Jargons that damned us all

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By Nef Luczon


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WE WERE quite at east when Cagayan Power and Light Company (Cepalco) now seldom imposes rotational brownouts except Monday night when Divisoria was hit and again, most business establishments in the area had to close shop. But alas, it rained a bit but that would be more than enough to quench the dryness everyone felt this hot season.

While the power issue is not even on its halfway getting any concrete solutions, there arose confusing stories and version – of terms and protocols – when it comes to the power game in the power sector.

That is why sadly why Cepalco and other power distributors in Mindanao were the easy targets from the consumers’ ire because of the blackouts, when in fact; there is deeper reason and more complex than just what we pay on our electric bills.


But can common people learn actually and understand of what’s going on around between those electric posts in their corner of the street and the appliances they have been using in the house?

The term “Mindanao Grid” and “Power Barges” alone are hard to decipher for the ordinary Juan and its divine purpose, how much if the government passed a law such as “Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira)” and “Interim Mindanao Energy Market,” then we have all our brains wondered how what kind of animals these are.

It is just like how little do we really understand the terms being used in our weather forcasting, we learned it the hard way after supertyphoon Yolanda came. On terminologies, functions, and divine purposes of these words – what do we really know?


The call for the passage of Freedom of Information Bill is getting more aggressive. Before, it was just an online petition making waves at the social media platforms but on May 14, multi-sectoral groups are now planning the petition on the field where they will solicit signatures to the people. Hopefully there is a legitimate organization/s to cater the signing of petition in Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao region for I can’t wait my pen to blot my initials on that paper.

The formal petition position was written on July 21 and in Filipino Language and it’s addressed to President Aquino and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte – because the Senate version has been passed, while the House of Representatives appears to be dilly-dallying it, let me share you to its excerpts: “Kami, mga indibidwal na mamamayang Pilipino mula sa loob at labas ng bansa, at mga kinatawan ng ibat ibang organisasyon, ay lumiliham sa inyo upang manawagan na maisabatas na ang People's Freedom of Information Act na napakatagal nang nakabimbin sa Kongreso. Sa apat na taon ng inyong pamunuan ay naabot na ang mataas na antas ng pagkakasundo sa mahahalagang probisyon ng FOI. Sa aming pagkakaalam, nasagot na ng mga pangunahing bersyon sa House, gayundin ng bersyong naipasa ng Senado, ang mga isyu ng Pangulo gaya ng proteksyon sa national security at executive privilege, sa paraang hindi naiko-kompromisa ang karapatan ng mamayan sa impormasyon. Sa kabila nito, ang hamon pa rin ay ang maisakatuparan ang pangakong pagsasabatas ng FOI. Umaasa kami, bilang mamamayan, na ang mga pahayag ng suporta sa FOI mula sa Executive at mula kay Speaker ay maisasalin sa konkreto at pinag-ibayong aksyon. Kasama nito ang pagbilang sa FOI sa pinagsamang mga prayoridad ng Executive at Kongreso, at pagtakda ng timetable sa pagpasa nito. Gayundin, sana ay mapakilos ang kaukulang mga ahensya at komite para isulong ang mabilis na pag-galaw ng pagsasabatas sa darating na sesyon ng Kongreso, at makipag-ugnayan sa Senado para pag-isahin ang huling balangkas ng FOI. Maraming salamat.”

Let’s all sign this petition when it arrives in Cagayan de Oro hopefully.

The petition page is now accessible at https://www.change.org/TayoNaParaSaFOI.


(Email: nefluczon@gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 14, 2014.


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