The chairman of the group that is mining the coal deposit in Calatrava town
denied reports that they will set up a coal-fired power plant at the mine site.
In fact, Marton Cui, chairman of the Calatrava Coal Multi-Purpose Cooperative
told the Negros Daily Bulletin that they are not constructing any coal-fired
AUTHORITIES ARE CALLING ON motorists, commuters and pedestrians to take extra
precautions, as they expect road accident cases to rise again involving
sugarcane trucks. Drivers of trucks hauling sugarcane are likewise reminded to
avoid overloading, and to make sure their vehicles are in good condition and
with adequate signal lights to avoid any untoward incidents on the road.* (Arman
THE SUGAR MILLING SEASON is peaking. More economic activities are again
grinding in Negros Occidental which is still highly-dependent on the sugar
industry. As farm workers do their toil to feed their family, industry and
government leaders are trying to find ways to extract more from sugarcane
especially with the challenges posed by the influx of cheap imported sugar
starting next year.* (Arman Toga photo)
"The reports are not true," Cui said.
He, however, admitted that interested parties have contacted him after NDB
reported on the availability of low grade coal mineral in the area.
Earlier, the newly organized Negros Electric Cooperatives Association (NECA)
said it plans to look for potential investors to tap the coal deposits in
Calatrava as answer to the impending power crisis facing the Philippines next
Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson also supported the move saying that "it
will be up to the local government unit concerned to support it or not."
Cui said that new models of coal fired power plants can now process low grade