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Update: Petilla wants NEA to intervene in electric coops, 3000 Consumers Petition NEA

How fast can NEA get the powers to take over ABRECO?
by Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines – Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla proposed the conversion of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) into a governing body with powers to review and actually intervene in the management and financial affairs of electric cooperatives.

Petilla raised the suggestion after the Abra Electric Cooperative (ABRECO) faces another disconnection by February 7 or 8 if it is not able to pay P16 million in overdue payment to its supplier and National Grid Corp.

Another P10 million is needed a few days from Feb. 7 and yet another P16 million in overdue amount will have to be raised by ABRECO. On top of this monthly obligations, ABRECO also owes PSALM P355 million in previous loans.

According to Petilla, even the cooperative’s supplier Aboitiz Power is now giving up due to defaults in payment.

Petilla still hopes the coop gets a weekly contract so as not to plunge Abra in darkness. But he said if the people of Abra will allow the DOE, he would want a new management team to take over ABRECO.

ABRECO is not under the NEA but the CDA or the Cooperative Development Authority.
Update: NEA told: Run co-op to ease Abra power woe

BAGUIO CITY—Abra’s consumers have urged their electric cooperative to relinquish its membership with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and submit once again to the supervision of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to solve the province’s power crisis.

At least 3,000 people petitioned NEA to take back the Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco), saying the agency is better equipped to solve a management problem that led to the pullout of Abra’s only power supplier on Jan. 10, according to Mayor Ryan Luna of Bangued town.

Abra suffered a blackout on Jan. 24 when the Aboitiz Power Renewables Inc. (Apri) disconnected Abreco from its system. The province’s electricity resumed only after last ditch negotiations with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

Lawyer Franco Bawang, CDA Cordillera director, said Abreco’s problems are from its management team. “We have no hand in Abreco,” he said.

The local governments of Bangued, Lagayan, Dolores, Pidigan, San Juan and Langidan joined households and civic leaders in the petition, Luna said.

“CDA has not done anything [to help fix Abreco’s debt problems that led to Apri’s withdrawal],” he told the Inquirer by phone.

But CDA said it was not empowered to meddle with the management of a cooperative. Desiree Caluza, Inquirer Northern Luzon



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32 thoughts on “Update: Petilla wants NEA to intervene in electric coops, 3000 Consumers Petition NEA

  1. Poor Abrenians!!! Awan makatulong

    Posted by Amandeep | January 31, 2013, 4:11 am
  2. ABSOLUTELY AFFIRMATIVE!!!!!! Let the DOE manage ABRECO to ward off politics and bring the services in an efficient manner. We pray for this to happen. Secretary Petilla “Sir” why not convene an assembly and let the people of Abra vote if they want the DOE to manage ABRECO. I believed it would be an overwhelming vote in favor for DOE managing ABRECO.

    Posted by jampol | January 31, 2013, 4:20 am
  3. La no kayat da la ketdi nga i-manage, apay haan. Nagsayaaten no saranayen dan ti agtungtunglab nga power supply ti Abra.

    Posted by jampol | January 31, 2013, 6:27 am
  4. Easy to comment but only few attended the forum after so much advertisements. If still few will attend the coming general assembly, maybe the people of Abra really deserves the power disconnection and the current ABRECO management. After that last chance to extend their support, nobody should complain of loss of electric supply.

    Posted by itsourproblem | January 31, 2013, 7:13 am
  5. Awan met ti ado a mangisakit pimam,rumbeng na lang awan ti silaw tau…..uray ket ada man met silaw wen lol…

    Maymayat koma nga ada general assembly no maawanan tau ti kolyente uray maka dominggo laeng …kitaek ni madi da umay dagita KA-AG….

    Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013, 1:08 am
  6. This has reference to Alvin Lechica’s publication regarding the 16M overdue account of Abreco to Aboitiz.
    We would like to inform you that we have already settled our monthly obligations to our energy provider, AP Renewable Renewables, Inc., as of the last monthly billing period. To date, we are doing our sincere best to pay our bills on time and to comply with all other requirements set by our industry partners.
    We are aware of the aggressive media campaign waged by local politicians in Abra who are hell-bent on grabbing the leadership of our cooperative. The black propaganda against us has reached the national setting, aiming to undermine our credibility and jeopardize our operations.
    The doomsday scenario of total blackout has been peddled far and wide to blow out of proportion our present financial predicament which is within the capability of our internal leadership to handle.
    Be that as it may, we assure you that ABRECO can endure. We will overcome these challenges to our cooperative.
    Since December 10, 2012, there has never been a real power disconnection in its franchise area contrary to the news article circulating in the national media. Abreco has settled its obligation to Aboitiz on January 24, 2 hours before the scheduled cut off. The NGCP has acknowledged Abreco’s partial payment of 1M in order to avert the cut off. Abreco paid its December 2012 bill on time. Why did they cut our supply? I dunno, One thing for sure Gov Takit has nothing to do with restoring it. He claims to have bought his own fabricated calamity with the P5M calamity fund of the province, assuming that there was still something left in the said fund during this time.

    Posted by Pantaleon D. Viador | February 1, 2013, 4:41 am
    • It appears that there’s no more threat of power interruption starting January 24. So the 10M before Feb. 7 and another 16 million thereafter were all just bogus. I hope your name here is not also bogus because we are trusting of whatever clarification you brought to our attention. Thanks….

      Posted by doubtful member | February 1, 2013, 6:47 pm
  7. The question that I posted and still cannot understand is that the consumer pay the bill monthly and on time . As a consumer we have the right to get what we pay for , but why we still get power disconnect. Then the question next is why do we need to pay and after all we consumer suffer and what is the logic behind it. We are the Filipino show to the world that they can make it on world stage whereas they cannot even solve the problem . What is the president doing about this matter , enjoy life in the palace and attend the world conference about Anti corruption. Before the Filipino can ready stand on the world stage , first is to get all the corrupt into jail , audit the account of the management and you will be surprise that all the LV bag , all the nice car , all the food that they ate is all from the poor people out they , please dun call yourself a catholic and dun need to go to church on Sunday to receive the body of Christ , really disgrace . Filippino is time to stand by and dun let people bully you and look down on you around the world .

    Posted by Antonio | February 1, 2013, 5:00 am
  8. Sinalbag a politiko dagita!……awan sererbi yo!…..tatta, agiunnuna kayo aginsisimpa ti problema…ngem nu malpas, agipatugaw kayon to met t TAO yo tapno subboten yo met tay trinabaho yo…….paulit ulit nlang to mga ogag sa gobyerno!!!…..aminin nyo o hindi nabasa ko na bawat lakad nyo…..you are not true to yourself and to the people you supposed to serve foos!!!!……deny and deny until you die idiots!…..

    Posted by qif | February 1, 2013, 5:02 am
  9. Why bangued lagayan dolores pidigan sanjuan langiden only??! How about the other towns, there are 27 municipalites affected by these man made(GM MADE DISASTER) how come only 6 towns managed to petition with their people, poor abrenio napulitika manin kisalbag oh oh oh…

    Posted by Electric boy | February 1, 2013, 9:19 am

    Posted by jampol | February 1, 2013, 1:06 pm
  11. kastoy met ti ammo mi apo:
    1. as of this date,awan ti utang ti abreco iti aboitiz, ti la mabayadan manen ket ti current bill
    2. kapilitan a pinirmaan ti abreco diay renegotiated contract idi mierkoles gapu ta nagilayat ti aboitiz iti disconection notice gubuay iti kaawaan iti power supply agreement. abreco was forced to do so ta haan a kayat ti liderato ti abreco a maputdan manen iti power supply iti laksid kadagiti annuroten ti katulagan a mangidagel iti kooperatiba
    3. inreklamo ti abreco daytoy a psa iti erc ket mahuwesio daytoy inton lunes, pebrero 4, 2013
    4. diay ipadpadmag da nga utang a 32 a riwriw a pisos, dayta ket security deposit ti abreco iti aboitiz a saan pay laeng a naited
    5. diay met agarup nga 350 a riwriw a pisos iti psalm, dagitoy ket naipaay iti electrification project ti gobierno a madato kas maiyannurot iti maysa nga akta republika. indanon ti abreco ti servicio na iti alingganet ti kabanbantayan a paset ti probinsia.milyones ti nabsbus para iti dayta ngem ti return of investment na ket nalidem a matannawagan kadagitoy a tiempo. mano laeng ti nagakabit iti silaw na ken minimum la baybayadan da. manon a bagyo ti timmupar ti lugar tayo sipud naipasdek dagitoy napapintas a linya ti koryente. nadadael ti sumagmamano ken alangan met a buyaan lattan ti abreco. kapilitan a nasuktan manen dagitoy a linya.
    6. aminado ti liderato ti abreco nga adu unay ti empleados naisu a madama ita ti panagikkat iti empleados
    7. aminado ti abreco nga adda dagiti nagkurangan na isu a madama ita iti pannakaiyurnos na.

