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NEA decides to re-publish vacant DANECO GM post; Laniba out

Posted in Alan Laniba, Allan Laniba, Daneco GM with tags , , , on June 2, 2011 by cha monforte

Feb 10-16, 2011

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has recently given the go signal to the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Daneco) board of directors to re-publish the notice of vacancy for the general manager position.

The NEA’s recent decision to seek for new applicants for general manager nationwide is seen as its usual paying of respect to the independence in the decision-making of the Daneco’s board whose current majority dislike Daneco insider-employee Allan Laniba to become the regular GM.

Last January the Daneco board in a resolution recommended to the NEA to re-publish the notice of vacancy of the GM post rather than go for the option of confirming Laniba to become the regular GM.

NEA Administrator Editha Bueno gave an advisory last December to either re-publish the notice of vacancy for the GM post or confirm Laniba, for which the board opted for re-publication visibly thumbing down the prequalification of Laniba following his short-lived OIC GMship in 2009.

For over two years now NEA has been noted to be often throwing back Daneco boardroom’s contentious issues for ultimate decision of the board.
NEA’s rules however provide the board of power cooperative to have the final say on the choice of the regular GM although it is NEA which tests, preselects, shortlists GM post candidates and recommends to the board.

Daneco insiders interviewed said that with the NEA’s decision and with the strong sticking out of the Daneco’s majority led by board president Dean Briz to give no-confidence measure to Laniba’s managerial capacity, “he has no more face to insist to become our GM”.

Reports said earlier that in the 12-man board only one director is supporting Laniba.
Laniba is currently defending charges of mismanaging the small affairs of the recently abolished Barangay Power Associations (BAPAs) where several BAPA officers were accused of pocketing several millions of power bill collections, which they failed to remit to Daneco’s coffers.

Engr. Nelson Balangan has been acting as the Daneco OIC GM since April 2010.(cha monforte)

Not whim and caprices over Laniba

Posted in Allan Laniba with tags , on May 15, 2011 by cha monforte

DEC 30/10-JAN 5, 2011

Valley & City Chronicle


By Cha Monforte

The Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Daneco) board of directors presided by Dean Briz has crossed the rubicon: it decided to reject a non-engineer Allan Laniba as a insider employee to become Daneco’s regular general manager. Earlier, the National Electrification Administration (NEA), following its validation and screening of shortlisted applicants, recommended to the Daneco board to either confirm Laniba or have the vacant post re-published by newspapers. The Daneco board, under the law and the bylaws, has the final say who becomes the regular GM. NEA only screens, validates and recommends its choice. Stupid, it’s the Daneco board which finally decides who the Daneco regular GM should be!

My source said that of the 12 members of the board of directors now only director Orlando Bugas of Nabunturan is supporting Laniba. If I were Laniba I would not insist for the peace of Daneco. But he’s moving heaven and earth wanting unpeace by soliciting support from top politicians including Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario and religous leaders unknowing of Daneco’s la affairs. I know Gov. RDR and Bishop Wilfredo Manlapaz are men of peace, so here’s a history about Daneco’s GMship for their comprehensive info as especially the governor’s cordon sanitaire obviously failed to provide him one. And like Fr. Nards of Panabo City info office, the DavNor info men should be better inside Bananoy, the mascot.

Daneco’s GMship issue has now reached the peak in so far as Laniba is concerned and after 1 year of legal tussles and boardroom wranglings. Laniba, junior of many senior department managers of Daneco, was a protege of late GM Edgar Savellano and was designated to be OIC GM by the latter when he was still sick and on leave. The previous board, presided then by Dr. Antonio Sebumpan, MD and majority of whom were allied to Savellano, subsequently confirmed Laniba’s designation as OIC GM on April 4, 2009. NEA on April 15, 2009 finding Laniba to be backed up by the previous board affirmed the board’s action and gave Laniba 1 year probationary period.

On July 11, 2009 while Laniba was supposed to be on probationary period the previous board led by Dr. Sebumpan moved to make Laniba the permanent GM. The resolution net 8 votes and 1 “no” vote of Briz. Shortly after, Briz together with director-treasurer Ananias Darjan Jr and director Roman Calicdan questioned the board’s action and by mid 2009 NEA administrator counsel Atty. Edgardo Piamonte threw back the issue to the board to resolve it as a collegial body. Dr. Sebumpan answered NEA, stating that the issue was already settled by the board. On September 16, 2009 NEA counsel Piamonte wrote the board giving Laniba 1 year up to April 2010 to prove his worth during the probationary period with an advice that Laniba had still to be subjected to NEA evaluation and recommendation.

