NEWS: After failed ouster bid by Daneco prexy, OIC GM says “employees are united to protect Daneco”

By Cha Monforte

jan 27

Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative OIC general manager Allan Laniba said that the failed ouster bid against him initiated by several members of the board of directors on Saturday “probably affected the employees emotionally. But we (employees) are united to protect Daneco”.

Laniba survived the ouster bid led by board president Dean Briz in Saturday’s special and regular meeting of the board of directors held at Daneco office in Tagum City following lengthy deliberations that saw the chickening out of the sought replacement who also attended the meeting.

In that meeting, Briz was actively supported by director Miguel Fermil and board treasurer Ananias Darjan Jr.

Fermil filed a resolution seeking to replace Laniba with Daneco’s technical department head Engr. Nelson Balangan, who ironically backed out from accepting the offer when he was grilled by directors supporting Laniba.

Darjan, on the other hand, tried to present the list of alleged deficiencies of the current management.

Briz and Darjan are also current city budget officer and general services office head of the Tagum city government, respectively. The two are known protégés of Mayor Rey Uy.

Briz was sought for comment yesterday but he referred the local media to Darjan.

Darjan, in an interview, said that the discussion on Laniba’s replacement and on alleged deficiencies dragged lengthily saying that they only wanted “to satisfy all avenues of discussions” and that they were not “exercising tyranny of numbers” suggesting that Briz group has already the majority in the board.

“All were allowed to express their views and opinions,” he added.

Darjan also belied allegation that he and Briz as city government employees are acting under the direction of Mayor Uy.

He said that Mayor Uy and Compostela Governor Arturo Uy have no personal or family business agenda in Daneco such as the peddled allegation that they wanted to destroy Daneco to privatize it, adding that what they only wanted was to straighten things in Daneco that need to be corrected for it to serve best the public and the power consumers.

Fermil’s resolution was subsequently deferred for further discussion and put in unfinished business. It would be tackled in the next board meeting on February 13.

On the other hand, Laniba also said yesterday in a text message that he did not know the circumstances that led to the attempt to unseat him as present OIC GM of the power cooperative.

But a report published by the Periodico Tagum, sister Bisayan publication of this paper, said that the meeting attended by all the 11 directors with department managers and some members of the local media as observers opened with the rendering of accomplishment report by Laniba.

But after Laniba’s turn Briz surprisingly moved to make the meeting a closed door one and advised the department heads and mediamen to go out from the board room.

As they did not heed Briz order and instead remained to their seats, Fermil then filed his resolution triggering opposition and interpellation from directors  Orlando Bugas, Eugenio Ramonida, Engr. Dan Gervacio, retired Col. Dominador Cruda and former board president Dr. Antonio Sebumpan, who were supporting Laniba.

Laniba, in an interview yesterday afternoon, said that he was contemplating to voluntarily request the National Electrification Administration to make the GM seat vacant “to preserve unity and solidarity in Daneco”.

Streamers from employees are ostensible in the premises of Daneco Tagum office declaring support for the permanent GM bid of Laniba. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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