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Albay power company’s incompetent service; Mayor asks Duterte to intervene

Albay Power and Energy Corporation (APEC) sub-station at Washington. Legazpi. Photo from Facebook

By Joey Natividad

SANTO DOMINGO, Albay. 10 June 2018 ( – Located very near to the source of geothermal fields at Tiwi, this town has gotten tired of brownouts and its repeated snobbery by the San Miguel-backed service provider, Albay Power and Energy Corporation (APEC) when the local government unit has appealed for continuous power service.

“Our municipality has been experiencing series of power interruption brought about by the service provider APEC, and I’ve called their attention several times and inquire about the cause of brownout, and they (APEC) have no affirmative response but empty promises,” said Santo Domingo Mayor Herbie B. Aguas.

Ironically, APEC, a creation of San Miguel Power Holdings, draws its power source from the geothermal fields of Tiwi town, near Santo Domingo. APEC had wrested control from then Albay Electric Cooperative (ALECO) several years ago through bureaucratic maneuvering and lobbying that resulted to a legal battle between cooperative member-consumers and San Miguel.

Mayor Herbie B. Aguas. Photo from Facebook

In deep disappointment, Mayor Aguas decided to write President Rodrigo Duterte for intervention.

In his letter to the President, Mayor Aguas wrote: “My constituents are alarmed with the series of power interruption because their daily lives are greatly affected since it is summer season, the heat index in the locality is terrible, the business operations in the market and other business establishments are partly paralyzed, the operation of the local government unit is also affected since most of the services rendered are stored and prepared in computers and among others.”

The Mayor said: “The service provider had failed to render advice to the local government unit regarding the power interruption which would take on the daily basis in the morning, afternoon, night time or even midnight, and it would take several minutes or hours.”

Mayor Aguas said he has checked other neighboring municipalities and has found out only Santo Domingo is suffering the most brownouts, while the other towns experience them occasionally.

Mayor Aguas appealed to the President: “In this regard, may I seek your assistance on the present dilemma we are experiencing since the matter was already brought to the attention of the service provider and local authorities, however, no affirmative response was yet received.

He also called the attention of Leoncio Evasco, Secretary to the Cabinet, and Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Department of Energy.

So far, Malacanang has not yet responded to Santo Domingo’s plight. []


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