NORDECO: HOUSE BILL GIVING TO DAVAO LIGHT FRANCHISE AREA OF POWER COOP UNLAWFUL

Electric coop opposes HB 10554 passage

The Northern Davao Electric Cooperative Inc. (NORDECO) on Thursday strongly opposes the approval of House Bill 10554 before the 18th Congress on January 24, 2022.

In a statement, the Electric Cooperative (EC) said the prerogative of the House of Representatives to amend and/or repeal the franchise pursuant to Article XI, Section 11 of the 1987 Constitution must have been curtailed by the prevailing laws.

House Bill 10554 entitled, “An Act Expanding the Franchise Area of Davao Light and Power Company, Inc., Under Republic Act 8960, Entitled ‘An Act Further Extending the Term of the Franchise Granted to Davao Light and Power Company, Inc. to Construct, Operate and Maintain an Electric Light, Heat, and Power System in Davao City and the Municipalities of Carmen, Panabo, Dujali, and Sto. Tomas, Province of Davao del Norte, for a period of Twenty Five (25) years and Other Purposes.”

Nordeco said that the said bill was recommended for approval by the Legislative Franchise Committee on November 29, 2021, despite the non-submission of position papers from the National Electrification Administration, Department of Energy, and Energy Regulatory Commission after its 1 hour and 45 minutes discussion. READ MORE

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