Power of none

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By Nef Luczon

Pencalibur

Monday, May 12, 2014


PERSONALLY, I have no idea if the demigods of Malacañang have heard the voices of the people of Mindanao in their frustration and disappointment due to the on-going power crisis. Sure, there are little improvements that the rotating blackouts are reduced, but still it can’t be discounted as a blackout nonetheless.

I hope the National Government truly understands the situation that Mindanao has enough energy resources and yet these were mishandled and mismanaged, and so alas, the power crisis that keeps on repeating every other decade.

“Anyare?” If we are to ask our government with that 21st century colloquial Tagalog for “what happened?”

Our country is small, it should have been easy to manage and I don’t understand why we can’t get over with issues concerning electricity – and even Internet speed. But what am I talking, we have that culture
of “PASSitivity,” instead of positivity, until one day we were at the mercy of death.

And here we have the Department of Energy led by Sec. Carlos Jericho Petilla meeting with the House Committee on Energy in a power abundant and luxurious Sulo Hotel in Quezon City, as they were discussing the power deprived situation of Mindanao. The meeting alone was at very odds, it would have been better they will set the meeting in Mindanao while power outages were ongoing so they can really feel the situation.

Representatives from Mindanao like Rufus Rodriguez (2nd Dist. Of Cagayan de Oro) and Carlos Isagani Zarate (Bayan Muna partylist), felt the meeting was of less substance as it did not offered any concrete
solutions.

What do you expect from DoE’s leadership by Petilla, who promised last year to resign if power lines in his home province of Leyte will not go back 100% as scheduled after it was ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda. But he didn’t resign anyway, as some places remained in the dark for a time after the expected schedule. Apologies to my friends in Leyte who endear the Petillas, it’s not personal, it’s just about his performance.

And here we have the no less than the President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, other than telling us people of Mindanao to pay higher rates of electricity bills than in any parts of the country, he is blaming local leaders for the crisis.

Aquino is like one of our friends out there, but a friend that we can’t trust. At times there were good points we see for running this country, at most times, there are things he make that we simply frown for the 360-degree cluelessness of what he’s doing or talking about – one obviously is Mindanao’s power situation.

Maybe he knew all of these would happen, but maybe it wasn’t his priority until many people gets affected by the issue at hand.

Much to be done in the field while they were discussing it slowly, much distress to felt by people because their leaders almost never felt their struggles. When will we ever move on to improve our society?

Until the next Pleistocene era?

[Email: nefluczon@gmail.com | nefoi.blogspot.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 12, 2014.

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