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Abra angry at Aboitiz Power

Dexter A. See

Aboitiz Power

Aboitiz Power

BANGUED, Abra —Aboitiz Power Renewables (APRI) cut off power supply to this province on Monday, restored it after a few hours but angry residents threatened to sue the company for various charges, including the inconvenience of having no electricity, officials said.

Richard Tuzon, institutional services department manager of Abra Electric Cooperatives (Abreco) said the company sent a notice of disconnection for its failure to pay its bills amounting P5 million but it cut off power despite full payment before the deadline last Monday.

“We referred the problem to our legal department to study the legal options to compel those responsible for the unexpected power outage in the province to answer for their wayward actions,” Tuzon said.

APRI threatened to disconnect Abreco last December 10, but Energy Secretary Carlos Petilia interceded and the disconnection notice was extended to December 14. Abreco made several payments and the remaining balance of more than P1 million was paid in full before the deadline last Monday.

Despite the payments, Abra was plunged into darkness. Power was restored after a few hours after Abra Rep. Maria Jocelyn Valera-Bernos sought the assistance of officials of the Department of Energy.

Tuzon said the source of existing supply was not immediately known but the 140,000 consumers of the cooperative will incur additional cost if power was provided by the wholesale Electricity Spot Market.

“There will be no additional charges if APRI supplied the power, but it will be costly for consumers if the source is Electricity Spot Market,” Tuzon said.

He said Bernos were meeting with energy officials and representatives of ABRECO and APRI in Manila to thresh out differences and find a solution to the power problem in Abra.

Gov. Eustaquio Bersamin called on those involved to find a permanent solution to the problem, which he said was caused by “miscommunication among the stakeholders.”

Bersamin said the power interruption had a big impact on the province’s economy and those responsible for the power interruption should be penalized for causing suffering to the people of Abra.

“We hope that all is well after the closed-door meeting with energy officials, Abreco and APRI representatives. We do not want our people to suffer again,” Bersamin saidhttp://manilastandardtoday.com/mobile/2014/12/16/abra-angry-at-aboitiz-power

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36 thoughts on “Abra angry at Aboitiz Power

  1. kitaem man lang jem , diay pay ket pangungutang ti makau ngeten.ada karbengan na ti aboitiz ti ag pa brown out ta ma minimize ti loses na .dina kayat diay pautang na ti dumakkel nga ingganan saan a makabaelan nga bayadan ti abreco

    Posted by waengtitagaabra | December 15, 2014, 8:37 pm
    • Maysa nga wagas ti panagsingir ti apri ditoy abreco
      Saan tayto nga polus maatipa detoy patay sindi nga silaw ta ditay met nga makabayad ti utang tayo ti kolyinti saan yo koma a pabasolen dayta apri ta dinto ket komaro mga awan kolyinti tayon toy agyamantay koma ketdi a ta mayat dapay la nga mangted ti koryinti tayo apo

      Posted by Maka olaw nga taga abreco | December 15, 2014, 9:05 pm
  2. If they file bankruptcy their assets/properties/bond are in jeopardy. Do you think the judge will not confiscate and sell them and the proceeds will be paid to the lender?

    Posted by bagtit | December 15, 2014, 10:00 pm
    • I’m sorry to say this, but Richard Tuzon is an intellectually dishonest person. In an interview aired by 24 Oras Ilocos, he said they were mandated by law to hold elections. They are mandated by law if they believe it suits their purpose. Why, are they not mandated by law to convene an assembly whenever at least ten percent of the consumer/members sign a petition requesting for one? Are they not mandated by law to pay their bills to the electricity provider, APRI, on time? In another interview yesterday, when confronted about the failure of more than 30 consumer/members from Lagangilang to vote because their names were not on the voters list nor in the list of consumers, he said they would look into the matter. Of what useful purpose would that be when the elections are already over? The consumers from Lagangilang aired their concern because they had been religiously paying their bills but their names were not in the list of consumers. The big question is to whose pocket their payments went. If ABRECO is in such a rut, who is to blame, the consumers, APRI and whoever else? It does not take a rocket scientist to know that when a business is in distress, management must answer.
      On the issue of getting another electricity provider, may I know if there is any company willing to provide electric power to ABRECO even if they will not be paid on time? Interviews done with people voting during the district elections all resulted in disgust at the mess at ABRECO. The opinions on this forum speak loudly about the outrage of people in ABRA about the uncertainty of power supply brought about by gross mismanagement. Richard Tuzon should stop posturing about legal remedies they might seek. Bring it on, Mr. Tuzon. Better get off your high horse before you fall from it.

