CAGAYAN DE ORO

Elipe wants probe on Villanueva residents being denied power connections

MISAMIS Oriental provincial board member President Elipe on Monday, January 28, wants the energy committee to probe the supposed non-issuance of clearance from the Villanueva town hall for electric connection of some 10 households in Barangay Katipunan.

In their letter dated January 16, the residents were asking for help that they be given the clearance so the electric distribution utility can give them electric meter and power connection.

"Kami naghangyo sa dugay na namong gimulo sa among panuga kay kami dili man tagaan sa munisipyo bisan ang among barangay naghatag na sa construction clearance apan nagmakuli gihapon ang munisipyo pag-approve sa maong clearance," reads part of their letter.

Elipe said the clearance is a necessary document for the application for electric connection.

"Before ka makutayan sa kuryente naa may requirements like clearance and endorsements from the LGU. Matud pa nila wala daw giaksyonan sa munisipyo ang ilang hangyo sa dugay na nga panahon," Elipe said.

Elipe said the investigation will, in a way, resolve the problem of residents in the area.

He said all the parties involved will be invited to the committee investigation so they can shed light on the issue.

"We are hoping that in this investigation atong makuha ang side sa Villanueva kay unfair man pud sa ila," Elipe said.

"Diri mahibal-an unsay bikil ug problema ngano wala pa mataga-i sa clearance kay basin makatabang ang Sanggunian," he added.

Elipe also wants the electric distribution utility to explain if there are other options should the town refuse to issue the necessary documents for the application of electric connection.

"Gusto nato mahibal-an sad if there's another way nga makasuga sila if mobalibad gyud ang munisipyo," Elipe said.

"We have to take cognizance on this kay 10 baya ni ka households and lisod baya walay kuryente," he added.

During its regular session on Monday, the capitol's legislative body referred the matter to the committee on energy so the investigation could begin.


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