MARAWI CITY: A task force composed of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of National Defense (DND) has taken over the controversial Lanao del Sur Cooperative (Lasureco), a move which could end the province’s long time power woes.
Residents in 33 towns have been languishing in the dark for the past 15 months after La–sureco cut their power supply due to unpaid bills.
On Thursday, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin met with local executives at the Mindanao State University clubhouse to discuss how the task force can manage Lasureco until a new set of officers are elected to run the cooperative.
“We pray that the task force headed by composite agencies of DOE, DILG & AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] be successful in bringing enough power to consumers,” Lanao del Sur 1st District Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong said in a statement in his Twitter account.
“Let’s support the newly created task force to man Lasureco in improving the coop’s performance to adequately supply power to Lanao Del Sur,” he added.
Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chair Lou Antonino and Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman also attended the meeting where Lasureco general manager Ashary Maongco tendered his resignation and Energy Undersecretary Matanog “Diego” Mapandi, Police Chief Supt. Edgardo Ingking and Col. Glenn Macasero were appointed as caretakers.
Mapandi, a former leader of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), will head the caretaker team while Macasero, incumbent Army’s 103rd Brigade commander, and Ingking of Western Mindanao Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO), will represent Gazmin and Roxas, respectively.
Meanwhile, Hataman said the task force will initially install individual metering gauges to Lasureco consumers with a budget of P60 million.
After the mass installation of meter gauges, a regular election would be called for the member-consumers to choose management officials such the board of directors, who would elect among themselves the general manager, according to Hataman.