Archive for July, 2012

RDR seeks non-confrontational politics with Tonyboy for 2013 polls

Posted in tonyboy floirendo, tonyboy floirendo jr, Uncategorized with tags , on July 7, 2012 by cha monforte

april 23-29, 2012

Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario is reportedly seeking a non-confrontational politics with Floirendos comes 2013 polls.
Last week Gov. Del Rosario and mayors in District 1 including influential Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy had met at Tahanan ng Gobernador in Mankilam Capitol and they reportedly had a consensus of favoring this non-confrontational stance so that both the Del Rosarios and Floirendos would mind their respective district turf and would not disturb against each other in the coming 2013 polls.
Political observers said that this consensus would practically mean that each known political kingpin, notably Gov . Del Rosario and ex-Congressman and now TADECO top management man Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo would not both form a rival political slate or party or field rival candidates against incumbent mayors and their slates in both district in the coming polls. “That would further mean: to each to his own district, way hilabtanay.”
Moreover, in this consensus, both the camps would have to adopt and integrate each other incumbent reelectionists to the administration’s slate no matter if they won in the last election being supported by the other rival camp, like say, if that mayor, councilor or boardmember won as independent or in Liberal Party in the last election, the Floirendos would have to adopt them in their chosen administration slates under Cong. Anton Lagdameo’s political representation of TADECO in the District 2.
In that meeting, Mayor Uy was accordingly requested and entasked to be the group’s emissary to convey their political unity- and reconciliation-seeking consensus to Tonyboy, who is a close friend of the mayor.
The Del Rosarios – the governor with his son Cong. Anthony aka AGR have been known to have the hold of the politics in District 1 while the Floirendos- frequently politically dubbed as TADECO- with their present holder of political power, Cong. Anton – have been refuted as the political kingpin of District 2.
In the last 2010 election, the governor had actively supported and campaigned rival slates under their Liberal Party in District 2.
The Floirendos on the other hand had reportedly given almost invisible dashes of political support or only scant political resources to begging independent candidates rivaling LP candidates in District 1. But largely TADECO did not put up rival slates and candidates against LP. The LP’s advances in District 2 failed largely to defeat the Lakas-Kampi-CMD candidates supported by the Floirendos/Tadeco.
Cong. Lagdameo in the last election supported Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential candidate Gibo Teodoro all the way up to the casting of votes.
Lagdameo has accordingly earlier severed his ties with the Lakas-Kampi-CMD and is now affiliated with NUP-National Unity Party.
However, the congressman and the FABC representative Vincent “Enteng” Floirendo are respectively the elected president and vice president now of Kusog Baryohanon, reportedly a group being formed to be a local political party patterned after Uswag Comval affiliated with the leadership of Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy and Kusog sa Tawong Lungsod affiliated with ex-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
“Kusog Baryohanon’s formation is inspired by Tonyboy. We are moving soon to District 1,”said newsman Dennis Denora, the press relation officer of Kusog Baryohanon, in an interview.
Meanwhile, sources said that also in that meeting City Mayor Uy did not bare yet his choice for the vice mayoral tandem of his son Senior Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” Uy, triggering new speculations that the last-termer mayor might ultimately run for city vice mayor.
Earlier, he said that he would not run for governor if Gov. Del Rosario would seek reelection. If the governor seeks reelection, the mayor also said that he would better be enjoying good free days as a plain citizen planting trees for livelihood and for the environment.
The governor lately however announced that he is seeking reelection for his third term by 2013 together with his also reelectionist Vice Gov. Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio, Jr.  (cha monforte)

