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Visayas Director

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831
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Amante said his team will ..., 3 Mar 2014 [cached]
Amante said his team will submit a report to DOE Visayas Director Antonio Labios after completing its investigation.
Amante said they welcome any parallel investigation to be conducted by Dole 7, which has the mandate to ensure that labor laws are followed.
He said their mandate is on matters related to coal production for power generation and safety operations of mining companies.
Labios said the Energy Resource Development Division should complete its investigation within the week.
Seri's operation has been suspended.
Labios said they may cancel the firm's coal operating contract or file charges.
He said before a mining company receives a coal operating contract, the firm must show to DOE a table of organization for the safety of its personnel and that it has enough equipment.
During the power summit organized by ..., 9 June 2012 [cached]
During the power summit organized by the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) Cebu on Friday, DOE Regional Director Antonio Labios said the Visayas grid needs a total additional capacity of 2,000 megawatts (MW) starting 2015 and in the next 15 years.
For 2015 alone, Labios said Visayas needs an additional 100 MW based on DOE's power supply and demand outlook.
Labios said there is a strong demand for power in the Visayas considering the increasing number of malls, business establishments and residential areas.
"Now until 2014, we still have ample supply of power but 2015 and onwards is really critical," he said.
In the Visayas, Labios said Friday, the projected growth in the demand for power is 4.55 percent each year, that's why new power generation sources are needed to prevent rotating brownouts.
From January to May this year alone, the maximum power demand in the Visayas grid, Labios said, was 1,437 MW.
This reflected an increase of nearly four percent compared to the maximum power demand recorded in the same period last year, which was 1,386 MW.
Speaking during the summit Friday, Labios said the existing power plants are already expanding their operations but can only cover the additional power needed starting from last year until 2014, or about 232 MW.
Labios said they are running energy investment forums to encourage stakeholders, particularly in the private sector, to pour in more investments to the energy sector and establish more power plants.
Labios said there is already a private entity based in Korea that has expressed interest to invest in a solar power plant that has a capacity of 70 MW.
But Labios said everything is still at the proposal stage.
There are other entities, whom he did not name, who have expressed intent to build power plants. "However, these are not committed yet, meaning there are no financial closures. They are indicative projects that we really hope nga madayon (these will push through)," he said.
"We are hoping that these projects will proceed to satisfy the additional power requirements," he added.
Department of Energy (DOE) ..., 3 Mar 2014 [cached]
Department of Energy (DOE) Visayas Director Antonio Labios sat in on both meetings.
Labios said the test flow will determine the commercial viability of the discovered oil.
Before the firm receives a service contract from DOE, Labios said it has to comply with the technical and financial requirement.
He said Gas2Grid was issued a service contract in 2004. The contract expired in January, and the firm received a one-year extension to conduct the test flow, Labios said.
He said the Australian firm can probably finish the test flow in a span of three months.
Labios said both firms assured the governor that both activities (oil drilling and test flow) will have no harmful effect on the environment.
In response, Antonio E. ... [cached]
In response, Antonio E. Labios, regional director of the Department of Energy (DoE) Visayas Field Office, said that the claims of the fisherfolks regarding the reduction in fish catch is yet to be validated and substantiated by scientific studies.
Labios said that 12 of the 14 barangays of Argao have passed resolutions endorsing the project and that meetings with the mayors of Argao and Sibonga, as well as that of the governor have shown that they are supportive with the project. "We just have to address the issues of the fisherfolks," he said.
However, the four-day IFFM further discovered that the communities as well as local government officials were not consulted by the mining companies before entering the seas, in violation of several Philippine laws. It was also disturbed by reports that some local government officials are involved in unethical relations with the mining companies and that the military has been deployed in certain areas to intimidate and quell the growing citizens' movement against off-shore mining.
Labios further claimed that based on their consultation with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) is not required for NorAsian to conduct the survey as said document is only needed once production is started. Regardless, NorAsian and JAPEX did their best to comply with environmental guidelines, which includes consultation with various stakeholders, claimed Labios.
Labios said that they would soon be signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Municipalities of Argao and Sibonga so as to lift the recent cease and desist order imposed by the provincial government of Cebu as per Executive Order No. 09 signed by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.
Labios said that the purpose of the seismic survey is to minimize if not eliminate the environmental impact once the oil drilling is started. "The DoE and the service contractor do not shy away in addressing the concern of the fisherfolk," Labios said.
Regional Director Antonio Labios of the Department of Energy in Central Visayas (DOE-7) said the agency is validating the claims of fisherfolk that their livelihood is affected by the NorAsian oil exploration activities.
"Fish catch, according to the fishermen, is also affected by the season. The decrease in fish yield could also be permanent or temporary. We have to find that out," he told reporters yesterday.
"We would get baseline data from the municipal fisheries and the BFAR (Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources)," Labios said.
Labios said the target of the project is Argao town and that the agency already secured approval from 11 out of 14 barangays in the town.
Apologies by Department of Energy in Central Visayas (DOE-7) regional director Antonio Labios and NorAsia Energy Ltd. representatives did little to appease the irate governor during a meeting yesterday.
"No more surveys unless you come up with and show us a clear system wherein there will be no more miscommunication," Garcia told Labios and NorAsia officials.
Labios, said there was a simple "miscommunication" in DOE's dealings with Galeos and Bacaltos.
Labios told the governor that he would make sure that communication gaps are addressed.
Antonio Labios, DOE regional director for the Visayas, said he met with members of the Fisheries Improved for Sustainable Harvest (FISH project), which is one of non-government agencies involved with towns within the Danajon Reef. "They (FISH project) requested for an orientation from our team. We spent four hours explaining, the group was composed of experts, marine biologists," Labios said. "Sa among understanding nakasabot sila (We believe they understood the exploration activity)," he added. Labios also said DOE consulted the officials and residents of Borbon town in four visits and orientation sessions. "We assured them that there are measures undertaken. The EMB has issued a CNC, that means we are complying with EMB on the Environmental Impact Assessment law," he said. "On the safety of mariners, all the ships that would pass through the (seismic survey site) will see notices. On the socio-economic aspect, the fishermen will be compensated for the payaws (fishpens) in the site," he added. Labios said payaws that will be compensated must be certified by the municipal agricultural and fisheries office. "We excluded marine protected areas from the survey. This is also not the first time we conducted a seismic survey along the Camotes and Bohol Seas. So far, based on our presentation, there is no effect (on the marine resources)," he said. He said marine mammal scientists from Australia will be present during the activity. "The sound frequency is between 230 and 260 only, which is equivalent to 170 decibels to 270 decibels. The sound of the fast craft is stronger (than the seismic waves)," said Labios. "The boat can stay in an area for seven hours, but the seismic survey is only for 2.5 hours," he said.
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