Groups call on DavNor guv to respect Nordeco’s franchise coverage

Groups call on DavNor guv to respect Nordeco’s franchise coverage

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte - A coalition that is against the proposed measure expanding the franchise coverage of the Davao Light and Power Company (Davao Light) to other parts of Davao del Norte serviced by North Davao Electric Cooperative (Nordeco), called on Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib to respect Nordeco's existing franchise.

The Coalition Against Privatization of Electric Cooperatives (CAPECs) on Labor Day Monday, May 1, in Tagum City staged a "walk and street dancing" rally in solidarity to Nordeco's current issue.

At 7 a.m., the members-consumer-owners of Nordeco and members of CAPECs started the activity with some individuals wearing gowns and other costumes.

The program was immediately followed by a Mass at the QACS Gymnasium, along with other programs staged by CAPECs within the day.

During the parade, they carried tarpaulins with someone writing, "Gov. Jubahib respitoha ang franchise sa Nordeco nga girespito ni Pres. Bongbong Marcos (Gov. Jubahib respect the Nordeco franchise, which was respected by Pres. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos)."

It can be remembered that Marcos, nearly a month after assuming the presidency, vetoed House Bill No. 10554, which would expand the coverage area of the Davao Light to the cities of Tagum and the Island Garden City of Samal and the towns of Talaingod, Asuncion, Kapalong, San Isidro and New Corella in Davao del Norte. The areas are currently serviced by North Davao Electric Cooperative (Nordeco), which has been criticized by key officials in the province and some of its member-consumer-owners (MCOs) due to frequent brownouts and poor service.

With this, the electric cooperative called on Jubahib to respect the decision of the President to retain the franchise of Nordeco Inc. in some towns in the provinces of Davao del Norte and Davao de Oro.

According to CAPECs, the coalition condemned "in its strongest possible term" the issue of conflict of interest movement by alleged government officials.

"As a Coalition, the CAPECs condemns, in its strongest possible term, this conflict of interest movement by these government officials on attacking the government's implementing arm in the rural electrification program," CAPECs said in its official statement.

CAPECs added that Jubahib should promote a dialogue with the electric cooperative to help the ongoing improvement of Nordeco Inc.'s service programs for its members-consumers-owners.

Jubahib, meanwhile, said in his official statement that he was really disappointed with Nordeco and the CAPECs' action for their continued opposition to the proposed expansion of Davao Light.

"I must express my profound disappointment and utter indignation towards the actions of Nordeco and the Coalition Against Privatization of Electric Cooperatives (CAPECs). Their unyielding opposition to the proposed expansion of Davao Light is nothing short of shortsighted and self-serving," he said.

The governor also said that the rally was a deception and a mockery.

"Today’s rally staged by Nordeco and CAPECs here in Tagum City is nothing but a sham and a mockery of the true spirit of the May 1 Labor Day movement," Jubahib said.

Jubahib added that the continued opposition to the expansion of Davao Light by Nordeco and CAPECs officials only hinders progress and development that the public desperately needs.

"The continued opposition to the expansion of Davao Light by Nordeco and CAPECs only serves to hinder the progress and development that our people desperately need," the governor said. JPC

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