Archive for July, 2014

If there’s Daneco blackout, two factions both answerable- Davao Norte Vice Gov. Suaybaguio

Posted in davao del norte vice governor victorio "baby" suaybagui, jr with tags , on July 25, 2014 by cha monforte

june 13, 2014

Davao del Norte Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio, Jr. said in an interview that if really Daneco blackout comes putting into darkness its entire franchise area both the Daneco-NEA and Daneco-CDA groups are “answerable for the disaster in Davao del Norte.”

“After hearing their good intention during a Sangguniang Panlalawigan session, I asked them with one question: can you assure the people that power service will not be interrupted? And they said yes,” the vice governor said, recalling the session June last year when board and management officials of the feuding Daneco-NEA  and Daneco-CDA attended following the SP’s earlier invitation.

Davao del Norte Vice Gov. Baby Suaybaguio, Jr.

Davao del Norte Vice Gov. Baby Suaybaguio, Jr.

“I respect their good intention, however this is now the time to reckon with,” he said adding that the “blackout is a disaster that will happen to Davao del Norte.

He said he and the SP members will be discussing the blackout threat facing Daneco following the power supplier PSALM’s purported notice for power disconnection to Daneco due to its heavy indebtedness of power obligations amounting  to more than P600 million.

“We will discuss on it and will ask His Excellency President PNoy Aquino to intervene once and for all to end this Daneco problem,” Vice Gov. Suaybaguio said.

The impending blackout anytime this month of June aired by Daneco-NEA group last week was tagged by its rival Daneco-CDA group as just “a bluff” based on “bloated financial obligations”. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Davao Norte board member slams wasteful Daneco war

Posted in Davao del Norte Board Member Dr. Alfredo “Fred” de Veyra with tags on July 25, 2014 by cha monforte
june 13, 2014
Davao del Norte Board Member Dr. Alfredo “Fred” de Veyra (1st District) slammed the continuing infighting between two Daneco factions as “too wasteful” that has only its 150,000 member-consumers “suffer all the more”.
In an interview, the board member, who had served for long as a member of the Daneco board of directors in the 80s, minced no words: “Nganong nalugi man? Kay sige man sila ug away! Puros ang Daneco-NEA ug Daneco-CDA ug gasto’g dako sa ilang way pulos nga away. (Why the financial loss? It’s because of their continued infighting. Both factions spend much for their foolish quarrel)”
Board Member Dr. Fred De Veyra

Board Member Dr. Fred De Veyra

The apparently disgusted De Veyra blasted both the two Daneco factions, saying that “it is no wonder that Daneco has been on losing streak because of their infighting and division as they have their own respective set of employees and board of directors to pay for while they have to spend much for the court and attorneys’ fees including their media campaigns.”
 “Mao nang lugi! Way sala ang mga miyembro kung tinoud nga ma-blackoutan ang Daneco sa PSALM (That’s why they’re losing. It’s not the fault of the members if there’s blackout),” he said.
He called on the Daneco member-consumers to rise up in peaceful initiative to finally end this “foolish and wasteful infighting between two factions” as even the Dept. of Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla tried but failed even to stop it.
Meanwhile, Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio, Jr. is reportedly moving to ask President PNoy Aquino to finally intervene to Daneco’s disarray.
Wednesday last week, NEA project supervisor Godofredo Guya and Daneco-NEA officials in a press conference  warned of an impending blackout throughout the franchise area anytime this month of June citing a purported “go signal” of the Dept. of Energy for PSALM to disconnect its power supply to Daneco.
But opposing Daneco-CDA media consultant Nilo Lariosa, in separate interview with this paper Thursday took a swipe against Guya and Daneco-NEA officials, saying, “Di na tinuod, way nadawat nga order to disconnect. It’s a bluff!”
Daneco’s conflict of having two factions fighting so hostile against each other for legitimacy started in mid 2012. It has put the once single Daneco in disarray. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Instead of PDAF, P58 M RLIP projects in Davao del Norte DPWH 

Posted in Rural Local Infrastructure Program (RLIP) with tags on July 25, 2014 by cha monforte

june 13, 2014

The Department of Public Works and Highways in Davao del Norte is implementing P58-million Rural Local Infrastructure Program (RLIP) projects this year as the seeming replacement of the PDAF projects of the congressmen.
The P58 million, which came from this year’s general appropriation allocation (GAA) by Congress, was earmarked for various identified projects ranging from P1 million to P5 million for various locations in the province, said DPWH Davao del Norte engineering district engineer Lorna Ricardo.
The projects include road, water supply and schools.
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“We’re still on the early stage of implementation as some projects were just bid out, and the implementation of others is ongoing” she said.
She said that RLIP projects for engineering districts are particularly identified right at the GAA.
The PDAF has been all discovered now a one good source of kickbacks of congressmen and senators. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Fears, anxieties spread in Davao del Norte over DANECO blackout