    Posted by abreco | February 1, 2013, 6:00 pm
    • @ABRECO
      ABRECO, awan kunam ti utang yo ti APRI ta nabayadan yon, ngem adda pay laeng utang yo ti NEA nga nasurok 300M. Napanan na ngarud dagitay kuarta ti tattao nga imbaybayad mi? Saan kami nga bulsek nga consumers ta makitkita mi met ti kina agpayso. Sikayo ti nagaramid ti problema isu nga saan yo nga mapabasol dagiti politiko nga maki ride on kaniayo. Apay nga madi yo kayat nga masukatan da wenno i take over ti NEA tapno makita amin nga inaramid yo? Adda directive idi ti COA nga AG SPECIAL AUDIT da ngem saan nga pinalubusan ti ABRECO nga umay da… Ania ti makunam??????

      Posted by zha zha | February 2, 2013, 6:18 pm
      • ZHA….please read the above article where Mayor Luna reported that at least 3000 consumers have had already signed the Petition for NEA to take over Abreco. Whoever initiated this move is a man of courage with a big heart ready to launch fierce resistance of any form of oppositions from whichever sides for the sake of his beloved constituents. If he is a candidate, he deserves overwhelming support especially if he could make it happened in a short period of time or at least one month prior to the election. But there are still some nagging questions to be clarified before diving excitedly to the conclusion that this may end now the corruption or mismanagement committed allegedly by the GM’s subordinates without his full knowledge. In other words, he was just allegedly taken advantage of by his highly educated Board of Directors Here’s the question: If it’s already under NEA, do we still have the coop to be managed by us consumers and still empowered to recruit its own top to bottom personnel or ceases to exist where NEA will be the over all in-charge of everything including personnel hiring based on Civil Service rules and regulations?

        Posted by malagantz | February 3, 2013, 1:23 pm
    • OGAG kunam wan utang yo? Apay ngarud a mapotdan kayo? Apay garud nga dikay makabayad ti kuryente? Ibagayu nga maud udi kami agbayad a cosumers ,umun una billing ni aboitiz so saankay nga makabayad on time..
      Memesa kayat na saw en deta MONO kaya nga abreco .,awwan pondo ti abreco kunam a Mono .awan la ti na laing kinyayo dita no di agtakaw. Mano met bayad na ni david guzman kinyam ta sika met ti spokesman na ditoy abrenian.com?

      Posted by anonynous | February 3, 2013, 1:27 am
  12. MABUHAY Abreco awanen ti power disconnection! Sapay koma Apo…
    Wait…mabalin ngarud nga i-refund da diay calamity fund?

    Posted by happy na member | February 1, 2013, 6:58 pm
  13. Mayatak met ti explanation ni ABRECO ditoy ngem ti question ket isu met latta a magutdan kadaguitoy bulan ti Febrero 2013, dila mabalin a maamuan ti kinaagpayso na daytoy. La no maiikat ni GM Jun Seares, kas kunana dita, nasisyaat siguro tapno makita ti husto na daytoy a problema. Basta ti ammo mi a consumers ket adda agdama a problema ti ABRECO isu nga kanayon a magutdan ti power supply. Kaawatan a saan a mabalin nga i-corrupt daytoy ta basic necessities ngarud, isu nga umdayo kuma ti politico ditoy.

