Beneficaries of the AquaPonics solar - powered system in a photo opt with Mayor Benjamin Magalong (backrow second from right) and BFAR - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Lilibeth Signey ( frontrow left). (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda and personnel at the TTMF led by Dr. Nora Ruiz leads simple send-off ceremony for six recovered patients discharged from the Provincial Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet.(photos from Benguet Governor’s Office)

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong commends the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for its Urban Aquaponics project with vegetable and fish production as he assures the city government's support to this project that helps ensure food sufficency and availability. (CCD/PIA CAR)

DA-CAR OIC Regional Director Cameron Odsey with ACT-CIS Representative anf Benguet Legislative Caretaker Eric Go Yap and Governor Melchor Diclas turn over assiatnce to farmer beneficiaries in the province of Benguet , and to DSWD-CAR for the implementation of the Gulayan sa Barangay for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and rge Department of Education Benguet for the Gulayan sa Paaralan programon at the Benguet Capitol on August 27, 2020. (RMC-PIA-CAR)

Gatchalian urges DOE to learn from Vietnam’s experience in pursuing PH nuclear power prog

CALOOCAN CITY, Oct. 8 (PIA) -- Senator Win Gatchalian called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to consider studying the case of Vietnam in pursuing nuclear power plants before venturing on the revival of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).


Vietnam’s efforts, dating back to 1958 when it explored nuclear energy for electricity generation, only ended up being scrapped in 2016 primarily due to economics. Reports had it that nuclear power was not economically viable because of other cheaper sources of power.

By the time the decision for cancellation was reached by the Vietnamese government, the estimated cost of four nuclear reactors had nearly doubled to US$ 18 billion and pursuing the program would add more pressure to Vietnam’s rising public debt. The estimated price of nuclear-generated electricity had increased from 4-4.5 US cents /kWh to 8 cents /kWh.

Safety concerns also influenced the decision of Vietnam to cancel their nuclear program.

“Pinag-aralan ito ng Vietnam at nabigyan pa ng go-signal ng kanilang Kongreso para ituloy ang nuclear program. Pero noong 2016, kinansela nila ang proyekto dahil natuklasan nila na kulang sila sa mga safety at safeguard procedures at tumaas pa ang presyo ng kanilang kuryerte dahil nakadagdag sa presyo yung safety measures. Lumalabas na mayroon pang ibang mas mura,” Gatchalian narrated.

Another factor for the cancellation of the project was that electricity demand in Vietnam was growing but not as rapidly as they projected, crushing their anticipated power shortage in the future.

In studying the case of Vietnam, Gatchalian took note of how the coronavirus pandemic has caused a drop in electricity generation since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as operations of industrial facilities and commercial establishments have slowed down.

Compared to Vietnam’s 2,000-megawatt plant, the BNPP’s capacity is only 620 megawatts. Should plans to revive it push through, Gatchalian said the government will have to spend around $1 billion to refurbish the obsolete control room, train personnel, and address numerous maintenance and safety checks.

Few years ago, Gatchalian visited a nuclear power plant in Slovenia, which incidentally was built around the same time as the BNPP. Its retail rate per kilowatt hour (kWh) was around 9 pesos.  The cost of electricity in the country today is also pegged at 9 pesos per kWh.

“Kung gagamitin natin ang Bataan Nuclear Power Plant at ang pangakong magdudulot ito ng mas mababang presyo ay maaring hindi mangyari dahil lumang luma na ito at sa dami ng safety nets na kailangang ilagay doon ay baka mas magiging mahal pa ang presyo sa binabayaran natin ngayon. Dapat matuto tayo sa naging karanasan ng Vietnam,” said Gatchalian. (PIA NCR)

By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan



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    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 20 (PIA) - - Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairperson and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Albert Mogol calls for a synchronized heightened alert among the CRDRRMC member agencies  down  to  the barangay level for the possible effect of Tropical Depression Pepito.

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  • Rotary backs polio eradication campaign

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 19(PIA) – The Rotary Club continues to support  the  polio eradication  campaign of the government.  


Mt. Province

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    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 23(PIA)  –  Fish production  in this landlocked province is gaining headway as the  Department of Agriculture (DA) - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), in partnership with the provincial government continue to provide interventions.

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  • DILG family supports DepEd, learners in Paracelis

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- The Department of the Interior  and Local Government  tri-bureau of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police   are working together to support the learning continuity plan of the Department of Education in this town  during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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    MOUNTAIN PROVINCE--Farmers from barangays affected by the issue on insurgency in the province recently received layer chickens and carabaos under the Special Area for Agriculture and Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Cordillera Regional Office.






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