Tagum businessmen join call for entry of Aboitiz-owned power utility in Davao Norte
- Mar 16, 2023 12:46 pm GMT
Business owners here have joined the clamor for a new power utility to replace the
The 3,000 people-strong motorcade-rally on Monday that culminated at
Business owners have complained about Nordeco's higher power rates compared to its regional peers like DLPC but Nordeco officials explained in a separate press briefing that the electric cooperative had higher power rates compared to DLPC mainly because the
Elvera Alngog, Nordeco acting general manager, said that for the February billing period, the power rates of the cooperative had gone down by P2 to P15 per kilowatt hour from P17 per kwh after Psalm added 20 megawatts (MW) to the 15 MW of cheap hydropower that it supplied the cooperative each month.
She said the cheap hydro power that Psalm supplied to DLPC covered 50 percent of the distribution firm's total energy demand in Davao City while the 35 MW of cheap hydropower that Nordeco got from Psalm only recently covered a mere 30-percent of the cooperative's 111-MW demand in its franchise area. Nordeco officials said they were willing to reach out and explain to the business sector the issues that the latter brought up against the cooperative.
Among those who joined the rally, Dr.
Agunod said the cooperative must explain the bills considering that its consumers were paying high compared with other distribution providers in the region.
Davao del Norte 1st district Rep.
Three other house bills pushed for DLPC expansion in parts or in whole within Nordeco's franchise area; namely: HB 6995 by Davao de Oro 1st district Rep.
While the rest of the congressional measures seek a wider expansion of the DLPC franchise, HB 6995 sought to expand the Aboitiz power utility's coverage area only in Samal.
Aside from Davao City, DLPC is currently serving Panabo City and the towns of Carmen,
But Nordeco officials expressed confidence that the President would veto anew the four bills because of 'legal and constitutional infirmities.'
He cited section 27 of Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) which allows electric cooperatives in the country to operate in full term.
'To let us stop operation is a violation of our constitutional right since we still have more years to operate before we renew our franchise,' Campoamor said.
Protests snowball vs proposed Davao power firm's franchise takeover of electric cooperative areas
In the manifesto of support to Nordeco, Capecs called on critics to respect the franchise of Nordeco; for government prioritize and give equal attention to Nordeco and all electric cooperatives in the distribution of cheap hydropower and renewable energy from Psalm especially in the missionary electrification program; and the strengthening of electrification services and programs of electric cooperatives through legislative interventions and laws, not privatization by profit-oriented companies.
Capecs also warned that the takeover of Nordeco would eventually result in the monopoly of private for-profit entities in the energy sector, depriving people in the countryside of their rights and opportunities to own electric cooperatives.
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