    Posted by jampol | February 1, 2013, 9:51 pm
  14. maputdan tayo ngarud no makabayad ti abreco? ti la makunak, masapul a baliwan ti abreco ti due date na kadagiti member consumers tapno makabayad met ti abreco iti bill na iti power supplier. ti pagaammok a ket ket ti bill ti abreco manipud power supplier ket kas met la iti bill dagiti member consumers iti abreco. maimaldit didiay no mano ti nagastar a koryente, mano ti bayadam, sakbay ken kalpasan ti due date ken diay disconnection date na no di ka makabayad. maud-udi met ti due date ngamin ti member consumers ngem ti due date ti abreco. isu nga marigatan da nga mangor-or ti pagbayad. no diak agriro, nanginngina pay ti bayad ti koryente diay ifugao or mt province sa daydiay. ti rigat na, dagiti padak a munnel, iwaragawag da metten a dagus a maputdan tayo ti kroyente inton kastoy nga aldaw ket di pay la nadanon ti due date a panagbayad ti kooperatiba. ti la makitak ditoy a mangpakpakaro ti situasion ket dagiti timmulong a mangipwesto kenni gm badong ket isu met laeng dagiti personalidad nga aggagar a mangakkal kanyana. agayay- iti utek ko a kasla paltat a nalpasan da ngatan ti kaykayat dan isu a kasjay?

    Posted by dodo | February 2, 2013, 1:31 am
    • apay di mon sa met ammo ti lublubongem wenno naasukan ka jay shabon ni badong ken paquiton, inaramid da daytan iadjust da t reading period just in time for abreco’s supposed due date on the 26th day of the month….one more thing, if there only be a revolving funds intended to offset bad debts, delayed payments…abreco should not have been with this situation. kasano met yords ket ag iinunada met nga agibulsan……

      Posted by mananakaw | February 2, 2013, 2:45 am
  15. No kasta nakalasaten ti bagyo da GM ken daguiti doggiesna?! awanen utang!

    Posted by switik nga itik | February 3, 2013, 3:28 pm
  16. Patiem? nga awan utang na ti ABRECO. Takiak sapin ko sak sepsepan no agpayso dayta. he, he, he,,,,,,,

    Posted by Kirat | February 3, 2013, 11:32 pm
  17. Abreco or in other words david guzman.
    The explanation given by abreco is the same as the explanation of david guzman over the radio dzpa. A very lame explanation. The board and the generall manager is making a mockery. They are misleading us to what is true. While it is true that the 32 million that aboitiz is asking abreco is not a debt but is a security deposit, it is still an obligation of abreco to aboitiz. And because abreco is not paying that obligation, abreco is payong aboitiz the amount of 700,000+ monthly as surcharge for not paying that obligation. That adds to the finAncial woes of. Abreco. The question that everybody is asking is where are all the money go. The consumers pay on time but this idiot david guzman insist that the consumers are not paying. Does this idiot know what he s talking about. 96% of all consumers pay their bills higher than other coops, but still abreco is lossing money. Jun seares is a big mistake. For how could he manage a very big coop such as abreco when he could not even manage his family, his life and did not even finish college. Lucky for bangued that he did not win the mayoralty race, or bangued would be bancrupt by now. His sister-in-law dymphna seares or may I say his bedmate too is amassing lots of money frm the coop. When she entered abreco she goes to office with old cloths with holes in them but now wear signature clothes. What the heck, her salary is only 20t+, a third of what I get but I can’t even afford those. Where did she get her money? Where else but abreco. I don’t think her husband could also afford that even if he is the disgraced vice mayor of bangued. In short abreco is now going bancrupt due to these siblings. Mr idiot davidguzman, spare your townmates from dolores, you don’t deserve to become mayor because of your lack of integrity. Let me clarify that I am not from dolores. Do not make us fools, we are smarter than all of you in abreco. Resign and face the wrath of the people. Any way I heard a criminal case has been filed at the rtc for syndycated estafa against these people. You will be judged by the people and later on by the almighty.

    Posted by mario bang | February 8, 2013, 12:36 am
    • OMG!!!!!i cant believe mr.david guzman has still the nerve to run for mayor!!!shame
      on you.You dont have credibility and integrity,im begging you mr.david
      guzman to spare the people of dolores,if only im from that town i will go there and
      support this dr. neil p. banez he deserves to win,i heard that his entire family
      were very generous in helping the poor way back to his greatgreat grandparents.
      to the people of dolores,dont you like to have a mayor and a doctor!!!!!!i dont know
      him personally but i heard he is giving free medicines and free consultations .these
      are the kind of leaders we need in abra.definitely people in dolores knew already
      which side they will cast their votesDr. neil banez im your # 1 fan kudos to you!!!

      Posted by kj | February 9, 2013, 7:30 am

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