Category Archives: POWER & ENERGY

PULONG DUTERTE pushes for rehabilitation of Agus-Pulangi power plants

A lawmaker on Friday said the rehabilitation of the Agus-Pulangi hydropower complex (APHPC) should be a top priority of the Marcos administration to ensure a clean and reliable energy source in Mindanao while fighting climate change.

Davao City First District Representative Paolo Duterte said the rehabilitation project would initiate the transition process to low-emission energy sources and will contribute to the country’s commitment toward climate change adaptation and mitigation.

“If we want to be a global leader in climate action, we can start with rehabilitating the Agus-Pulangi power plants in Mindanao. This long-term measure will eventually reduce Mindanao’s reliance on coal, and accelerate our shift to clean energy sources,” Rep. Duterte said in a statement. READ MORE

DAVAO LIGHT TAKEOVER PLOT VS. NORDECO IS DEAD

Aboitiz firm denies role in Jubahib privatization scheme

The Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) said it has nothing to do with attempt for the power giant to take over the operation of the Northern Davao Electric Cooperative (NORDECO).

The denial of the Davao City-based Aboitiz-owned DLPC effectively buried in the garbage dump calls by Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib to privatize the former Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (DANECO), which has been serving the power needs of Davao del Norte and Davao de Oro (formerly Compostela Valley) for nearly five decades.

Jubahib has marshaled several mayors of Davao del Norte to sign a petition supporting his call for takeover by DLPC alongside barangay-level consultations on Nordeco’s privatization.

In a statement, Rodger S, Velasco, DLPC President and Chief Operating Officer, denued reports that DLPC was intending to intrude into Daneco’s service area.

Velasco issued the statement after Nordeco general manager Mario Angelo Sotto dared DLPC to issue an official statement on reports it was intending to take over the operation of the power coop, based on statements of Jubahib and as the governor ramped up his campaign to privatize Nordeco.

“In numerous opportunities, we have reiterated that the performance of Daneco is an internal matter between the cooperative and its customers,” said Velasco. “We have nothing to do with the operation of Nordeco.”

Despite Velasco’s denial, Sotto said DLPC made overtures about their interest in Nordeco.

“I kept on challenging them several times, kay manawag man ni sila usahay, makig-istorya nako, I keep on challenging them na if you are really true then come up with your official statement that you are interested in NORDECO then let’s talk and be transparent about it,” said Sotto.

DLPC’s denial may put an end the story about its alleged intent to take over Nordeco, but it is not the end for Jubahib who could face a case at the Ombudsman for interfering in the affairs of a power cooperative.

For leading a privatization campaign calling for power giant DLPC to take over the operation of NORDECO, Jubahib could be charged before the Ombudsman for meddling in the affairs of a cooperative.

Politicians interfering in the affairs of an Electric Cooperative (EC) to its detriment can be charged before the Office of the Ombudsman for violating Republic Act (RA) 10531 or the National Electrification Decree, a top official of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) said.

 “The case will go directly to the Ombudsman,” NEA administrator  Edgardo Masongsong  said in a virtual press briefing. READ MORE

A town mayor in Davao del Norte said politicians should keep their hands off attempts by a power giant to take over the Northern Davao Electric Cooperative (NORDECO).

Asuncion Mayor Eufracio Dayaday, who is against the take over, said privatizing the power cooperative should be decided by consumers not politicians as six mayors of Davao del Norte signed a petition seeking to allow Davao Light and Power Company (Dalight) to take over the operation of NORDECO.

Dayaday is the lone mayor who refused to sign the petition.

It is the people not politicians like mayors who should decide on the privatization of NORDECO, said Dayaday. READ MORE

DAVNOR MAYOR: Politicians cannot decide on Nordeco privatization

By ROGER M. BALANZA

A town mayor in Davao del Norte said politicians should keep their hands off attempts by a power giant to take over the Northern Davao Electric Cooperative (NORDECO).

Asuncion Mayor Eufracio Dayaday, who is against the take over, said privatizing the power cooperative should be decided by consumers not politicians as six mayors of Davao del Norte signed a petition seeking to allow Davao Light and Power Company (Dalight) to take over the operation of NORDECO.

Dayaday is the lone mayor who refused to sign the petition.

The six mayors prodded by Governor Edwin Jubahib, a prime mover of the take over move, to sign the privatization petition were Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon, IGACOS Mayor Al David Uy, Talaingod Mayor Jinnie Libayao, Kapalong Mayor Maria Theresa Timbol, New Corella Mayor Jorjan Federiso and San Isidro Mayor Arnel Sitoy.

It is the people not politicians like mayors who should decide on the privatization of NORDECO, said Dayaday, speaking in Cebuano, in an interview on Monday, July5, 2021, in the program Bakbak on Tagum City-based RPFM 99.9.

