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Old March 25th, 2009, 05:32 AM   #101
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Aussie firm gets partner in Yakal oil field
By Alena Mae S. Flores

Kairiki Energy of Australia said yesterday that it has signed a conditional agreement with a private oil and gas investment company to sell its 17 percent interest in a portion of service contract 54 in northwest Palawan.

Kairiki Energy owns a 40 percent stake in the oil exploration area while Nido Petroleum Ltd. holds 60 percent.

SC 54 covers the Yakal and Tindalo oil discovery fields, which have potential reserves of over 35 million barrels of oil.

ISIS Petroleum Consultants Pty Ltd. earlier reported that Yakal had potential reserves of up to 10.7 million barrels while Tindalo had 24.5 million barrels with a recovery factor of 35 percent and 45 percent, respectively.

Kairiki Energy under the agreement will retain a 23 percent stake in the concession after the deal with the undisclosed oil and gas company is finalized.

The company also said that the exploration area would be divided into SC 54-A covering the concession near the shore and SC 54-B away from the coastline.

“Kairiki will retain a 23 percent interest in the inboard portion of SC 54 [SC 54-A] and a 40 percent interest in the remainder of SC 54 [SC 54-B],” the company said.

The company said the investors would earn a 17 percent interest in SC 54-A by reimbursing Kairiki Energy $7 million of its past costs, plus funding the next $6 million of Kairiki’s remaining 23 percent share of the SC 54-A work program.

“The investors are particularly experienced in drilling and engineering operations and strategically aligned to deliver first oil by early 2010 from the shallow water portfolio,” Kairiki Energy said.

It said the farm-out would retroactively take effect from March 1 but was conditional on finalization of a formal farm-out agreement by April 15.

“We are extremely pleased to have entered into an agreement to farm down part of our interest in the inboard portion of SC 54, retaining a material equity position in both the inboard and outboard portions of SC 54, so shortly after completing the successful drilling campaign in late 2008,” said Laurie Brown, Kairiki Energy’s managing director.

He said the transaction would bring Kairiki Energy one step closer to realizing its goal of delivering a production revenue stream in the near term and was consistent with the company’s strategy to acquire projects with relatively low risk, undertake extensive technical work and introduce a partner of strategic value to assist in the development of those projects.
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Old March 25th, 2009, 05:37 AM   #102
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Govt signs $3-b mining deal
By Othel V. Campos

Intex Resources Philippines Inc., a unit of Intex Resources ASA of Norway, yesterday signed a $2.95-billion agreement with the Philippines to develop a nickel reserve on an area straddling Occidental and Oriental Mindoro provinces.

Erlend Grimstad, chief executive of the local Intex unit, said Environment Secretary Lito Atienza signed the production and sharing agreement, which will pave the way for start of commercial production as early as 2012.

Intex’s local partner in the Mindoro mining project is Aglubang Mining Corp., the holder of the minerals production and sharing agreement with the Philippine government.

“We hope to finish the definitive feasibility study by November this year and commence with the construction by late 2010 once we have the financing in place by early 2010,” Grimstad said in a phone interview.

An initial feasibility report predicted more deposits than initially estimated on the area.

An estimated annual output of 40,000 metric tons “appears to have been conservative” based on “extensive” testing, the Oslo-based metals explorer said on Jan. 21, citing a feasibility study. Intex had deferred completing the study to the fourth quarter of this year from the first because of the global credit crunch.

A high-pressure acid leach facility will be included in the mine and will be able to produce 80,000 tons of nickel and 3,700 tons of cobalt annually. Construction and development is scheduled until 2011, with commercial operations starting the next year.

Intex plans to spend $2.05 billion for the first stage of the project and $900 million for the second phase. The company, however, appeared to have reduced its estimate for capital expenditures due to low metal prices.

“From they submitted, Intex will now be spending $2.5 billion,” said Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Horacio Ramos.

He said the investments would include expenses for the processing, fertilizer and power plants.

