Aquino wants power restored in Pablo-hit Davao Oriental

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Monday, February 24, 2014

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III became irked on Monday upon learning that a huge part of Davao Oriental has no supply of power yet since Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) hit the area in December 2012.

Aquino visited Cateel, Davao Oriental to see for himself the reconstruction efforts that have been ongoing in the area since the tragedy struck the place.

In his speech, the President said that he just inquired with Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla and National Electrification Administration (NEA) Administrator Edita Bueno on the failure to re-energize some villages in the province.

"Tinawagan ko ho dahil ako'y nagulat na bakit meron pa palang lugar dito na hindi naibabalik ang kuryente? Tapos ang sagot sa akin ay meron na hong pending request ang NEA; sagot ng DBM (Department of Budget and Management) wala ho sa amin ‘yung request. Tinatanong ko ngayon ang DOE (Department of Energy): Nasaan ba talaga ‘yang request na 'yan? Buti pa sa tagal ng beses kong tinanong sa inyo ito, bago ako umalis sa Cateel kailangan ko ng sagot na matino at maayos," he said.

"At talaga naman ho, alam ho nila tayo'y bihira po mawalan ng pasensya, 'wag sana nilang subukan," the President added.

Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malayaon reported to Aquino that until now, 24 barangays or 57 percent of her province are still not re-energized after Pablo. (SDR/Sunnex)

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