But on Dec. 12, 2009 six Daneco directors led by Briz in a simple majority moved to declare the GM post open and vacant in Resolution No. 293 . Four directors said “no” while one director abstained. It was contested by Laniba, backed up by Daneco’s legal consultant Atty. Jess Albacite, to NEA legal department and they tagged Res. 293 as invalid from the very beginning advancing that what was needed was 2/3 of the votes of 12-man board of directors or 7 votes and not simple majority of 6 votes. But NEA threw back again to the board the challenge to resolve the issue on majority votes in Res. No. 293. On February 28, 2010 the previous board, leaning to Briz contention, affirmed Res. 293 to be valid and in order with additional 1 vote gained, thus the 7 majority votes was reached and affirmed the contended resolution. But still Laniba protested even while he was yet acting as the OIC GM of Daneco with a board reeling in so divisive, tumultuos mood and so oriented to boardroom maneuverings that had one director crying for peace in the boardroom in Daneco Tagum office after he had a stroke. When Laniba was still the OIC GM he managed to sway the employees to his side even the contracting electricians instigating them to go against a Laniba-hostile board already chaired by Briz, who earlier wrested the presidency from Sebumpan in a new election of officers following vascillations of few directors towards Briz and company.

With Briz and company’s 7 votes as a backdrop, the previous board was then locked in a struggle in policy measures with hairline vote margin switching to and pro either favoring Laniba or Briz depending on the issue at hand. Briz and Co. contended that Laniba’s term as OIC GM could anytime be cut by the Daneco board citing a NEA ruling that the management of a power cooperative is vested on its board of directors, and therefore it can anytime declare the position open and vacant for application by anybody nationwide. They then asked NEA to publish the vacancy to a newspaper of national circulation with Daneco shouldering for the cost of publication, which NEA subsequently favored to publish it by second week of April 2010.

While Briz and Co. and Sebumpan and Co. locked horns on the issue of replacing or maintaining Laniba, the Briz and Co. had been blowing the lid off in baring alleged anomalies and “deficiencies” happening in Daneco with unresolved management, operational and financial issues harking back to the time of late first GM Atty. Jose Amacio. Briz and Co. wanted reforms, while Laniba was defending a status quo. Last year Laniba succeeded twice not to be unseated by Briz and Co. as he still got the majority in defeating the measure of replacing him with one who chickened out, and then the motion of rotating OIC GMship by department managers. If not of the publication of the notice of vacancy for Daneco GM, Laniba, unrepentant and clinging like kapit tuko to his post, would not have relinquished the OIC GM post as required to an Daneco insider applicant to the position. On April 27, 2010 technical department manager Engr. Nelson Balangan assumed as Daneco OIC GM. Balangan is proving to be well in managing Daneco even as there is now peace in the current board of directors led by Briz (who was reelected as board president July last year by his colleagues with two new directors – Zafra and Binasbas). By October 2010 three of the eight applicants for regular GM were shortlisted by NEA to be qualified for validation and screening even as earlier NEA deemed Laniba to be already automatically qualified for being the OIC GM on probationary period. And by December last year NEA gave an advisory to either confirm or re-publish the notice of vacancy of regular GM of Daneco.

POSTSCRIPTS: We are in democratic country, and a power coop is also democratic by the virtue that it is collectively owned by its members, who reposed their will to their elected board of directors. Since Briz and Co. is reportedly now composed of 10 directors, a so large majority, with only Bugas supporting Laniba, now how’s this far Gov. RDR? It’s the will of the Daneco members through the board that put Laniba to be the man not to be trusted to manage the multi-billionaire Daneco.Not by the directors’ whims and caprices. Laniba could not even manage well the small thing of the small BAPAs. And still give him the whole, big affairs of multi-billionaire Daneco? It’s doubly risky to put the management of Daneco to a junior, a neophyte, non-engineer and politician wannabe. Laniba is a suspect when he defends the status quo and resists reforms pushed by Briz and Co. and wants divisions and tumults to characterize Daneco’s boardroom. And look what he had done to peace in Daneco by his being kapit tuko? Instead, of getting more directors to his side, he has one Orlando Bugas digging up for him. (e-mail:

NEWS: Mylene not yet withdrawing from Daneco GM bid- Salve

Posted in Alan Laniba, daneco, Daneco GM, tagum city councilor mylene baura, tagum mayor rey uy with tags , , , , on July 22, 2009 by cha monforte

“NEA would have still to declare the position vacant”

july 21

Tagum City Councilor Mylene Baura has not yet withdrawn from her bid as she has yet to apply for the vacant position of general manager of the multi-billionaire Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Daneco), clarified City Councilor Reynaldo Salve in an ambush interview during a forced break of their session due to a sudden brownout Monday morning.

Baura, a lawyer and certified public accountant (CPA), was earlier endorsed in a resolution filed at the City Council in last week’s session as more than qualified to be the next Daneco general manager following the death of GM Edgardo Savellano.

She was present on Monday’s session but she went out from the session hall when the session resumed after about 10 minutes of power interruption.

Salve said that inasmuch that the National Electrification Administration (NEA) or the Daneco Board of Directors has not yet declared the position vacant and “published it in a newspaper” nobody could yet apply for Daneco GM.

Salve said that the the right process based on the bylaws is that first NEA would have first to receive applications from applicants for the GM and it (NEA) would have to select from among qualified applicants and endorse him or her to the Daneco Board which would also endorse its choice to NEA for confirmation.