Intex plans to tap the capital market to partly fund the project.

“We’re hoping to have on board a strategic partner after we finish the definitive feasibility study and secure an environmental compliance certificate by the second quarter of next year,” Grimstad said.

He said the parent company was finalizing a mixed financing package that included the sale of shares, entry of a strategic partner and borrowings from international banks.

A pre-feasibility study completed by Aker Solutions Australia in December 2007 confirmed the viability of building a nickel processing plant that could produce 40,000 tons a year.
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Govt signs $3-b mining deal
By Othel V. Campos

Intex Resources Philippines Inc., a unit of Intex Resources ASA of Norway, yesterday signed a $2.95-billion agreement with the Philippines to develop a nickel reserve on an area straddling Occidental and Oriental Mindoro provinces.

Erlend Grimstad, chief executive of the local Intex unit, said Environment Secretary Lito Atienza signed the production and sharing agreement, which will pave the way for start of commercial production as early as 2012.

Intex’s local partner in the Mindoro mining project is Aglubang Mining Corp., the holder of the minerals production and sharing agreement with the Philippine government.

“We hope to finish the definitive feasibility study by November this year and commence with the construction by late 2010 once we have the financing in place by early 2010,” Grimstad said in a phone interview.

An initial feasibility report predicted more deposits than initially estimated on the area.

An estimated annual output of 40,000 metric tons “appears to have been conservative” based on “extensive” testing, the Oslo-based metals explorer said on Jan. 21, citing a feasibility study. Intex had deferred completing the study to the fourth quarter of this year from the first because of the global credit crunch.

A high-pressure acid leach facility will be included in the mine and will be able to produce 80,000 tons of nickel and 3,700 tons of cobalt annually. Construction and development is scheduled until 2011, with commercial operations starting the next year.

Intex plans to spend $2.05 billion for the first stage of the project and $900 million for the second phase. The company, however, appeared to have reduced its estimate for capital expenditures due to low metal prices.

“From they submitted, Intex will now be spending $2.5 billion,” said Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Horacio Ramos.

He said the investments would include expenses for the processing, fertilizer and power plants.

Intex plans to tap the capital market to partly fund the project.

“We’re hoping to have on board a strategic partner after we finish the definitive feasibility study and secure an environmental compliance certificate by the second quarter of next year,” Grimstad said.

He said the parent company was finalizing a mixed financing package that included the sale of shares, entry of a strategic partner and borrowings from international banks.

A pre-feasibility study completed by Aker Solutions Australia in December 2007 confirmed the viability of building a nickel processing plant that could produce 40,000 tons a year.
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Old March 25th, 2009, 03:35 PM   #104
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Carabaoi Island is an island at the tip of Romblom Island..its proximity to Boracay made the government decide to construct an international airport that will serve Boracay..It is reported to be having the longest runway when completed..
thanks for the info....so the it is now under construction...longest runway in the philippines?
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Old March 29th, 2009, 06:46 AM   #107
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03/11/2009 | 08:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The longest underground river in the world lost the top spot in the ‘New7Wonders of Nature’ (www.new7wonders.com) poll to the world’s largest river.

Just a few months after claiming the top spot in the nomination phase, Palawan’s Subterranean River National Park was edged out by the Amazon River in the ongoing second phase of the New7Wonders online poll.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ace Durano urged Filipinos to “keep the eye on the prize" and continue voting for all Philippine entries to the worldwide contest.

“All the voting and support have already generated immense publicity for our country. It would indeed be a feat for the Philippines if the Puerto Princesa Subterranean Park becomes one of the seven phenomenal sights in the world," Durano said Wednesday.

Palawan’s underground river topped the said online poll last year while Tubbataha Reef ranked 3rd, Chocolate Hills located in Bohol province ranked No. 5, Mayon Volcano in Albay province is ranked No. 11, Mt. Pinatubo in Zambales and Hundred Islands National Park in Pangasinan is ranked No. 31 and No. 28, respectively.