Posted in daneco blackout with tags on July 25, 2014 by cha monforte

june 10, 2014

Fears and anxieties from among officials and other sectors in Davao del Norte were heard yesterday over the disconnection of power to Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative putting its entire franchise area into long power blackout which was reported to start today.
Tagum City Councilor Tristan Royce Aala during Monday’s session of the City Council told his colleagues they ought to know whether the Power Sector and Assets Liabilities Management (PSALM) would have to disconnect their power supply to Daneco on June 10, 2014.
As of morning Monday, Tagum city officials are still clueless on when would the PSALM-imposed blackout would hit Daneco’s franchise area.
Councilor Fernand Bordios said that from what he heard Daneco had been given a two weeks’ time yet.
Councilor Aala slammed congressmen and other top public officials in the province for allegedly not giving concern to the Daneco problem.
He and other councilors supported Bordios’ call for the convening of a power summit to be attended by governors, congressmen and mayors in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley.
In Sangguniang Panlalawigan session Monday afternoon, the call to clarify the reported blackout and for congressmen to act on the problem was sounded by Board Member Shirley Belen Aala.
Board Member Raymond Joey Millan also wanted to invite Daneco’s power suppliers to come to the SP to shed light on Daneco’s obligations.
Daneco-NEA OIC general manager Benedicto Ongking, in an phone interview, said that PSALM’s notice of disconnection was received last Feb. 25, 2014, which “lapsed already”.
As to the final disconnection notice, he said, “we still have no information yet, and we still have not yet received a document for that.”
He said though that “PSALM would anytime disconnect considering that it had already its notice of disconnection that lapsed already.”
The Daneco group under the supervision of the National Electrification Administration or the Daneco-NEA had announced in a press conference last week its heavy indebtedness of power obligations to PSALM amounting to P601.37 million.
Besides, Daneco has also power obligations of P50.94 million from the Aboitiz-owned Therma Marine, Inc. (TMI) and P12.76 million from the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines.
NEA project supervisor to Daneco-NEA Godofredo Guya warned that an impending blackout would come anytime in the month of June to the provinces of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley claiming that the Department of Energy has apparently issued a go signal to the earlier request of PSALM to disconnect Daneco of its power supply.
Guya said that Daneco-NEA has been saddled with only 70 percent collection efficiency rating and has still to collect an accumulated P1.1-billion payables from member-consumers.
But the opposing Daneco faction under the Cooperative Development Authority or Daneco-CDA group immediately tagged Daneco-NEA’s report of heavy indebtedness as “a bluff, a lie.”
Daneco-CDA spokesperson Oliver Autor said that Daneco-NEA officials made “a new bluff threatening consumers of total blackout like what they did last year.”
He charged that Daneco-NEA has resorted to anew to threats based on bloated obligations so that member-consumers would have to pay their electric bills to Daneco-NEA.
He said that last year Daneco-NEA officials threatened member-consumers that the power obligations had already reached more than P700 million when “in truth it was only more than P300 million.”
Also, Daneco-CDA media consultant Nilo Lariosa rebuffed Daneco-NEA saying, “There is such thing as an order from PSALM or from DOE to disconnect. They are bluffing because they could not show any document. It’s part of their continuing pangilad sa katawhan (cheating the people).”
He said that the Daneco-CDA had earlier “secured a status quo ante order from Regional Trial Court Branch 95 in Tagum City directing Daneco-NEA including PSALM, NGCP not to do inimical actions against the interests of Daneco-CDA and its member-consumers.”
“If ever they have that order to disconnect they should show that to the people,” Lariosa added.
Daneco-NEA group claimed that they have been dutifully paying the P8.15-million monthly amortization of the restructured P275-million of the P576 million outstanding debt to PSALM from March 2013 to April 2014, and that the Daneco-CDA failed to settle its power bills, the latest of which was given in Dec. 2013. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

BE Dujali town seeks P35 M LBP loan

Posted in Mayor Lolita Moral of BE Dujali town with tags on July 25, 2014 by cha monforte

june 7, 2014

The municipal government of the interior municipality of Braulio E. Dujali in Davao del Norte is seeking P35-million loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines to fund six various projects that would be implemented during the current last term of Mayor Lolita Moral.

The Sangguniang Bayan recently approved the loan sought by the mayor.

The P35-million loan would fund for the construction of P13-million new public market, acquisition of P9-million heavy equipment, construction of P5.45-million cultural center, P5-million-worth of  development of the public cemetery, acquisition of P2.5-million support vehicles and acquisition of P400,000-worth truck van. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Daneco-NEA warns impending PSALM disconnection; “A bluff again,” says Daneco-CDA 

Posted in daneco nea cda, Daneco-CDA board president Engr. Albert Omega with tags on July 25, 2014 by cha monforte

June 6, 2014

The National Electrification Administration project supervisor to Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative has warned that the electric cooperative would be disconnected of power by its main supplier PSALM anytime soon this month if it continues to pay low to its ballooning power obligations.

