By Artemio A. Dumlao
La Trinidad, Benguet (December 16, 2014) – Rage has ensued over a three-hour blackout Monday noon after an alleged communication lapse between the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the Aboitiz Power Renewables Inc. (APRI).
Power for the whole of Abra province went off at exactly 12 noon Monday after APRI did not notify NGCP that it is deferring its disconnection notice for (today) Monday, said NGCP spokesperson Lilibeth Gaydowen.
The Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco) paid its remaining P5.13M obligation at 10AM Monday but still APRI disconnected us two hours after, said Loreto Seares Jr., general manager of the power cooperative.
NGCP said the unfortunate incident was already in the hands of the power supplier APRI and the distributor Abreco.
Abra rep. Ma Jocelyn Bernos said “although the transaction between APRI, NGCP and Abreco is purely a private concern, power supply is a basic necessity and I cannot sit and do nothing with the present issue.” I will see to it, the Abra lawmaker said, “that Abreco continues lighting the province and for that I will constantly monitor (the issue).”
APRI however has terminated its amended Power Supply Agreement (PSA) with Abreco last November 4, 2014, the power supplier’s spokesperson Ria Calleja said. She explained that in its letter to the cooperative, APRI explained that the continued non-compliance of Abreco to the definitive terms has forced the company to terminate its amended PSA.
A disconnection was scheduled then but APRI agreed to defer as per the request of the DOE, Calleja continued.
A disconnection was last scheduled for Dec 10, however, again, APRI rescheduled the same for December 15.
APRI is no longer a supplier of Abreco, Calleja declared.
“We are demanding an explanation, said Abreco general manager Seares, who took concern over the suffering of over 40,000 consumer-members of the power cooperative and the province’s economy caused by Monday’s incident.
In a letter by Seares to APRI, Abreco complained that despite their communication lines kept open between them, NGCP, the “damaging” disconnection was implemented. “If it all boils down to a miscommunication or delayed protocol between APRI and NGCP, then we implore you to give us an official explanation to curtail further damage to our coop’s standing in the eyes of our member-consumers who are already bombarded with alarming misinformation.” Seares added that APRI should “help us straighten the record in the midst of the confusion and panic in Abra.”***Artemio A. Dumlao***