But when the votation for the second stage began last Jan. 7, the subterranean river lost the top spot to the Amazon River.

Only 77 of the 261 nominees will remain after voting ends in July 7, 2009. The DOT said that after the top 77 candidates are determined, the New7Wonders Panel of Experts, led by Prof. Federico Mayor, former director-general of UNESCO, will then take over to select the 21 finalists.

The voting will resume shortly after the 21 finalists have been announced.

"The nominees will compete for vote against candidates within their category. Simultaneous with the voting, the New7Wonders World Tour will visit the 21 Finalists to give each a chance to be seen by the whole world. The final 7 will be announced in 2011," the DOT added in a statement.

The non-profit New7Wonders Foundation, which also undertook the “New Seven Wonders of the World" search that was rounded up in 2007, said that through this contest, it aims to undertake documentation and conservation works of monuments worldwide under the motto, “Our Heritage is Our Future." - Mark Joseph Ubalde, GMANews.TV
Here's a ipcture of the entrance to the Puerto Princesa Underground River

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i am sharing my photos to the Puerto Princesa Underground River and its environs, also known as The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. This place was formerly called St. Paul Underground River.
These photos were taken last Mar 27, 2009, when we visited the place.















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Old April 29th, 2009, 08:41 PM   #109
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Hi guys,

Me and my friends are planning to go to PG this mid-May for a quick getaway. we're looking for a CHEAP but DESCENT accommodation near the beach. I've check hotels and resorts on-line but prices are way beyond our budget for a two-night trip.
Can you suggest any property?...someone told me about some cheap rooms in the area but I don't see them on the web or any of their contact info. Please help.

PM me pls.

Thanks!
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FINAL RULING
SC: 16 municipalities can’t become cities


By Tetch Torres
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First Posted 14:38:00 05/07/2009

Filed Under: Local authorities, Judiciary (system of justice)

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court has denied with finality appeals to reverse its ruling that declared as unconstitutional laws that converted 16 municipalities into cities.

Voting 6-5, the court voided the following Republic Acts: 9389 (Baybay City in Leyte), 9390 (Bogo City in Cebu), 9391 (Catbalogan City in Samar), 9392 (Tandag City in Surigao del Sur), 9393 (Lamitan City in Basilan), 9394 (Borongan City in Samar), 9398 (Tayabas City in Quezon), 9404 (Tabuk City in Kalinga), 9405 (Bayugan City in Agusan del Sur), 9407 (Batac City in Ilocos Norte), 9408 (Mati City in Davao Oriental), 9409 (Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental), 9434 (Cabadbaran City in Agusan del Norte), 9435 (El Salvador City in Misamis Oriental), 9436 (Carcar City in Cebu), and 9491 (Naga City in Cebu).

“In view of the denial of the second motion for reconsideration, no further pleadings shall be entertained. Let entry of judgment be made in due course,” the high court said in a three-page resolution.

The court had voided the said laws converting the municipalities into cities in a resolution dated November 18, 2008.

The court said the municipalities were not exempt from the income requirement for cities of P100 million.

The income requirement for cities was raised to P100 million from P20 million after Republic Act 9009 amended the Local Government Code. The laws converting the 16 municipalities into cities were passed after RA 9009 took effect.

The court said “limiting the exemption only to the 16 municipalities violates the requirement that the classification must apply to all similarly situated.”

The high court made the ruling following a petition by the League of Cities of the Philippines, saying a wholesale conversion of municipalities into cities would reduce the share of existing cities of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).
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Folk dancing is also about identity
by Maria Althea Teves, abs-cbnnews.com/Newsbreak | 05/17/2009 4:35 PM

Pandanggo sa Ilaw, originating from Mindoro, remains one of the most popular and enduring folk dances of the Philippines. Audiences continue to be astonished by the dancers’ ability to move as fluid as the lighted oil in the lamps they have to balance on their heads and their hands.

When the lights are out, the performance continues—unlike in other dances. In the dark, dancers are no longer the stars. They are reduced to faceless bearers of light.