Dayaday said he refused to sign the petition because he was not in a meeting by mayors where the subject was said to have been discussed.

Dayaday, a lawyer, also said the people should decide on the privatization only after consultations and discussions on the advantages and disadvantages of the turnover of NORDECO to Dalight.

The issue should be handled carefully and not hastily because it will have an impact on the day-to-day lives of the people of Davao del Norte, Dayaday told Bakbak anchorman Kid Libunao.

Reacting to claims that the power company had not served the needs of the people, Dayaday said NORDECO had survived for more than 50 years despite its problems, and should be given the chance to further serve the people of Davao del Norte.

Citing an advantage if NORDECO remains as a cooperative, Dayaday said the cooperative will continue to receive support from the government. He said NORDECO wuuld lose the support if it is privatized.

The attempt to privatize NORDECI started with a signature campaign posted online which urged Dalight to take over the areas within the remaining franchise area of NORDECO in Davao del Norte. Dalight already serves part of the province.

The online campaign initiated by the DavNor Consumer Coalition launched in change.org came at the same time as Davao del Norte First District Congressman Pantaleon Alvarez and Governor Edwin Jubahib also started a ground-level campaign luring signatures to the petition.

Privatization emerged as an unpopular move with the Alvarez-Jubahib effort getting only more than 10,000 signatures with nearly 100,000 against the move in a counter-petition organized by NORDECO.

Mario Angelo Sotto, general manager of Nordeco, said certain groups and individuals, whom he did not name, with vested interests, were behind the move to turn over NORDECO to Dalight.

“These groups only wanted to make money out of the privatization of the cooperative ,” said

Sotto was part of the team that President Rodrigo Duterte assigned to the cooperative to resolve more than two decades of fighting by two groups over control of the electric cooperative. Duterte’s intervention led to the creation of NORDECO, formerly the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Daneco) .

Stable power supply to lure investors to Mindanao

BY JOANNA C. BALANZA

Investors eyeing Mindanao are factoring power supply in future plans to invest in the Philippine southern island where unstable power supply is a perennial roadblock to economic development.

But a Davao City-based business leader said investors are optimistic Mindanao could sail through the power woes with the numerous energy generation projects being constructed or in the pipeline.

The coal-fired power plants are expected to fill in the power lack in Mindanao that is largely dependent on hydropower that suffers from erratic weather patterns.

Southern Mindanao would be the biggest beneficiary of the power projects and Philipp Dizon said businessmen are inspiring the national government to push the creation of the Southern Mindanao Road Corridor.

We know that there will be a surplus in supply in 2016, said Dizon, president of the Davao chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham).

Dizon spoke about Southern Mindanao’s brighter power situation at the recent Joint Foreign Chambers’ Meeting in Davao City.

The meeting is a prelude to the First Southern Mindanao Growth Corridor (SMGC) Investor Forum jointly organized  by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. – Davao (AMCHAM-Davao), European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (ECCP), and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Mindanao, Inc. (JCCM), which will be held on September 19, 2014 in Davao City.

When the power projects are done, Mindanao will have the cheapest power rate in the Philippines, said Dizon.

As it is, the local business community is drumming up the future power supply situation to lure more investors, said Dizon.

“We know that there will be a surplus of power coming in and we have to convince the investors about the Southern Mindanao economic road corridor and telling them about the power plants being constructed, he said.

The power plants, Dizon said, are the 645MW AboitizPower coal power plant in Davao City, the 600MW San Miguel coal power plant in Malita, Davao Occidental, the 405MW power plant in Cagayan de Oro and the 405MW Alcantara power plant  in Maasim, Sarangani.

origMore power sector players the better for Mindanao 

`More competition in the power industry sector in Mindanao would cut down power cost, improve service and achieve a stable power supply in the island, said Manuel Orig, Aboitiz Power Therma South Inc. (TSI) first vice president for Mindanao.

     AboitizPower is a subsidiary of the Aboitiz Group of Companies, the country’s biggest power generation company which is into hydropower, coal-fired and fuel-fired power plants.

     Orig said the power sector should take the same path taken by the telecommunications and airline industries that were perked up by competition.

The solution to the power crisis in Mindanao is taking the same route as the airline and the telephone industries which significantly improved due to competition, said Orig in a recent press briefing for the 23rd Mindanao Business Conference (MINBIZCON) which will be held in Davao City later this year.

Competition in the power sector is expected to improve power supply and cut down power rates in Mindanao, he said.

The reason why we are aggressively putting up many power plants is to encourage other power developers to follow us and compete because that is the way that we can solve the perennial power crisis in Mindanao, Orig added.

As a power generator based in Mindanao, it is our responsibility to help solve that power crisis by increasing power supply in the market, said Orig.