NEA project supervisor Engr. Godofredo Guya bared in press conference Wednesday in Tagum City that Daneco has only about 70 percent collection efficiency rating while it is being saddled by a ballooning power obligations from its four power suppliers amounting at press time to a total of P767.01 million, of which P601.37 million is due for the Power Sector and Assets Liabilities Management (PSALM).

Daneco-NEA officials said that throughout the franchise area in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, Daneco has more than P1.1 payables from member-consumers. 

Guya said that the Department of Energy has “apparently given go signal” to PSALM to cut its power supply to Daneco.

Last week, PSALM president and chief executive officer Emmanuel R. Ledesma in a statement said that PSALM requested the DOE to issue a notice of disconnection against Daneco due to the failure of Daneco to comply with the financial obligations under their power supply agreement.

Guya, however, did not show any written letter from PSALM addressed to Daneco-NEA relating power disconnection.

But the warning of power disconnection aired by Guya and Daneco-NEA officials has been immediately tagged by opposing Daneco-NEA media spokesperson Oliver Autor as “a desperate move, a new bluff threatening consumers of total blackout like what they did last year.” 

Autor charged that Daneco-NEA is resorting anew to threats based on bloated obligations so that member-consumers would have to pay their electric bills to Daneco-NEA.

He said that last year Daneco-NEA officials threatened member-consumers that the power obligations had already reached more than P700 million when “in truth it was only more than P300 million.”

Daneco-CDA board president Engr. Albert Omega also earlier contended that PSALM could not arbitrarily cut its power supply without the hearings of Energy Regulatory Commission.

Omega claimed that ERC was no longer entertaining Daneco-NEA as the body wanted only to deal with one Daneco entity.

During the press conference, Guya and Daneco-NEA officials bared that Daneco has already an outstanding power obligation to Engineering Equipment Inc. (EEI) Power Corp. amounting to P101.93 million.

It was a first revelation on Daneco’s obligations to EEI since the latter started supplying Daneco during peaking hours October last year amid long daily rotational brownouts. EEI is a diesel-powered 13-megawatt independent power producer based in Tagum City. 

Besides, Daneco has also power obligations of P50.94 million from the Aboitiz-owned Therma Marine, Inc. (TMI) and P12.76 million from the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines.

Daneco failed to pay P576 million outstanding debt to PSALM covering the period March 2013 to April 2014, causing Daneco–NEA in June 2013 to seek for loan restructuring of the P275 payables with a monthly amortization of P8.15 million.

PSALM, however, said that Daneco-NEA “had dutifully paid” the monthly amortization while the Daneco-CDA group failed to settle its power bills, the latest of which being given in December 2013.

PSALM apparently is seeing Daneco as one entity being the main power generating supplier since then when it was yet the original, bigger National Power Corp. 

So with the other secondary power suppliers whose contracts to supply power were made before July 2012 when Daneco was still one entity, without divisive infighting over who is legitimate between Daneco-NEA and Daneco-CDA groups. 

PSALM and TMI supplies power to Daneco at an average of 30 and 15 megawatts, respectively. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Massive organic production of famous Samal mongo to be launched

Posted in Gregorio “Boy” Sarmiento, Seagrass Beach Resort with tags , on July 25, 2014 by cha monforte

May 31, 2014

A massive production of the famous and the best Samal mongo through organic farming will soon be launched throughout the island of Samal in Davao del Norte.

Gregorio “Boy” Sarmiento, owner of Seagrass Beach Resort in Penaplata District, said that a private support group he coordinated would be funding for the mass propagation of mongo, which is known to grow as “quality grain when produced in Samal Island.”

He said the plan is now being finalized with the cooperation of several interested barangay councils.

Sarmiento said that the support group, composed of socially concerned private businessmen of a civic organization, would complement the mongo production with support programs and incentives for the farmers such as provision of appropriate organic farming technology, product marketing assistance, fuel discount cards and educational support for the farmers’ children through their farmers’ organization.

Barangay Guilon punong barangay Edgardo Bastillada said that they are optimistic to the plan of massively producing the Samal mongo, saying it would spread like a wildfire that would greatly complement and help marginal and indigent farmers in the island through intercropping with their already existing plants.

“The Samal mongo is known to have the best taste as it is so milky and oily when cooked,” he said.

He added mongo stands for the “smallest m” that would make Samal Island be even known throughout country and the world after the island’s other m’s- its mariculture and mango production.

The first planting time of supported mongo farmers is scheduled in the coming August. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)