“It is so beautiful to observe how graceful the lights glide and move,” said Rhodora Barojabo a finalist of the Gawad Geny Lopez “Bayaning Guro” Awards, who is a bearer of light in her own city of Calapan , Oriental Mindoro.

Gawad Geny Lopez is the Lopez group of companies' annual search for Filipino leaders who help their communities and inspire love of country.

A dedicated music, arts and physical education teacher at Jose J. Leido Jr. National Memorial High School , Barojabo wishes to change one child at a time by teaching cultural dances.

“I want to teach children folk dances so they would have a strong sense of identity and pride in Mindoro and have discipline,” she said. “Children should be disciplined and learn to respect. Dance is nothing if you do not have these.”

A Calapan dance

Because she wanted Calapan’s identity to shine brightly like the Pandanggo oil lamps, she thought it would be good to make a dance that reflects Calapan culture. She called it Hayuma Calapeña.

“Naghahayuma is the local term for sewing a net,” she said. Calapan is a coastal city and fishing is Mindoro ’s main source of livelihood.

Many dances focus on the act of drying the fish or fishing itself, but none has paid attention to the tools needed for making a living, like sewing the fish nets, she said.

A difficult and tedious process, sewing a net could take a whole day or two, demonstrating how crucial the quality of the nets are to their lives, she said.

The Hayuma Calapeña needs both boy and girl dancers, “to show how families in Calapan help each other, also how positivity and romance blossoms in hard times,” she said.

The performance emphasizes the community’s cooperative nature where girls sew the nets and the men lay them out and then throw them back to the ladies to check the quality, she said.

The boys wear long pants with native salakot hat and the girls wear bandanas, skirts and pants. The movements are graceful yet lively.

The full body cover, which is a protection against the blazing sun near the sea, is complemented by the “fluid yet joyful” movement and music.

The light-hearted music of the dance was composed by her uncle, Oscar Nicasio, a former member of the Nicasio Brothers band that played string instruments.

Light in the dark

Residents of Calapan were not supportive of her endeavors in the beginning. When she asked that some of the children be excused from class so she could teach them the dance, she said parents would get annoyed and say their classes were more important. Some parents and teachers went to the extent of telling the children to their faces that they could not dance, she said.

Lacking support when she began teaching in 1991, she had to turn to well-off families because they could spare some money for the costumes.

Despite the obstacles, she continued to work hard to develop the Hayuma Calapeña until 1999 when it won in a Department of Education contest to promote local culture. “All the Calapañans became very supportive,” she said proudly.

With newfound popular support, it became easier for her to find children not only willing to learn the dance but also to change their perspectives about their future.

“I would not want to impart anything to these children that they won’t use in the future,” said Barojabo, “The discipline that comes with dancing would help them in their future endeavors.”

She said that one male student, who did not even know how to dance, told her that her dance lessons kept him away from gangs.

Dancing, she said, has helped her students who have graduated to gain college scholarships. “Not only dance troupe scholarships, but also varsity scholarships. Their discipline helped them,” she said.

She said her favorites are students who do not even know how to dance. “I think that their discipline is inspiring, although obviously they would not be great dancers but it shows that hard work would help you in any aspect of your life,” she said.

Barojabo’s dream

The very strict dance teacher said that she wishes that children would grow up to become disciplined leaders to sustain the flourishing community. A disciplined environment helps as well, she said. Mayor Salvador Leachon’s main project is making Calapan City the most disciplined city.

Aside from discipline, “I also want a city with a strong sense of identity, that is why I am an advocate of folk dances,” she said.

She also said that it would be nice to have a festival that is a Calapan staple: “Like Aklan’s Ati-atihan, I hope we would have a festival that would be popular so that more and more tourists could see how beautiful our city is.”

Barojabo said that, “Knowing your identity coupled with discipline, there is no way that you would fail.”

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any suggestion what to do in marinduque. Will go in June? Any reliable tour guide/operator for half day tour?