Advertisements

BM Lopoz takes up Comval’s cudgel vs. Agus, Pulangi privatization

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 7, 2012 by cha monforte

april 23-29, 2012

Compostela Valley District 1 Boardmember Arvin Dexter Lopoz has ably taken up his province’s cudgel of opposing the planned sale of the Agus and Pulangi hydropower plants which President Benigno Aquino III considered as a way of evading power crisis in Mindanao in the coming years.
Boardmember Lopoz during the recent energy summit in Davao City manifested his province’s opposition to the privatization plan in a position paper, which became the first working paper where the opposition of Mindanao governors was based.
He said that the planned sale must be opposed as it would only shoot up electricity rates and have the electricity need already unaffordable by the poor masses in the near future if the privatization of Agus and Pulangi hydropower complexes is not aborted.  
The other week the Comval provincial board had come up a position in a resolution of opposing the impending sale of Agus and Pulangi hydropower plants as scheduled in the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) which the Mindanao governors now want to be amended.
The Comval’s position supported the position of the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (AMRECO) to oppose the planned sale of Agus and Pulangi hydropower systems which have been the source of cheap power rates of Mindanao people.
During the recent energy summit, President Aquino recklessly announced that the regime of cheap power rates in Mindanao is over and that Mindanaons must now have to pay for the higher cost of electricity to have continuous supply of it, a statement which has enraged a lot of stakeholders in the island including the governors, civil society and consumers’ groups.
Earlier, the Comval provincial board had Daneco officials present in their Wednesday sessions for them to shed light and apprised the board on Daneco’s power supply situation.(cm)

DANECO GM, prexy suspect NEA to abort referendum to convert into coop

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 7, 2012 by cha monforte

april 23-29, 2012

Top officials of Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (DANECO) are wary at press time over the possibility of facing a National Electrification Administration’s move of aborting the scheduled holding of the referendum on May 5 to 6 for the conversion of DANECO as a cooperative with stock ownership of members pursuant to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA).
DANECO, with its over 140,000 member-consumers, is yet the biggest electric cooperative in Mindanao that is trying bolt from the clutches of NEA’s regulatory powers by “defecting” to Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).
DANECO OIC general manager Felix Hibionada, in an interview, said that he and the rest of officials who are respondents to a case lodged by a group of consumers late last year have expressed apprehension that NEA might just render a quick decision of that case to preempt and abort the next week’s scheduled referendum of DANECO members to choose whether to remain under the control of NEA or “to be real cooperative” registered with the CDA.
Hibionada decried over recent NEA move of denying their motion for formal hearing of the case lodged against DANECO’s nine board and management officials.
The complaint included allegations on anomalous biddings and funds’ misuse.
He said that NEA had only conducted one mediation and one clarificatory conference between the two parties and “then it (NEA) would immediately and unjustly render judgment against us because we are going to CDA?”
He said the respondents had moved that there would be formal hearing of the case as complainants had only lodged one position paper with many attached photocopied and inadmissible documents.
He said that NEA had not fully exhausted probing them about the raised allegations to have due process and their rights would surely be violated without that formal hearing before NEA would decide.
In the event of contrary judgment, the OIC general manager said they would still resort for relief remedy in court.
The general manager also clarified that it was NEA which had issued Memorandum No. 2012-001 last Dec. 27, 2011 directing electric cooperatives nationwide to launch and fast track the conduct of  public consultations and information and education campaigns (IEC) for member-consumers to make an informed decision on the issue of either remaining on status quo under NEA as non-stock cooperative, or converting into cooperative with ownership under CDA or as stock corporation under the Corporation Code as stated in Section 57 of EPIRA.