      Posted by Pedro Abreno | December 15, 2014, 11:55 pm
      • Actually my friend pedro, Richard Tuzon is not only intellectually dishonest but intellectually wanting, meaning he has no gray matter between the ears. I know him personally, he’s got no brains. He was appointed ISD manager by loreto seares certainly because loreto knows he could twist the head of richard. Truth of the matter is, it should not be ttuzon who should sit as ISD manager because there are people more qualified than he is, with brains and experience. It could have been wilson bolante from lagangilang, he was more senior in abreco, higher in rank and most specially has the brains. But loreto knows he could not twist the head of bolante.
        With regards to the allegations of people in lagangilang about not being able to vote because their names are in the masterlist is also alarming. The sub office head of dolores could be involved with this. Balmaceda is a crony of loreto seares. Official receipts are not issued to the people of dolores and lagangilang when they pay for electric bills. There is an anomaly going on. Ask the son of former councilor of lagangilang. Bade could attest to an attempt to scam his payment. Ask Gemma Barbero on what is happening at the ABRECO sub-office.

        Posted by mario bang | December 16, 2014, 1:20 am
        • asan ba ang ating butihing governor nasa states di ba? held accountable ung mga street killings d mo maheld liable peur press release kau buti na lng meron kang PIA na magaling.

          Posted by eric shawn | December 16, 2014, 6:22 am
        • Erection,you are on a wrong thread.

          Posted by Hater | December 16, 2014, 6:31 am
        • My friend, your are absolutely right. I know Wilson Bolante from head to foot and I know it would be very difficult if not impossible to convince him to take part in wrongdoing. He would not have been elected Grand Mason if he had a dubious character. I also know former Councilor Bade as a very decent and respectable individual. I had the privilege of working with him in an organization where integrity is the most important qualification for membership. Indeed, another can of worms was opened with the complaint of the consumer/members in Lagangilang that their names were not in the list of consumers of ABRECO despite the fact that they have been paying their bills religiously. Add to that the fact that gas slips are being given out to people who are not employees of ABRECO. A relative of mine was given gas slips several times. Is it any wonder why ABRECO is now down on its knees?

          Posted by Pedro Abreno | December 16, 2014, 3:06 pm
      • What i heard from popoy drinking buddy is that the provincial government did not pay their monthly obligation worth 1.4 m it is coincidence that takit is in america baka dinala nya ung ongbayad sana sa abreco.

        POSTED BY ERIC SHAWN | DECEMBER 15, 2014, 11:31 PM
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        Posted by eric shawn | December 16, 2014, 6:27 am
  3. Erica balik ka na lang sa 2012, mag-isa kang galing sa Mandaluyong doon!
    Wala si boss dito, nageenjoy sa Usa ng tunay na diwa ng Pasko – ligaya, tahimik at Pagmamahalan…..mamatay ka sa inggit ano?

    Posted by Capitan | December 16, 2014, 8:36 am
  4. Natured kayo ta di yo met ipakaammo ti pagkatao yo, nu
    siasino kayo. Post with your real names and let’s see.
    Tarkok kayo met ta aglemlemmeng kayo kadagita aliases
    yo. diaske ketdi.
    I have my own mind, don’t dictate me what to do. Respect
    my opinion and I will respect you in return. You have been
    hitting me below the belt. Throwing mud at my name. But
    it’s okay, I work professionally and I don’t waste my time to
    nonsense people.
    Let me tell you that GM IS WORKING FOR THE WELFARE OF
    CONSUMERS AND THE PEOPLE OF ABRA. He appointed
    people who he trusts. People who are comfortable working
    with. People who are loyal to him. Hey guys! That’s his
    prerogative as manager.
    About those 30 consumers removed from voters’ list, baka
    met natiliwan kayo ti illegal, or have not paid on time?
    Please review your account transactions. At least the
    management have taken note of this matter and assured
    that it will not happen in the next election.
    You may not agree with me. It’s hard to talk to nonsense
    people. Dakayo nga haan makaaw-awat nga complain nga
    complain. Diaske

    Posted by COMLI2013 | December 16, 2014, 5:03 pm
  5. Unless one understand the true meaning of humility, decency especially on words used, and self respect, YOU WILL NEVER receive respect in return. Bragging, self exaltation unethical words and hatred are the most hated culprits! It’s really pity that even age full experiences does not teach man/woman lessons that makes life healthier and happier. Let the humble life of the Lord, His short stay with us be the shining example for a better life.
    Merry X’mas to all….