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FINAL RULING
SC: 16 municipalities can’t become cities


By Tetch Torres
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 14:38:00 05/07/2009

Filed Under: Local authorities, Judiciary (system of justice)

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court has denied with finality appeals to reverse its ruling that declared as unconstitutional laws that converted 16 municipalities into cities.

Voting 6-5, the court voided the following Republic Acts: 9389 (Baybay City in Leyte), 9390 (Bogo City in Cebu), 9391 (Catbalogan City in Samar), 9392 (Tandag City in Surigao del Sur), 9393 (Lamitan City in Basilan), 9394 (Borongan City in Samar), 9398 (Tayabas City in Quezon), 9404 (Tabuk City in Kalinga), 9405 (Bayugan City in Agusan del Sur), 9407 (Batac City in Ilocos Norte), 9408 (Mati City in Davao Oriental), 9409 (Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental), 9434 (Cabadbaran City in Agusan del Norte), 9435 (El Salvador City in Misamis Oriental), 9436 (Carcar City in Cebu), and 9491 (Naga City in Cebu).

“In view of the denial of the second motion for reconsideration, no further pleadings shall be entertained. Let entry of judgment be made in due course,” the high court said in a three-page resolution.

The court had voided the said laws converting the municipalities into cities in a resolution dated November 18, 2008.

The court said the municipalities were not exempt from the income requirement for cities of P100 million.

The income requirement for cities was raised to P100 million from P20 million after Republic Act 9009 amended the Local Government Code. The laws converting the 16 municipalities into cities were passed after RA 9009 took effect.

The court said “limiting the exemption only to the 16 municipalities violates the requirement that the classification must apply to all similarly situated.”

The high court made the ruling following a petition by the League of Cities of the Philippines, saying a wholesale conversion of municipalities into cities would reduce the share of existing cities of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).
Mimaropa is not affected by this move...there are no cities reverted back to municipalities in this region.
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Severe Weather Bulletin Number THREE
Tropical Cyclone Warning: Tropical Storm "FERIA"
Issued at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Tropical Storm "FERIA" has made landfall over Borongan, Eastern Samar.

Location of Center: (as of 4:00 p.m.) 40 kms South Southeast of Catarman, Northern Samar
Coordinates: 12.2°N, 124.8°E
Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and
Gustiness of up to 90 kph
Movement: West Northwest at 22 kph.
Forecast Positions/Outlook: Wednesday afternoon: 70 kms Southwest of Metro Manila
Thursday afternoon: 260 kms West Northwest of Laoag City
Friday afternoon: 500 kms North Northwest of Basco, Batanes

Areas Having Public Storm Warning Signal

Signal No. 2 (60-100 kph winds)

Masbate
Ticao Island
Sorsogon
Albay
Camarines Provinces
Catanduanes
Marinduque
Romblon
Burias Island
Southern Quezon
Oriental Mindoro
Samar Provinces
Leyte Provinces
Biliran Island
Northern Iloilo
Northern Negros
Northern Cebu
Aklan
Capiz

Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds)

Occidental Mindoro
Lubang Island
Batangas
Cavite
Laguna
Rizal
Northern Quezon
Polilio Island
Calamian group
Cuyo Island
Bataan
Bulacan
Metro Manila
Bohol
Rest of Cebu
Rest of Negros
Guimaras
Southern Iloilo
Antique
Siquijor
Surigao del Norte
Siargao Island
Dinagat Island
Camiguin


Residents living in low lying and mountainous including coastal areas under signal #2 and 1 are alerted against possible flashloods and landslides.

The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 P.M. today.

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PAG-ASA Latest Weather Bulletin

Severe Weather Bulletin Number THREE
Tropical Cyclone Warning: Tropical Storm "FERIA"
Issued at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Tropical Storm "FERIA" has made landfall over Borongan, Eastern Samar.

