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Breaking News: PRESIDENT MARCOS VETOES House Bill 10554 expanding Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) franchise in Davao del Norte

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“Northern Davao Electric Cooperative Inc. has franchises in the expanded franchise areawhich will subsist until 2028 and until 2033. Yhe bill runs counter to the provisions of Section 27 of Republic Act No. 9136 of EPIRA mandating that an existing franchise shall be allowed to their full term.”

“While on its face, (HB10554 ) amends the franchise of another entity over the expanded area, (it) is a prohibited collateral attack on North Davao Electric Cooperative Inc. franchise.

“This is contrary to a jurisprudentially settled doctrine that a franchise cannot be subjected to a “collateral attack.”

“In view of these considerations, I am constrained to veto the above Enrolled Bill.”

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PRESIDENT FERDINAND MARCOS JR VETO MESSAGES TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE DATED JULY 27, 2022

NORDECO ready to serve 10 big malls and 17,000 new applicants

The Northern Davao Electric Cooperative (Nordeco) can accommodate more or less 17,000 residential applicants and 10 more big malls this year. 

Engr. Benedicto Ongking, NORDECO Technical Services Department Manager, oozing with confidence, made this assurance in a news conference in wake of reports that several investors backed out from pursuing projects franchise area of the power coop allegedly due to power shortage.

NORDECO has a total contracted power supply of 130MW and as of August 6, its peak demand is only about 96MW.

“We have a 34 MW reserve capacity power supply. said Ongking, denying reports of investors pulling or backing out of its franchise area..

If we convert it into household residential connections, more or less we can accommodate 17,000 residential applicants for this year and for large load applicants, we can still accommodate 10 more big malls this year,” Ongking said.

Reports of Nordeco unable to supply enough electricity to big ticket business projects in the provinces of Davao del Norte and Davao de Oro, stemmed from black propaganda hurled by proponents of efforts for Nordeco to be taken over by the Aboitiz-owned Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC).

The scheme to privatize Nordeco, spearheaded by Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib and Davao del Norte First District Congressman PantaleonAlvarez , has died after the Davao City-based DLPC said it has nothing to do with takeover plot.

Despite the smear drive, several companies have expressed intent to pour millions in new projects or expansion in the areas of the Nordeco franchise, which covers the whole of Davao de Oro and parts of Davao del Norte, including the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos).

 

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We assured investors who sent NORDECO a Letter of Intent (LOI) and asked for a certificate if we can supply them with their respective power needs,” said Ongking at a virtual press briefing on August 6. 

In the tourist island of Igacos, Ongking identified one of the biggest projects is the tourism project of Damosa Land which needs a 5 megawatt (MW) power supply requirement .

“NORDECO did not refuse and we issued them a certificate that we can provide their needed power supply,” Ongking said.

Another is the Samal Shore, a big hotel project in Caliclic which asked Nordeco for a 3MW power supply.

Other big ticket projects to be served by Nordeco are the Hijo Industrial Zone in Madaum, Tagum City with a total power supply requirement of 2MW and the proposed SM City and a big hardware store also in Tagum City.

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DAYADAY TELLS JUBAHIB: Let us help Nordeco

Davao Light denies takeover plan vs. power coop

To show he is serious in providing cheap and reliable electricity to his constituents, Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib should now help improve the Northern Davao Electric Cooperative (Nordeco), after the Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) dismissed his attempts for the power giant to take over the operation of the power coop.

This is the advice dished out by Asuncion Mayor Eufracio Dayaday, Jr., a vocal critic of Jubahib’s plot, as DLPC said it has no intention to take over the power cooperative.

Jubahib, in the forefront of the efforts on the privatization of Nordeco and its turn over to the DLPC, claimed corruption and mismanagement in the coop that has been serving the provinces of Davao del Norte and Davao de Oro (formerly Compostela Valley) for nearly five decades

General Manager Mario Angelo Sotto dismissed Jubahib’s claim, hinting that dirty money could be involved in the governor’s efforts to throw away the power coop to the Aboitiz-owned company.

DAVAO LIGHT TAKEOVER PLOT VS. NORDECO IS DEAD

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) .

Davao City wants light, telco posts taxed

Targets of new Davao City government tax generation drive
Targets of new Davao City government tax generation drive

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

A Davao City councilor has revived a proposal to slap taxes on power and telecommunication companies using posts erected on government property including streets.

Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, chair of the council finance committee, said about P900 million in annual taxes could be earned from the tax that targets giant telecommunication firms like Smart, Globe and Sun and power firms.

In his proposal bared at a recent media forum, Dayanghirang said electric cooperatives are to be included in the tax but the Davao Light & Power Company (DLPC) is the city’s lone service provider. He did not mention DLPC as among those to be imposed the tax. There is no power coop operating in the city.

The proposal is a revival of a similar proposal in the 80s by the late councilor Liborio Lumain, that earned strong opposition from DLPC, which erected its light posts along sidewalks which are city government property. DLPC alleged that its franchize includes exemption from local taxes for its light posts standing on government property. Then, there no telecoms using posts for their system.

The Lumain proposal, which was subject of heated deliberation at the Davao City Council, had lost steam and thrown to the archives without resolution.

Dayanghirang said the tax has a precedent in Digos City which has imposed the tax on light posts of power coops.

He said his committee us haxing discussion with the Treasurer’s Office on the new tax that could help boost the city’s annual revenue of P5 billion.