On anniversary of Japan atomic bombings: EDCA brings in threats of nuclear weapons to PH

AGHAM - Advocates of Science and Technology for the People joins the world in marking the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States.

The devastation that the twin bombings caused Japan and the horrors it showed the world is a constant reminder to all nations of the dangers of nuclear proliferation and US wars of aggression. Filipinos are constantly exposed to nuclear threats so long as US bases and military exercises are allowed in the country through the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

On August 6, 1945, US B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped a a single uranium-core atomic bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” over the city of Hiroshima, detonating 580 meters near the city’s center.

Three days after, on August 9, 1945, a second atomic weapon, “Fat Man,” equipped with a plutonium core, destroyed Nagasaki. The combined death toll from the two atomic attacks is approximately two hundred thousand.

Group reiterates call to halt Jalaur Dam Project implementation

Scientist group Agham Advocates of Science and Technology for the People (Agham) reiterates its recommendation that construction of the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Phase II (JRMPP) be stopped on questionable social and geological grounds as revealed in the investigation missions conducted by the organization in 2012 and 2014.

In the July 2014 Agham study, it was confirmed that there were lapses in the conduct of Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process, a requisite for development projects within ancestral domains of indigenous peoples. Also, risks and possible negative impacts were still not addressed and were not communicated to the stakeholders.

Group decries power rate hike to fund renewable energy business

Scientist group Agham Advocates of Science and Technology slam the proposed rate hike that is said to provide incentives to Renewable Energy producers and would take effect this August. According to the group, consumers must not be burdened with additional electricity costs regardless if the source is renewable or not.

“The added cost of electricity coming from renewable energy sources must not be passed on to consumers. While renewable energy development in the country must be encouraged, it is the task of the government to provide for affordable, reliable and clean energy without adding another burden to the already impoverished population,” said Archie Orillosa, electrical engineer from Agham.

The National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) have sought the Energy Regulatory Commission to charge consumers an additional four centavos per kilowatt hour that is said to go to the feed in tariff allowance (FIT All).

Emergency Powers

Amidst the news of cases of impeachment being filed against President Aquino because of his acts in his Disbursement Acceleration Program and the destruction wrought by Typhoon Glenda, Department of Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla announced that he recommended that the president seek emergency powers under Section 71 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA). Secretary Petilla warned of an impending power crisis come summer of 2015 if this problem is not addressed.

It turns out that this threat of emergency powers stem from the inability of Petilla (and the government) to convince the Philippine Independent Power Producers Association (PIPPA) to plug in the 400-500 MW power deficit in 2015. Petilla met with the PIPPA last Tuesday and got no commitment from them on how to fill up the deficit.

Dr. Giovanni Tapang

Scientist group: Projects like NOAH/DREAM should not be used to justify DAP

Scientist group: Projects like NOAH/DREAM should not be used to justify DAP
Calls for increased allocation for research and development in the general appropriations instead of arbitrary impoundment of budget

The scientist group AGHAM - Advocates of Science and Technology for the People called on President Aquino not use projects such as Project NOAH/DREAM to justify for its unconstitutional impoundment and disbursement of public funds through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

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