“Since 1994 we’ve been trying to be converted into real coop, but we did not prosper. Now is the time to make it for the good of DANECO,” Hibionada said.
He added that they are pushing for conversion for better DANECO, and not because there is a NEA case lodged against them.  
DANECO board president Dean Briz, in separate interview, said that under the present scheme of things under NEA, “DANECO’s hands seem to be tied up and clipped as all have to be first submitted to NEA for approval.”
“If DANECO is converted as a real cooperative, NEA will be intervening only for technical and financial assistance,” he added.
Briz said that under NEA they could not give their members as co-owners the dividends of share capital and patronage refund while DANECO could not enjoy the benefits of a CDA-registered cooperative enjoying exemptions of local and national taxes and VAT payments pursuant to Cooperative Code of 2008.
He said that the supposed shares of member-consumers have now accumulated to P87 million that remain “untouched” in the bank.
Late last year seven member-consumers lodged a complaint to NEA over at least nine allegedly anomalous, malicious, fraudulent, or questionable transactions that they stated to have been committed by nine of the 12 members of the board of directors and two top  management officers- the former DANECO OIC general manager Nelson Balangan and current OIC GM Hibionada.
The complainant-member consumers who lodged the case docketed as NEA ADM Case No. 01-10-11 were identified as Gregorio Ybanez, Khernie Bahan, Epifanio Alfeche, Paulito Villaceran, Jr., George Monares, Juan Esperanza and Arnold Dinopol.
The respondents from the board of directors were Briz, board treasurer Ananias Darjan Jr, Roberto Alam, Roman Calicdan, Brendo Ceniza, Miguel Fermil, Roberto Binasbas, Eugenio Ramonida, and Engr. Dan Gervacio.
Among the questioned major transactions related to the bidding in the changing of new security agency of DANECO, the acquisition of the P44-million 20-MVA transformer in Asuncion town substation whose brand-new quality was subsequently disputed owing to oil leaks and spillage shortly after the installation, bidding of a P5.5-million computerized system by Gellangarin Computers, allegedly hasty and diverted payment of P750,000 for the viability study on waste to energy power plant by NAANOVO Energy, Inc., abolition of the Barangay Power Associations (BAPAs), and allegedly unauthorized claims of DANECO board of directors’ members for fuel, oil and lubricant allocations.
The respondents alleged that several of the transactions had violated NEA standing policies and procedures such as the requirement of seeking prior NEA review, approval or confirmation before cash releases, contract or project executions.
Meanwhile, the management’s sudden move to have the referendum has spawned apprehensions from the employees’ ranks. The sought referendum was already postponed twice last February and April.
DANECO employee Emmanuel Pineda said that the employees favor NEA’s retention as it would act to help whatever bad that would happen to DANECO through NEA’s great money for loaning and subsidy to electric cooperatives.
“Besides NEA can sanction abusive and erring officials of electric cooperatives,” he added.
In separate interview, the United Daneco Employees Welfare Association president Ruweno Ormido said that they favor the retention of NEA as DANECO’s regulatory body, but “we will respect whatever the outcome of the referendum provided that the member-consumers have been well-informed.”
Skeptics however doubt that the management could muster the required 20 percent or over 28,000 “yes” votes as they foresee a lack of member voters on the two-day referendum.
As this developed, the NEA decision is eagerly being awaited by the complainants this week while the respondents would seem to be unmoving over rumors of them being suddenly dismissed by NEA leaving only possible three members of the board of directors unscathed and with no GM in command.
The NEA though had assigned a Project Supervisor (PS) at DANECO Tagum office to oversee the DANECO operations over three months ago following the lodging of the case.
“That rumor has been running for a quite a time. We’re waiting for NEA’s decision. Until now we haven’t received yet any,” OIC GM HIbionada said Monday.
An affected board of director said on the condition of anonymity that the majority in the board of directors would not take their possible dismissal sitting down, threatening they would stage people power of sort with the back up of supportive elected officials to physically block NEA’s takeover of DANECO. (cha monforte)