Location of Center: (as of 4:00 p.m.) 40 kms South Southeast of Catarman, Northern Samar
Coordinates: 12.2°N, 124.8°E
Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and
Gustiness of up to 90 kph
Movement: West Northwest at 22 kph.
Forecast Positions/Outlook: Wednesday afternoon: 70 kms Southwest of Metro Manila
Thursday afternoon: 260 kms West Northwest of Laoag City
Friday afternoon: 500 kms North Northwest of Basco, Batanes

Areas Having Public Storm Warning Signal

Signal No. 2 (60-100 kph winds)

Masbate
Ticao Island
Sorsogon
Albay
Camarines Provinces
Catanduanes
Marinduque
Romblon
Burias Island
Southern Quezon
Oriental Mindoro
Samar Provinces
Leyte Provinces
Biliran Island
Northern Iloilo
Northern Negros
Northern Cebu
Aklan
Capiz

Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds)

Occidental Mindoro
Lubang Island
Batangas
Cavite
Laguna
Rizal
Northern Quezon
Polilio Island
Calamian group
Cuyo Island
Bataan
Bulacan
Metro Manila
Bohol
Rest of Cebu
Rest of Negros
Guimaras
Southern Iloilo
Antique
Siquijor
Surigao del Norte
Siargao Island
Dinagat Island
Camiguin


Residents living in low lying and mountainous including coastal areas under signal #2 and 1 are alerted against possible flashloods and landslides.

The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 P.M. today.
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6 RP regions pack 'wind power' - study

By Rudy A. Fernandez
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DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines - Six regions in the country have excellent wind resources that can be harnessed to help boost national development.

“The best wind resource is in the north and northeast (of Luzon), and the worst resource is in the south and southeast of the archipelago,” reported Enrique Marquez of the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) based in Bonuan Binloc, Pangasinan.

NFRDI, headed by interim executive director Dr. Westly Rosario, is attached to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

Marquez reported on the country’s wind resource at the “First National Summit on Modernization in Aquaculture” held recently at the DA-BFAR-NFRDI Asian Fisheries Academy (AFA) here.

Marquez presented results of a wind resource analysis and mapping study on the archipelago done by the United States Department of Energy-National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The data sets included information provided by the DOST-Philipine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), National Power Corp. (NPC), and US National Climatic Data Center.

The study resulted in the publication of “Wind Energy Resources Atlas of the Philippines,” the first of its kind done for the country. The mapping system’s main output is a color-coded map containing the estimated wind power and equivalent wind speed for each individual grid cell (electric power network).

To portray the mapping results, the archipelago was divided into 13 regions. Each region is about 300 kilometers by 300 km.

“The wind mapping results show many areas of good-to-excellent wind resource for utility-scale applications or excellent wind resource for village power applications,” the DA-BFAR-NFRDI engineer reported.

The best wind resources are found in the following six regions:

* Batanes and Babuyan Islands in the northern part of Luzon.

* Northwest tip of Luzon (Ilocos Norte).

* The higher interior terrain of Luzon, Mindoro, Palawan, Panay, Cebu, Negros, Leyte, Samar, eastern Mindanao, and adjacent islands.

* The east-facing coastal locations from northern Luzon to Samar.

* The wind corridors between Luzon and Mindoro (including Lubang Island).

* Between Mindoro and Panay (including the Semirara Islands and extending to the Cuyo Islands).

* More than 10,000 square kilometers of windy land areas have good-to-excellent wind resource potential.

“Considering only the areas of good-to-excellent wind resource, there are 47 provinces out of 73 with at least 500 MW (megawatts) of wind potential and 25 provinces with at least 1,000 MW of wind potential,” Marquez said.

Relating this limitless resources to fisheries, he said wind energy can directly benefit aquaculture by driving water pumps (wind pumps), aerating fishponds and tanks (wind mill aerators), and generating electricity (wind turbines).

Marquez said windmills and equipment required for such activities can be manufactured locally and inexpensively. Also, this provides employment.

He concluded by, among other things, recommending the establishment of a Center for Wind Energy Technology.
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