Catanduanes power co-op seeks gov’t assistance


THE First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative Inc. is seeking government help to solve the power shortage in the island province which has been experiencing rotating brownouts of up to 20 hours daily for the last two months.

General manager Samuel Laynes on Wednesday said in a statement that his office is being flooded with complaints because the existing power problem is affecting business and peace and order in the province.

“The establishments in Catanduanes are really suffering because of these po- wer outages, especially the tourism facilities, schools, restaurants, ice cream parlors and frozen food retailers,” Laynes said.

“We need immediate and long-term solutions, which is why we are seeking the intervention of President [Be–nigno] Aquino 3rd and Energy Secretary [Carlos Jericho] Petilla,” he added.


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  1. Jorge Turbolencia on

    General Manager Laynes,

    For the last decades the National Government had paid Billion of Pesos to pay the NAPOCOR Debts. NG could not afford anymore to engaged in providing subsidies to LGUs and GOCCs because of revenue fall, otherwise it has to incur more Debts. Power supply should now be the concerns of the private sector, however, the business providers are not aggressive because of the “regulatory risk” involved that tend to side the consumers. Consumers are hard on accepting the “user’s pay” principle, hence, the risk! Given such scenario, how then can these businessmen recoup their extensive capital infusion to big ticket projects like hydrothermal plant? MRT3 is an ideal example where the NG subsidized 60% of the fares in order to pay debts, maintain the facility and do the day to day operation. Where shall the NG gets these huge requirement when the tax base of the Philippines is between 24-30% only?

    My regards Padi.