“The resolution of endorsement to Mylene is still referred to the committee on government organizations and nongovernment organizations,” Salve clarified in the heels of reports that Baura has withdrawn from her GM’s bid in favor of the current OIC GM Alan Laniba, who was endorsed the other Saturday by all of the present members of Daneco Board except member Dean Briz, the city budget officer and Mayor Rey Uy’s protege.

“NEA has still many things to do in selecting who should head Daneco including doing BI (background investigation) on the applicants,” Salve said.

The resolution endorsing Baura for Daneco GM in last week’s session had fueled speculations that Mayor Uy was pulling the strings in his plan of putting the electric cooperative that services most of Davao del Norte, all of Compostela Valley and the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) under the city’s program and direction.

Daneco has over 120,000 member-consumers at present.

For its 37 years of existence now, Daneco is already billionaire cooperative deriving about P1.2-billion operating revenue as of November 2007, per earlier report of Daneco official website. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

OPINION: Tagum City Hall’s gambit?

Posted in Agripino Coquilla, Alan Laniba, daneco, Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative, tagum city councilor mylene baura, Tristan Royce Aala with tags , , , , , on July 22, 2009 by cha monforte
By Cha Monforte

The cat is out in the bag, and now we know that Tagum City Councilor Mylene Baura is being tossed up the city officialdom to vie for the coveted position of the general manager of billionaire Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative. Of course, the lady whom a colleague of her in a council supra dominated by men calls a pretty city legislator has all the rights to apply for as well as the qualifications to hold the position. She’s not only the rose among the thorns- she’s a lawyer and an accountant as well.
By the city council’s full endorsement of her bid last Monday, and presumably due to the imprimatur of City Mayor Rey Uy, at no time in the wildest dream of OIC GM Alan Laniba, who is junior in age of Councilor Mylene (and others say he’s yet underage to be a Daneco GM), has he been given a good contender, who is in fact more than qualified than him except that Laniba counts to be an insider than an outsider and has reportedly the backing of the present Board of Directors as he gets the impression of being the most senior among the seven other department managers. But maybe the councilor, who is still single, is, too, a member-concessionaire like the Daneco info man.
This city council endorsement visibly revives or reveals once again the city mayor’s long interest to put Daneco under the city hall’s direction. There was that power summit called by him but the Daneco’s power holders did not give meaning of it. And the libel case filed by Daneco officers against Ed Valdez, the mayor’s info man, which was already dismissed, was a side story in what can be seen as an imbroglio between the City Hall officialdom and Daneco management. It generated more speculations, while it is far-fetched to say it trod on the path of Barry Levinson’s Wag the Dog satire.
With Councilor Baura’s entry, Laniba must all the more defend himself in public that he is more than qualified to lead a big organization covering two provinces and an island even with the looming energy crisis and power rates increases ahead of us. After all, he styles himself a mediaman even while employed as the senior manager for Institutional Services Department, which functions like a public and media affairs department like in the corporate world, even as he clings to the position as the president of the National Press Club-Davao del Norte and Comval Chapter (was this NPC chaptering recognized by NPC-National? Just asking). Morever, Laniba is also writing columns and is reportedly the publisher of a local weekly which his sister Jo circulates – even past Daneco’s doors. And these give him all the right to reply. By that particular engagement, Alan must also be transparent, and declare transparency he must now as one of his cherished policies under his management if heavens favorably smile at him.
But there’s a quiver in the thought of some observers over the councilor’s non-reluctance to apply for the position knowing that the city council had been already stigmatized by two stunts of mandate abandonments made by  then Councilor Tristan Royce Aala who went to Japan, and then Councilor Agripino Coquilla who went to become the unconfirmed provincial engineer of Compostela Valley during the time of former Governor Jose “Joecab” Caballero. For trying to go for greener pastures (just nobody could block anybody wishing to try his luck outside), the first reportedly had his finger broken in an accident, while the second had his heart broken for not being confirmed by the provincial board, and media-tatterred while sources said they both had sterling legislative record before their unimagined stunts.
But this bad karma isn’t a downer for the lady councilor. What evidently comes up next from her endorsed bid is both hushed and bare public reactions and opinions hovering about abandonment of people’s mandate. But maybe Mylene’s bid could come past after the November’s deadline of filing of certificates of candidacy. But what if there’s No-El (no election) given that bombs are exploding everywhere, and martial law is declared to perpetuate local incumbents (heavens forbid)? It’s not regretable anyway as a Daneco’s GMship too lasts until the holder returns to his/her Maker (no pun intended).
However, if Baura’s endorsement is really a City Hall’s gambit, then we’ll expect her to get further support from notable politicians like the Comval Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy, brother of the city mayor, and Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario, in tandem with her uncle Vice Gov. Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio. But maybe, it’s go Mylene, go! despite the precedents, since as sources from the Daneco board of directors say nobody and nobody can just be appointed and confirmed as Daneco GM by the superimposing (if not irritating) National Electrification Administration (NEA) without him or her being backed and lobbied by powerful politicians. I don’t know yet who among Baura, Laniba and other applicants has already the upperhand in this most important factor and key in capturing this perks-blessed Daneco GMship (email: