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PIA News Dispatch - Saturday, May 17, 2014

Government working to ensure safe, orderly World Economic Forum next week

The government has been doing enough preparations for the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia to be held in Manila next week, a Palace official said on Saturday.

In a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said among the preparations being done is ensuring fast and normal flow of air traffic at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as leaders and guests arrive.

“There are arrangements that are being made. If you've travelled through the Terminal 1, rehabilitation works are ongoing and will continue to make sure that we can handle the volume, the traffic—the increase in traffic that will be—we will be expecting,” Valte said of the measures being done at the airport.

For the NAIA Terminal 1 security, the Palace official said security preparations are also in place and the Philippine National Police started heightened actions to make sure that participants arriving in the country remain safe.

President Aquino, who will keynote the first day of WEF meeting, will also separately meet the leader of Vietnam who is also coming to attend the forum, Valte said.

The meeting between the two leaders is highly likely as the Philippines and Vietnam face a more dominant China in the West Philippine Sea, according to Valte.

The WEF refers to itself as an independent international institution committed to improving the state of the world by promoting partnerships between governments and the private sector.

Philippines conglomerates such as Ayala Corp. and SM Investments, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., and global port giant International Container Terminal Services Inc. are members of WEF.

Forum participants will deliberate on the opportunities of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Economic Community to promote greater inclusion across the region.

The WEF meeting, to be held on May 21 to 23 in Manila, has for its theme “Leveraging Growth for Equitable Progress.” PND (as)

Palace assures public of steady supply of electricity

Malacanang made an assurance on Saturday that the administration is doing everything to ensure continuous supply of power and water in the midst of searing heat this summer.

On Saturday, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told dzRB Radyo ng Bayan that the energy department said that the Sual plant is running and the Pagbilao plant, which is undergoing repair, will be operational after a week.

The Department of Energy, according to Valte, said that power demand for electricity last night was not that much and it also expects a lower demand this weekend.

"So hopefully, based on these projections mukhang hindi naman magkakaroon ng power interruption huwag lang magkakaroon ng breakdown doon sa ibang power plants," she said.

Asked about government actions to avert electricity and water rationing, Valte said the government has been carrying out different measures to avoid such problems.

With regards to repair of electric plants, Valte said that once a plant goes on emergency shutdown that’s the problem that the energy department needs to immediately address--to make sure that the plant goes back online as soon as possible.

On Friday, Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., said in a press briefing that the emergency shutdown of the Pagbilao Plant resulted to rotational brownouts in parts of Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Bulacan. He quickly noted though that the Department of Energy expected the supply problem be resolved later in the evening.

On the water supply on dams that runs hydroelectric plants, Valte said the National Power Corp. is actively watching the water levels of the dam and has been cooperating with other agencies in doing cloud seeding operations to induce rain.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) are actively conducting cloud seeding operations in different areas to produce rain for the agriculture sector. PND (as)