PNOY asked to appoint RDR as mindanao energy czar

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 7, 2012 by cha monforte

april 23-29, 2012

Calls and endorsements have started to snowball that for Mindanaoans to secure their power needs and protect the hydropower systems that have made the power rates in the island to be affordable compared to the rest in the country, Mindanao needs someone who is qualified, competent and credible leader like Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario to become the island’s power czar who would elbow with President PNoy Aquino III.
Yamas Development Corporation board secretary Yul Yamas said that the governor is fitted to become the Mindanao power czar “as he has a quality of an excellent leader and widest experience.”
Yamas is not alone in the Tagum City’s business sector to endorse RDR for the post which power-weary businessmen said is “a must” to be created by the President as Cabinet-level position given his recent announcement of wanting to dialogue and consult further with Mindanao officials, civil society and consumer groups about the island’s power crisis.
The governor’s recent perspectives on the power crisis convey his comprehensive and expert views on the situation, observers  from business commented.
Alcarich Water entrepreneur Carlito Pellirin gave his strong endorsement to the governor saying he has no doubt about the governor’s capability and statemanship.  
The President has lately earned flaks for his  comments during the Mindanao energy summit  in Davao City the other week where he said that for Mindanaons to have continuous power supply they would have to brace and pay for higher power rates.
The President’s statements came amid the vocal opposition of various sectors in Mindanao including governors to the plan to privatize the Agus hydropower complex (Agus 1 to 7) in Lanao del Sur and Pulangi hydropower complex (Pulangi 1 to 4) in Maramag, Bukidnon per Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira).
During the summit, Gov. Del Rosario, being the president of the Mindanao confederation of governors, conveyed the governors’ stand to the President.
The President , during the summit, said that selling Agus and Pulangi plants was part of the solution to Mindanao’s power crisis.
Last week, the governors reiterated their opposition to the sale and insisted that amendments to Epira were among the ways out of the crisis.
The governors reiterated their position a day after the President said he was willing to dialogue further with Mindanao’s stakeholders on the power crisis.
“Let’s shatter the myth that the Napocor (National Power Corp.) and the Agus-Pulangi complex are a losing proposition,” Del Rosario said.
If it is any indication that generating power is not a losing venture for government, Del Rosario presented what he said was Napocor’s income last year—P36.9 billion in annual gross generation revenue and an average profit margin of P73.2 billion.
Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel said instead of selling the power plants, the government should rehabilitate these, which is what exactly government plans to do with Agus 6 and Pulangi which might cost P9 billion and take 30 months.
Agusan del Sur Gov. Eddiebong Plaza said selling the two hydropower plants could lead to unreasonable rates and monopoly.
Del Rosario said Napocor should rescind its Operational Management Agreement  with the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM), which required Napocor to remit all its earnings to PSALM, including those from the Agus and Pulangui hydropower plants.
“It is high time that Napocor rescind this contract and be allowed to run its affairs,” Del Rosario said.
He said Epira has been a bane to Mindanao for the last 11 years and should be reviewed by Congress.
He said selling the hydropower plants to the private sector would simply worsen the situation.
“It is bad enough as it is. It will be intolerable once it is surrendered to the private sector,” he said.
Del Rosario also called for the reclassification of power generation firms as “utilities” and place a cap on these firms’ profits. He said some independent power producers  earn up to 50-percent return on rate base, “which is too much.”
“Just a 1-centavo per kilowatt-hour increase imposed nationally translates into a P670-million annual income,” said the governor, adding it was time for Mr. Aquino to appoint a Mindanao consumer group representative to the Energy Regulatory Commission. (cm with PDI report)

9 brand new Strada GLX at P1 M each for all Comval BMs except 1

Posted in Uncategorized on July 7, 2012 by cha monforte

april 23-29, 2012

Last Wednesday, April 18 could be the happiest moment in the life of the nine regular Compostela Valley boardmembers at the Capitol as their brand-new Strada GLX, reportedly worth a little over P1 million each, arrived at the Capitol grounds and each of them was given a vehicle’s key.
Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy reportedly joined with the boardmembers and the Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya in their usual Wednesday’s sumptuous lunch at the latter’s office before the 1:00 PM session.
But one regular boardmember- Heracleo Codilla aka Manoy Simeon of Monkayo had only to scratch his head and envy his colleagues who had been “Pey-ard” and “Em-ard” (for Purchase Request and Memorandum Receipt) of the cozy, shining pick-up vehicle by the governor ostensibly for their political loyalty.
The pick-up vehicle, bought from Car Asia Tagum branch, comes in silver and black colors, with the District 2 boardmembers except Boardmember Cesar Richa selecting the silver color.
From Day 1, Codilla has been reportedly making recalcitrant harangues and almost lonely opposition and filibustering to the legislative agenda and executive budgets of the governor.
Codilla was an independent candidate who made a successful crack through to the well-oiled administration’s Uswag Comval boardmembers’ slate in the last 2010 polls by winning as Top 5 via riding on name recall and village popularity built up by his younger brother and now Monkayo Councilor Armando “Boy”Codilla who was then in that polls graduating from his last term as boardmember and running as councilor.
The current Boardmember Codilla has been engaging in verbal quarrels in the sessions with anyone whom he disliked like the ruggedly loquacious Boardmember Neri Barte of Compostela.
On that Day 1, during the maiden session of their present term of office, in first episode of verbal wrangling over procedures, Boardmember Codilla reportedly asked Barte to bow down to him as he was the trainor and he (Barte) was just his “student” (trainee) in one of the seminars that Dept. of Interior and Local Government conducted for the government officials and employees. Codilla said he was a former DILG officer, while at that time Barte was a town councilor.
In that first session, Barte reportedly answered back that he never had seen Mang Simeon’s face in DILG trainings he attended nor could he recall that he was under Codilla even in one training.
Barte asked Boardmember Richa, a former Maco mayor, if he could recall Codilla as a DILG trainor as they both attended many DILG trainings. Richa supported Barte attesting that he too had not seen Codilla as a DILG trainor.
Sources said that Codilla had also threw his loose cannon balls to Boardmember Ruwel Peter Gonzaga besides to Barte and Richa when in one session he made a longest privilege speech “making exposes against the three ” based on his prepared 30-page speech.
Had Codilla not prevailed upon by the three lady boardmembers – Kristine Mae Caballero of Pantukan, FABC representative Fely Navarro and PCL representative Josielyn Romano- who approached him at the rostrum while he had already a length of his long privilege speech, he could have consumed 2 hours of the session time. (cha monforte)

