media does not publish. Last night, I watched his show and there was a report that is not found in our media here. For instance, his main topic was about George Soros who openly admitted to funding the group known as the Black Lives Matter (BLM). After the death of George Floyd, BLM followers went on a violent rampage, looting and destroying stores in many American cities, killing the police. BLM openly admitted that its founder was an avowed Marxist. Apparently George Soros was planning to visit the Philippines and Dr. Steve Turley reported that President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte had banned him from coming to the Philippines. Six other countries did the same against Soros: Poland, Russia, Hungary, Turkey, and Pakistan. I checked with Google if there was such a report from the Philippine mainstream media. But it only had what YouTube reported.

Now I checked with our media websites if this report was true so I took a photo of what Dr. Turley was reporting about the Philippines and it had a photo of President Duterte who stopped Soros from visiting the Philippines. Indeed, I Googled this news and it pointed to a report on YouTube. While I totally agree with Dr. Turley’s report on George Soros, all I can say is that I hope that President Duterte’s banning him from coming to the Philippines was true. Remember the 1987 Asian Financial Crisis that we had to endure; it was Soros who started it.

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AboitizPower’s direct remittances to various Cebu local governments and barangays have reached P40.6 million as of end-September, not only providing more funds for development but also a much-needed boost in their respective pandemic responses. Through the Department of Energy’s Energy Regulation 1-94 (ER 1-94) program, AboitizPower and its partners have directly downloaded a total of P15.8 million to Cebu Province, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Toledo City, as well as host barangays within these localities. Another P24.8 million from Cebu-based AboitizPower-led generation companies accumulated as of 2019 has also been remitted by the DOE to the beneficiaries.

While the ER 1-94 funds are primarily meant for the electrification of areas or households, development and livelihood programs, reforestation, watershed management, health, and environmental enhancement initiatives, a recent circular now allows the use of these shares to help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus. Brgy. Bato in Toledo City, the host beneficiary of Therma Visayas, Inc. (TVI), has almost used up its P4.24 million after distributing relief goods to 3,200 families and 2,400 households.

Meanwhile, the Toledo City government, whose financial benefits amount to P5.39 million, is planning to use all of its shares in the fight against COVID-19. Part of the plan is to buy disinfecting equipment, personal protective gear, testing kits, agri-fishery inputs, relief goods, and to pay for the housing of frontline workers, among others.

I got this report from Toledo City Mayor Marjorie “Joie” Perales who said, “The city is very grateful for the assistance from Therma Visayas and AboitizPower, especially on the ER 1-94 funds given to the City of Toledo. TVI is the first to extend their assistance to the city and rest assured that we will be transparent with all the funds that they have given to the city and those that we planned to do with the assistance.” The Toledo City government, whose financial benefits amount to P5.39 million, is planning to use all of its shares in the fight against COVID-19. Part of the plan is to buy disinfecting equipment, personal protective gear, testing kits, agri-fishery inputs, relief goods, and to pay for the housing of frontline workers, among others.

Lapu-Lapu City, on the other hand, has already used over P750,000 of its shares to buy disinfectant for local isolation facilities. However, Brgy. Ibo, the host community of East Asia Utilities Corp. (EAUC), also plans to use a portion of the benefits to purchase anti-flu vaccines for its residents.

The ER 1-94 program is a policy under the DOE Act of 1992 and the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA), which stipulates that host communities will get a share of one centavo for every kilowatt-hour (P0.01/kWh) generated by power plants operating in its area.

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For email responses to this article, write to vsbobita@gmail.com His columns can be accessed through www.philstar.com

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