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

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)

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