The House of Representatives will conduct an inquiry
into the operations of ALECO and why it is losing heavily. Below is the
copy of the resolution.
September 8, 2010
Reference: Tessa Lopez, public information officer, BAYAN-Bikol
Bicol militants hit impending Albay blackout and power hike!
Call for ALECO to be converted into genuine cooperative
The militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Bikol (BAYAN-BIkol) hit the
impending provincial blackout because the National Grid Corp. of the
Philippines (NGCP) is set to cut off power supply to the Albay Electric
Cooperative (Aleco) on Sunday for the latter’s failure to settle its
outstanding electricity bills with the Philippine Electricity Market Corp.
(PEMC) amounting to P982 million.
According to Tessa Lopez, public information officer of BAYAN-Bikol, “this
should not have happened at all if the Aleco is a real electric
cooperative, with Albayanos that are really concerned in serving the
majority are the ones running it. It is high time that it be converted
into a genuine cooperative,”
“The current provincial power crisis should also not be used by proponents
of the privatization of Aleco to push their agenda. As it is Albay
Governor Joey Salceda is saying that they can apply for a loan but it
would mean a higher power rate in the province of about P1.63. The
recovery charge of P1.63 would be added to the regular rate of P7.56 that
the electric cooperative is now charging its consumers. But even if Aleco
is saying that the resulting P9.19 per kwh is still the lowest in the
country, we are against it,” she said.
“First and foremost is that Albay is a primary source of power in the
Luzon grid why can we not use our own natural energy resources to have
cheaper and reliable electricity. In fact it can even supply the whole
region. Second, a full blown investigation by Congress should also look
into why Aleco is so heavily indebted considering that its service is
dismal. Third and most importantly why should it be always the consumers
who bear the burden due to mismanagement? The ones responsible for this
crisis must be held accountable as soon as possible,” added the militant
“Even if they say that the increase is very minimal, this will be another
problem for the already suffering Albayano, who is at the second poorest
region in Luzon as well as the “tambay” capital of the country. We will
hold protest actions and petitions to stop this blackmail deal. The
provincial government should be the one to carry the burden and not the
people,” ended Lopez. # # #
Engr. Virgilio Perdigon, Jr.
Secretary General, Aquinas University,
Benjie Santiago, Brotherhood
of Christian Businessmen and
Darlan Barcelon, Sec.Gen.