Tuesday, November 30, 2010

LED: new wonders 
In light technology 

COMPACT fluorescent lamps, (CFL) move over. 

CFL may be hip, but in the near future, modern light technologies would be led by light-emitting diodes (LED). 

LED may soon be the best eco-solution to the world’s power problems, agreed scientists from the government energy department. 

At least, this too was what a senior science research specialist at the Department of Energy (DOE) thinks and revealed during an quick press conference at Alumar Island off Getafe town November 25. 

To prove his point, DOE’s Magdaleno Baclay Jr. explained that while 7-watt compact fluorescent lamp is many times brighter than incandescent lamp and saves enough energy, a much smaller LED produces the same brightness at an even smaller wattage. 

He said LED is eight times brighter than a conventional lamp of the same wattage and LED is twice as bright as the compact fluorescent lamp of the same wattage. 

This means that if a household uses five 100-watt bulbs, it uses about.5 kilowatts per hour. On a five hour continuous use, say between six to 11 pm, some 2.5 kilowatts would be used. 

At the current rate of P5.00 per kilowatt, the consumption amounts approximately to P12.5 per night. 

But it that household changes to five 15-watts CFL, which has approximately the same brightness as the 100 watts incandescent light, the power consumption is cut in half as a simple computation would show. 

On the other hand, if that same household switches to LED lights, a 7-watt LED can go as bright as the equivalent of a 20 watts CFL or 100 watts incandescent bulb. 

Imagine the savings and the cut in energy use, Engr. Baclay points out. 

In fact, while LED lights are not as economically viable as of now, studies are in to craft LED lights using new and available technologies at the University of San Carlos, in Cebu, Baclay added. 

While not yet commercially marketing their invention, USC LED sources have already loaned 10-watt led lights in the form of CFLs to Alumar residents who have seen the wisdom of controlling their power consumption even as their source of energy is infinite. (racPIABohol)

50 households get solar 
power in Alumar Getafe 

THE government, through the Department of Energy (DOE) rehabilitated about 50 photovoltaic solar panels from its other projects to light some 50 poor households in Alumar Island off Getafe town in a cooperation project by two governments. 

The national and local governments of the Philippines and the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was able to pool some P500K to make the wishes of the islanders come true. 

The government of Japan through JICA put up some P275K while the local government of Bohol and Getafe put in P150. Member households put up the remaining P75K to complete the costs needed to install and operationalize the Solar Household Project here, explained DOE information Officer Lou Artiaga to members of the media. 

Beneficiaries in turn get a solar lighting package of 20 or 50 watts good enough for at least two 10 watts fluorescent lights, a 7-watt compact fluorescent light. 

Homeowners can also separately plug in a radio cassette and an Liquid Crystal Display television set for the 50 watt package, said Alan Abear, DOE Cebu senior research assistant. 

We have projects like the solar drier that didn’t work well, so we pulled out the solar panels and rehabilitated them for the Solar Home Projects, which has ignited world attention for its being a leading eco-solution to the problem of power, Magdaleno Baclay Jr of DOE told the media. 

We contributed P2,000 and committed to united and plan for the community’s development so we can spread the light project to the whole 400 resident households of this island, shared Evangeline Salabero, one of the 50 project beneficiaries. 

We pay about P200 monthly and pool the amount so we can pay for the expansion of the project, she added. 

An island lying on the edges of the inner bank of the double barriered-Danahon Reef, the community used to be dependent on fishing until the government presented other possible options to lessen the dependence on fishing the common resource. 

Now into seaweed farming, most people of Alumar earn an average of P3,000 a month from dried seaweeds. 

Some families however complement their income by gleaning seashells, or catching crabs for market. (racPIABohol)

Potable water tops 
CPG admin agenda 

POTABLE water and cold storage facility tops the priorities of Carlos P. Garcia town mayor Tesalonica Boyboy and she deems it important to get these service utilities soonest. 

At the press tour for national and local media organized by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to inspect the P19M feeder port that it has partly funded in Pitogo, CPG, Mayor Boyboy said that getting cheaper potable water services for the town would be a big social service boost in her town. 

Since the opening of the Pitogo ship facility, water, which some islanders source out from the mainland has gone cheaper but that is not much, residents said. 

While the port facility has become a major economic feeder for the town supplemented by the ports of Popoo and Aguining, potable water has still tide the economic lift-off off the town, Mayor Boyboy said. 

President Carlos P Garcia town is separated from mainland Bohol through the deep Basiao Channel, has been a key fishing town and livelihood is supplemented by farming and cottage industries. 

On this, Mayor Boyboy said that putting up of a municipal waterworks system that complements the existing three pumping units already in place in barangay San Jose can ease living conditions here. 

In the town, potable water is still expensive, in Aguining for example, a 5-gallon container can cost between P10 to P20, the mayor said. 

While it may be cheap for others, in a town listed as one of Bohol’s most deprived, an ease in the potable water problem could be a sigh of relief to the town’s poor, she stressed. 

Aside from the water produced by the three pumps and being sold commercially as purified, other main source is rain-water which islanders collect in rain water collectors and huge tanks. 

