Geothermal expansion
(By Jennifer Catan-Tilos)

Environmental groups in Negros Oriental handed over a copy of more than 3,000 petition signatures to Mayor Edgar Teves to stop Energy Development Corporationís (EDC) 60 megawatt geothermal expansion project at Cuernos de Negros or Mt. Talinis.

According to 350 Pilipinas coordinator Zephanie Repollo, the mayor showed support to the groups and committed to ensure transparency of the project. With this, the Office of the Mayor will likewise arrange a dialogue among the complainants, officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and EDC. This dialogue aims to bring answers to questions raised by the different environmental groups regarding EDCís alleged non-disclosure of its development plans, said Repollo.

Reduce sugar consumption
By Leandria Pagunsan

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) urged the public to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened foods and beverage to reduce the risk of overweight and obesity and development of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes.

Numerous studies in recent years showed that increased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to overweight and obesity among children and adults. Sugar sweetened foods and beverages like commercially available cookies, granola bars, fruit drinks, sports drinks and soft drinks typically contain high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which is liquid sweetener used to replace common table sugar in food manufacturing. World Health Organization (WHO) strongly recommends a reduced intake of free sugars such as HFCS throughout the life course.

24/7 Dauin Marina Clinic
By Roi Lomotan

Silliman University President Ben Malayang underscored their commitment to service in his message during the soft opening of the Silliman University Marina Mission Clinic (SUMMC) in Dauin town recently.

SUMMC is now a primary hospital offering 24/7 services to indigents in the town of Dauin and its neighboring municipalities. In his message, Malayang noted how the university and the health care facility are anchored in the spirit of service. He also pointed out that while facilities at SUMMC have been improved, it must not lose sight of how it is intended to afford quality basic medical care to many who are in need. Now that it is recognized as a primary hospital, SUMMC is now able to admit patients, undertake maternal and childbirth under normal conditions and perform minor surgeries within 24/7 basis.

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