    Posted by TAGAMASID | December 17, 2014, 6:21 am
  6. Kaasi pay ni nanang mo Dodong nga nangmuli kenca ti sursuro, nagarapaap nga agbalinka koma nga pudno nga tao. Maasianak nga talaga ti kina piman mo- kaasi ka pay!

    Posted by TAGAMASID | December 17, 2014, 8:13 am
  7. Thanks Sysop for your action, deleting posts with unhealthy words that pollute Abra A. Com. More power…

    Posted by TAGAMMASID | December 17, 2014, 11:26 pm
  8. If you know you paid your electric bill, and they disconnect you, would you not call & ask them why?

    Posted by comli2013 | December 20, 2014, 6:28 pm
  9. I would also ask DOE, how they could be safeguarded from the whims & vagaries of the electricity market, as well as insulated from political intervention and centrifugal forces of power-grabbers in our socio-economic environment. Based on my observatiions, and hunches, I have reason to believe that they were & still are greatly involved in failed manueuverings to oust Jun Seares and the Board of Directors.

    I had a chat with GM, almost everyday since the disconnection and it saddens me to hear what he is going through since the typhoons. t

    THIS IS WHAT HE TOLD ME:
    ” it all started from an unpaid bill amounting to 16M with Aboitiz. We used our collections to carry out the rehabilitation of our distribution lines damaged by the twin typhoons that hit ABRA. Abreco is not capable of responding to the aftermath of calamities. My mandate is to provide continuous supply of electricity to the people of Abra so I have to respond and carry out the restoration of lines damaged by the twin typhoon hat hit our area of jurisdiction last September. Aboitiz is our top priority but welfare clause must override this priority, we only rely on our collections hnc the 12 M unpaid unpaid obligation that reflected in our Sept.-Oct. bill. Reports of damages has been submitted to NEA. NEA cannot extend extend its assistance because technically Abreco is stiil under the supervision of CDA. ABRECO IS STANDING IN THE SHADOW OF TAKIT. TRUTH is only my defense…

    Abreco is capable of paying its monthly bills. I have to override my priority with concept of needs…electricity is a prime commodity so I have to carry out the rehabilitation. Abreco ti gimmastos, hence our 16M arrears.

    Posted by comli2013 | December 20, 2014, 7:26 pm
    • Here you go again madam omli, TAKING THE WORD OF A THIEF FOR TRUTH. You really are smitten with the charms of jun seares. Even before the typhoon mario, ABRECO is struggling because of poor management. Remember that the woes did not start after typhoon mario. It started before 2012. The name of the typhoon is LORETO JR.
      As I have said, I am not very fond of takit too, but the people need takit to lead for the ouster of GM Seares. I prefer it better that way to save ABRECO. Takit has the obligation to see or look after the interest of the people of abra.
      Believe me madam omli, your idol GM Seares’s days at the helm of abreco are numbered and believe me too that he will be prosecuted for plunder. Once a new leadership in abreco takes over, the beans will be spilled, the true financial state of abreco will be divulged and scrutinized. I am very sure that all wrongdoing by your idol will be divulged, not unless of course if he burns abreco down to cover up himself.

      Posted by mario bang | December 20, 2014, 8:39 pm
  10. Per DOE memorandum circular No. DC 2010-08-0010, there is a standard protocol that must be followed before termination of the services. What took place was a mess of communication where Abreco could not trace the source of instruction to disconnect and when to reconnect. The actual location of the disconnected sub-transmission lines is likewise not confirmed.

    In November 20th Abreco came up with a “RESOLUTION REQUESTiNG AN EXTENSION TO COPE UP WITH THE SCHEDULED PAYMENTS PURSUANT TO APRI’S LETTER DATED 11/18/14”. (Board Resolution No. 91 Series of 2014) Unfortunately I don’t know how to copy paste…sorry

    Abreco finds it hard to reconcile with the schedule of payments because it was set in untimely fashion. Aboitiz
    has set rules that are nor feasible to Abreco. Abreco was left without any choice than to fulfill the payment
    scheme demanded by Aboitiz, Aboitiz has no room for reconsideration even just for a breathing space …none!
    Abreco had received Notices of Disconnections but they were able to avert any of the disconnections…This
    proves that Abreco is capable of paying its monthly obligation with Aboitiz, and they have successfully done it!

    Per November 24, 2014 letter from the DOE signed by one of the Directors, Atty. Patrick T. Aquino let me quote the last paragraph of his letter: “Kindly be informed that the rules for disconnection must comply with the requirements provided under the DOE Circular. In this regard, we will extend all possible assistance to ABRECO as it pays APRI”.