Not everybody could build one however, she said. 

Asked if the sea intrusion into the local aquifer is a problem, the lady mayor in her second term said by far, they water dug from the island has been potable without any hint of saltwater intrusion. 

To ease the problem, the mayor said they have asked for a P500K funding from Senator Miguel Zubiri for the installation of a new 1.5 hp water pump. They are still awaiting for positive response form the senator, she added. 

On this, Eloisa Romero of the JICA said she would also explore possibilities on how the Japanese Government could continue its service to the people of the island. (racPIABohol)

Gov. Chatto urges hard-work 
Dedication from brgy dads 

DEMANDING dedication and hardwork is never for the weak-hearted, not from Governor Edgar Chatto whose passion for excellence and dedication in public service has never been tarnished. 

At the joint barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan oath taking ceremonies in Tubigon, urging newly elected officials to be working doubly hard and dedicated to public service came as easy that everyone was literally clapping their hands in utter agreement. 

The main message, which the respected toastmaster and public speaker par excellence demanded was even more than that. 

His main message, wrapped in his signature Club Salute had the participation of everyone and in return, generally was better absorbed, shared an observer. 

“Every time Chatto raises his left hand, the listeners would clap their hands once. When he raises hi left hand, the audience would clap twice”, said Raymund Delgado, town municipal information officer who was there to document the activity. 

“When he raises both his hands, the audience would throw into a continuous applause,” he added underlining the part where he successfully commanded everyone’s attention. 

The oath-taking ceremony was formally opened by the celebration of the Holy Mass at the St. Isidore Parish in Tubigon by officiating priest, Fr. Marlon Lumanas. 

Then a parade shortly followed from the church to the venue of the ceremony, the Tubigon Cultural Center. 

The ceremony, which ran smoothly started with a welcome address by the town mayor, Engr. William R. Jao. 

An intermission number was also rendered by a duet and dance sports exhibition from Holy Cross Academy, which just came fresh from victories at the BACS meet. (pia with mpio)

Dagohoy gets solar-dryers, 
sheds from Aumentado 

DAGOHOY. EXPECT lesser road accidents caused by drying agricultural produce along the highways in this part of Bohol. 

In Bohol agricultural towns, the practice of practically using the highway as personal solar dryers has not been abated despite an existing ordinance that bans the practice. 

Drying palay and corn along the highway has caused accidents here, and it takes a doctor mayor to stress that they do not just cure human illnesses but social illness as well. 

Mayor Herminio Relampagos would now personally see the victory as sees the turn-over of the newly completed solar dryers and sheds in eight of his towns barangays. 

According to Teodolo Yecyec Jr., town information officer, the projects form part of the P2 million pesos given by then governor Erico Aumentado to the town. 

Yecyec added that it was the people who asked Mayor Relampagos to give them the necessary post harvest facility for the town’s rice harvest. 

On this, the doctor mayor sourced out the funds and approved the Aumentado funding by recommending the same projects to be prioritized. 

Recipients of the projects worth P250.000 each are barangays Babag, Mahayag, Malitbog, Caluasan, San Miguel, Poblacion, San Vicente and Candelaria. 

Now really contented with the achievement, Mayor Relampagos has asked now Congressman Erico Aumentado to expand similar project grants to his towns seven more barangays. 

The former governor has accordingly said he would seek funds for the expansion, which he supports as a boy who grew up in a farm. 

Imagine how this would help solve the problem of decreasing accidents and help farmers regain so much from their harvest with a standard drying facility, Relampagos points out. 

Data from the agriculture sector showed that without the proper post harvest facilities, a huge part of the food production is lost to wastage, low milling yield and despair among farmers who could not put up their own facilities. (PIABohol/mpio)

Rene, Edgar, Conching 
At Calape oath taking 

TO project models of unity for development, Calape Mayor Sulpicio Yu Jr. has invited a congressman and the top provincial officials to the oath-taking ceremonies for newly elected barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials Sunday, November 28. 

Reports gathered from municipal sources also bared that Congressman Rene L. Relampagos, Governor Edgar Chatto and Vice Governor Concepcion Lim have committed to come and witness the oaths of office of Calape’s newly elected barangay and SK officials from its 33 barangays. 

Separate sources also said provincial officials especially from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. 

The theme for the activity is “Panaghiusa alang sa kalambuan sa mga barangay,” explained municipal information officer Ma. Uno Mata. 

The activity, which will be held at the new Calape Cultural Center would also be witnessed by accompanying top provincial officials other than the chief executive and legislative officers, sources said. 

Last local elections, Relampagos, Chatto and Lim ran under a solid ticket along with Calape Mayor Yu. 

Pitched into the political maelstrom of political intrigue and characteristic backstabbing, the four were among those who never in an instant slackened their grip with unity and team-work which made them emerge victorious against a considerably steep opposition. 

Now reaping the fruits of that unity, Mayor Yu once said he would like to make his barangay officials see what unity can do to scale a seemingly insurmountable wall of political hindrance. (racPIABohol) 

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