Aquino in Negros today-A A +A
Thursday, May 15, 2014
PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III will visit Negros Occidental today, Thursday, to lead the inauguration of two big projects in the northern part of Negros Occidental.
Aquino will lead the inauguration of the 22-megawatt solar power plant of San Carlos Solar Energy Inc. (SaCaSol) in San Carlos City.
The SaCaSol solar farm is the Philippines’s largest solar power project to date. During the switch-on rites, the President will be assisted by Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla.
A one-minute animation on the power distribution to the Visayas Grid covering some towns of Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu, and Iloilo was showed to signal the potential areas that were energized by the plant.
The solar power plant, which utilizes photovoltaic technology, is located on a 35-hectare lot within the San Carlos Ecozone. With a total capacity of 22 megawatts, the power project has two phases, with 13-megawatt capacity for Phase 1A to be inaugurated today, and Phase 1B with nine megawatts to be inaugurated later.
Aquino wil be welcomed by officials of SaCaSol in San Carlos City.
The project is undertaken by partners ThomasLloyd, a leading global investment banking and asset management group solely dedicated to the renewable energy and clean tech sectors, and Bronzeoak Philippines Inc., a company specializing in renewable energy project development, finance and management.
Aquino will also lead the opening of the P313-million Sagay City Himogaan Bridge and Access Road.
The Himogaan Bridge, which measures 105 meters with an access road length of 3.4 kilometers, will cut travel time of vehicles passing the city by 20 minutes, said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The bridge was constructed to provide safe infrastructure facilities to the commuting public and to improve land transport in northern Negros.
The DPWH said that all types of vehicles that pass the city’s national highway can use the bridge, including loaded trucks hauling sugarcanes from farm to mill and passenger buses from Bacolod City going to Cebu on roll-on, roll-off vessels.
Based on the engineering assessment, the old bridge site was congested with commercial establishments and residential buildings and was also accident prone.
The opening of the new bridge will reduce the cost of hauling farm products, especially sugarcane from farm to mill and also reduce the cost of sugar.
Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Director Senior Superintendent Larry Decena and Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) Acting Director Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan said their personnel will also secure the President’s visit.
Other police units in Negros Occidental outside Bacolod were also on alert. Several policemen were assigned in different areas to monitor the possible protest-rally of cause-oriented groups.
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, Local Government Sec. Manuel Roxas II, and Public Works and Highways Sec. Rogelio Singson will join Aquino in his visit to the province today.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 15, 2014.