    LET ME MAKE IT KNOWN TO EVERYONE….Before all these, the Governor & his wife went to ABOITIZ per my sources.

    Could this have happened because of political maneuverings of those who wants to oust the GM and the old Board of Directors?

    Idolizing is not what I’m doing. I am trying to set the record straight before anyone starts calling names and involving innocent people.

    Let me show you the schedule of payments set by Aboitiz:

    Due Nov. 19…………………PHP 1,000,000.00
    Due Nov. 21…………………PHP 3,504,831.43
    Due Nov. 24…………………PHP 4,000,000.00
    Due Nov. 26…………………PHP 4,000,000.00
    Due Dec. 1………………….PHP 5,133,778.13

    All of the above were due 3:00 pm

    ABRECO paid all the above on time!

    Posted by comli2013 | December 21, 2014, 3:22 pm
  11. madam omli, it is the right of the lender to set demands and not the borrower who sets its demands. Time and again, Aboitiz has reminded Abreco of its obligations aside from the payments due but ABRECO did not fulfill this demands. ABRECO is able to pay but my god is ABRECO able to pay for its employees salaries too? And to remind you madam omli, ABRECO owes PSALM the amount of 400M and it is accruing interest monthly.

    Posted by mario bang | December 21, 2014, 7:28 pm
  12. Everybody receives REMINDER NOTICES about their bills. You can either pay the whole amount or you can always request for a payment plan. Nothing is wrong with that. APRI PROVIDES A SERVICE…THEY ARE NOT LENDERS AND ABRECO IS A CUSTOMER…THEY ARE NOT BORROWERS.

    Employees were just paid their half of their 13-month pay (Dec. 1-15, 2014) .

    As for PSALM, they had re-structured their payments for almost 2-years now…..PhP 800,000/month.

    Posted by comli2013 | December 22, 2014, 10:48 pm
    • Nea? Dim sa ammo t patpatangem comli. Ti 13th month pay sabali diay sweldo diaske. Adda 13th month pay law, nga kunana, maited nga buo on or before dec 24. Sabali ti sweldo ti dec 1 to 15 nga naoverdue payen. Diaske ketdi

      Posted by ELVIE M. | December 23, 2014, 12:54 am
  13. However the 13th month works, I don’t know. I only asked for the employees to be paid tapno n aragsak met ti paskua da, & this is what I was told.

    Posted by comli2013 | December 24, 2014, 8:19 am
  14. Sorry ah ta namuno-ak Elvie M
    I only asked for the employees to be paid tapno n aragsak da met before paskua. That is what I was told. I don’t control Abreco.

    Ammoyo ngamin seguro no tao kayo nga makisasao ken GM, sungbatan na met kayo seguro…idatag yo ngamin no siasinno kayo.
    Nia ngamin aya kabutengy

    Posted by comli2013 | December 24, 2014, 8:33 am
  15. Sorry ah ta namuno-ak Elvie M
    I only asked for the employees to be paid tapno n aragsak da met before paskua. That is what I was told. I don’t control Abreco.

    Ammoyo ngamin seguro no tao kayo nga makisasao ken GM, sungbatan na met kayo seguro…idatag yo ngamin no siasinno kayo.
    Nia ngamin aya kabutengyo?

    Posted by comli2013 | December 24, 2014, 8:35 am
  16. Taga Abra ka madim ammo?

    Posted by comli2013 | December 25, 2014, 2:16 am
    • Di pay kano makapatang ti empleyado, siak to la ketdin? Awan kano ti opisina na diay abreco. Quarters lang kano ti adda. Imbag ka pay ta makapatang mo. Malakas ka kase diaske

      Posted by ELVIE M. | December 25, 2014, 2:47 am
  17. HAhahahahahahaha I really laughed out loud when I read your post madam omli and let me quote, “Employees were just paid their half of their 13-month pay (Dec. 1-15, 2014) .”
    Madam omli, there are only 12 months in a year, so Dec. is the 12th month and not the 13th month. See, you were again taken for a ride by your idol by telling you that he has given half of the employees 13th month pay when in fact they paid the long overdue salary for Dec 1-15. Maybe there are 13 months in Hawaii and December is the 13th month hehe.
    Madam omli, ask the employees if they know how your idol looks like. Many of them have not seen your idol for a very long time.Could you talk to somebody you do not see. It is like talking to a ghost.

    Posted by Mario Bang | December 25, 2014, 11:31 pm

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