“I have more right to equity of the incumbent” – Dr. De Veyra

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 7, 2012 by cha monforte

april 23-29, 2012

Despite being not yet a Liberal Party member, Davao del Norte Boardmember Dr. Fred De Veyra is asserting that he has more right to claim for the equity of the incumbent than those last-termer city councilors who are being pushed to run for boardmember.
In an interview with the V&C Chronicle, he said that that he has already applied for membership in the province’s Liberal Party led by Governor Rodolfo del Rosario and he was more than optimistic that his application would be favorably supported by the governor.
“It’s they who have no equity of the incumbent. They are not incumbents. I am,” Dr. De Veyra said when asked to comment for those last-termer city councilors prodded to run for boardmember’s posts.
He said that he would not go back to become city councilor as he had already been with that post and that his services are more needed in the district than in the city.
The boardmember has been known and popular with his affordable if not free eyeglasses and eyecare, optalmology services.
Boardmember De Veyra resigned as member of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD January this year in his bid of joining the LP, which is strong in District 1.
De Veyra was the lone Lakas-Kampi-CMD candidate who won in  District 1 in the last 2010 polls, joining the four LP winners- Senior Boardmember Shirley Aala and Boardmembers Antonio Lagunzad, Vicente “Enting” Eliot and Joey Millan. De Veyra was the last in the list of winners.
The Lakas-Kampi-CMD coalition in the province in the last polls was led by District 2 Cong. Anton Lagdameo from the influential Floirendos of Tadeco.
Reports said that Cong. Lagdameo is now said to be with the National Unity Party (NUP) after severing his membership from Lakas-Kampi-CMD.  (cha monforte)

Aldo won’t seek reelection, to go full-time in business with foreigner

Posted in Uncategorized on July 7, 2012 by cha monforte

april 23-29, 2012
Eyebrows of BM Duco raised over news

What now when the only non-Lakas, non-Tadeco-backed candidate who managed to win the 2010 election as boardmember in District 2 will not seek reelection by 2013?
Boardmember Alan “Aldo” Dujali confirmed he would no longer be seeking reelection in an interview Wednesday before the provincial board went into session.
“OK na ko aning kahimtang nga yanong lumulupyo ra gud,” he quipped.
He reasoned out though that he was deciding not to run for public office anymore as he met a foreigner who would partner with him in investing in cavendish banana production. “Gamay ra gud nga partner nga foreigner.”
The boardmember has been known to be the manager of a banana business venture of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario.
He has reportedly more than 500 banana workers under his payroll.
The governor’s split from Tadeco owing to the past political conflict with Floirendos in 2007 elections had accordingly resulted to Del Rosario’s separate investing on banana production and growership in the province.
Sources said that Del Rosario’s banana firm is into financing and tie-up contracts with small and medium banana growers in the province.
It is a public knowledge that the governor knows too much on the banana industry and on how he can profit from it being then a long-time manager and right-hand man of Don Antonio Floirendo Sr, owner of the mammoth TADECO, Southeast Asia’s largest exporter of cavendish banana.
Wikipedia states that TADECO has a banana plantation covering least 6,900 hectares, and in undetermined thousands of hectares rented from the lands of DAPECOL (Dept. of Justice). It is greater than the 6,435-hectare Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac owned by the family of President PNoy. The hacienda is much devoted in sugarcane production. It has been targeted by the Corona-led Supreme Court for land reform distribution, which has implications to TADECO.
Aldo’s news though raised so many eyebrows. Asked to comment on the announcement of Boardmember Dujali, Boardmember Hernanie Duco said that it was his first time to hear of the news through this paper as he had never heard it before in political talks in official and unofficial gatherings in the province. (cha monforte)