Abra electricity shutdown looms


La Trinidad, Benguet: Abra will face a power cut off if it fails to settle its electricity bills by Wednesday noon.

The province’s private independent power producer—Aboitiz Power Renewables Inc. (APRI)—said in a letter-advisory that extended its deadline until afternoon today to collect its P13.7 million receivable from the Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco).

Martin Yasay, legal officer of the APRI, said that Abreco’s failure to settle its bills will result to the cutting off of power supply on Wednesday noon. This will be done despite the intervention of Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla who requested for an extension of the deadline.

APRI earlier notified Abreco it has terminated its amended Power Supply Agreement with the cooperative because of Abreco’s failure to settle its accounts.

Abreco general manager Loreto Seares Jr., however, vowed the cooperative will pay APRI. “It was not that they [cooperative]refused to settle their obligations, only that finances were drained because of the damages of twin typhoons Luis and Mario that they have to pay suppliers for the materials in cash,” he added.

As of Sunday, according to Seares, Abreco owes APRI only P7 million as it paid the power supplier in tranches last week to settle its P16-million obligation.

“The cooperative could not pool in the needed P6 million for Wednesday,” he added.

Abra was placed under a state of calamity after Typhoon Mario devastated the province.

The power cooperative said it suffered very costly damages to its power lines at more than P16 million, as 24 kilometers of power distribution lines were damaged, 150 electric poles were felled, and other equipment like transformers, kilowatt hour meters, conductors insulators and line devices were destroyed.

Abreco said it immediately attended to restoring power in all the 27 towns of Abra so it can continue serving its 30,000 consumer-members and the province’s economy.


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