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Solar energy: why Aquino gov’t isn’t interested


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter…” (Isaiah 5:20, the Holy Bible).

DAVAO CITY RESIDENTS TAP SOLAR ENERGY: Davao City residents have proven yet again that energy officials of the Aquino government are an unthinking lot at best, or corrupt-to-the-bone-functionaries of a government whose only desire is to favor rich businessmen and companies who deal  in electricity and power generation at worst. 

Deprived of electricity and bedeviled by daily rotational brown-outs, the Davao City residents are now getting their electricity for their lighting and charging needs from China-made solar light emitting diode (LED) lamps which cost only P240.00 per unit, or P210.00 per unit for wholesale transactions, and which can be used for about 50,000 hours each.

The solar-powered lamps are even a lot a safer to use than the usual candle or kerosene lamps because they reduce or eliminate altogether the possibility of fires during brownouts. So, if solar energy is proving to be an alternative source of electricity in Davao City, why is the Aquino government not interested to develop it and make the whole country use this kind of power?

SOLAR POWER: WHY IS AQUINO GOV’T NOT INTERESTED: I ask the same question with respect to the other sources of electricity that are even now available in the Philippines---the windmills, hydrogen from water, and nuclear power plants. Why is the Aquino government neglecting to develop these other sources of power and thereby lessen our dependence on fossilized fuel-petroleum products (which are not only expensive but even outright deadly)?

There can only be one reason for this: the Aquino government does not want to develop alternative sources of energy because it does not want to deprive businessmen and companies who generate the kind of electric power we are now using of the billions of pesos of profits they are currently enjoying.

Undeniably, the Aquino government clearly has the interest of these businessmen and companies in its heart, rather than the interest of the entire Filipino nation, and one can only guess that this is so because its leaders are indebted to these businessmen and companies in one way or another, particularly in the area of financing political campaigns.

THE POLITICS OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS: The same thing is true with the problem on impending water lack and rationing. The Aquino government has billions and billions of money in its yearly budgets since 2010 earmarked for water projects and yet, it clearly failed (or maybe refused) to invest in machines that can be used to transform even sea water into safe potable drinking water.

If only the Aquino government made good use of these billions in buying these machines, then Filipinos need not worry anymore about El Nino and hot temperatures which give rise to water lack every summer. But then, even if these billions appeared to have been spent already, we continue to be hounded with water lack four years into the second Aquino presidency.

Why did not the Aquino government invest in water purifying machines? Well, one can only guess again---maybe because it didn’t also want to deprive businessmen and companies dealing in water distribution of the billions they earn, for they may have been campaign contributors, too.

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