BM Eleonor Fajardo burst with deep dismay during Sangguniang Panlalawigan session, January 17, condemning Occidental Mindoro Consolidated Power Corporation‘s action (OMCPC) resulting to sudden power interruption midnight of January 15.
BM Fajardo made the pronouncement in the middle of her speech as express her support for BM Diana Credo Apigo-Tayag‘s resolution “calling for a public inquiry in aid of legislation on the “sudden unilateral cut-off of power supply of OMCPC in the province of Occidental Mindoro.”
“Siguro may kasalanan ang Board of Directors ng OMECO. Pero hindi na ito ang panahon ngayon para ibigay natin kung kani-kanino pa ang sisi. Nandito po ang Sangguniang Panalalawigan para aksyunan itong LINTEK NA NANGYAYARI NGAYON SA OCCIDENTAL MINDORO”.
He further said that the situation is already taking toll on everyone.
“Panahon na po. Sobra na. Sobra na ang nangyayari.“
Leading to her closing statement, BM Eleonor Fajardo motioned that OMCPC be disqualified from Competitive Selection Process (CSP) which was seconded by another member of Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
“Ang OMCPC, minumungkahi ko, ma-dsqualify sa ginagawang CSP dahil sa ginawa nilang ito sa’ten.”
Beforehand, BM Eleonor Fajardo thanked Cong. Josephine Ramirez-Sato for immediately taking action, establishing a dialogue with agencies concerned to, at least, temporarily resolve the issue.
“Maraming salamat sa ating Congresswoman na kagyat ay nandyan para bigyan ng solusyon yung ating problema.” -BM Eleonor Fajardo
She however cautioned that it shouldn’t be the case. A more permanent solution is needed which she hope can be addressed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
Few minutes before midnight of January 15, there was a sudden power interruption. It was restored after a while.
Everyone thought it’s just a regular power interruption since Occidental Mindoro has gotten used to it and has been going on for a long time.
But it turned out to be a bigger one.
Early afternoon of January 16, news of misunderstanding between OMCPC and OMECO started spreading across Facebook news feeds, that the latter refused the former’s request to pay P69 million Department of Energy (DOE) subsidy pertaining to certain transition agreement.
By midnight, power supply was again interrupted. It was only restored early afternoon of January 17.
Cong. Sato posted this on her Facebook page, January 17, announcing the restoration of power supply in Occidental Mindoro.
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Balik Kuryente, Sulong OkSi!
Katatapos lang po ngayong umaga ng isang emergency meeting sa NAPOCOR. Ang pulong na ito ay resulta ng ating pakikipag-usap kay Sec. Al Cusi upang kagyat na matugunan ang naganap na OMCPC Power Plant shutdown kahapon.
1. Itutuloy ng OMCPC ang operasyon ng kanilang planta ngayong araw, January 17.
2. Magbibigay ng dagdag ayuda ang DOE para sa diesel supply requirement ng OMCPC upang patuloy ang daloy ng kuryente sa OkSi habang hinihintay ang desisyon ng ERC sa Power Subsidy Joint Petition ng OMECO at OMCPC.
Tayo din po ay nagpapaabot ng appreciation kay ERC Chair Agnes Devanadera na aking nakausap kahapon. Itinakda na po ang ERC Board en banc meeting sa Martes, January 21, upang desisyunan at maglabas ng order sa petiton ng OMECO at OMCPC.
Maraming Salamat Po!
Shown in photo from left to right:
1. Rod Plopinio, OMECO President
2. Atty. Vicar Lofranco, NEA Dep Admin for Electric Coop Mgr. Services
3. Engr. Ferdinand Villareal, NEA Dir. For Technical Operations
4. Calvin Genotea, OMCPC COO
5. Cong Nene
6. Usec. Manny Juaneza,DOE
7. Cesar Faeldon, OMECO GM
8. Atty. Rosan Lee,NEA Dep Admin for Legal Services
9. Reynaldo Cuevas, NEA Dir. for Mgt & Consultancy Services Office
10. Ruth Ramirez, NEA Regulatory Affairs Office