No referendum for 2 Daneco factions

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

THE two factions of the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Daneco) -- the Daneco-Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and Daneco-National Electrification Administration (NEA) -- have decided not to push through with a referendum, an official said.

Maria Lourdes D. Lim, National Economic Development Authority-Davao (Neda 11) regional director, told reporters Thursday during the Media Partnership Forum that based on the information that was given to them, the leaders and officials of Daneco-CDA and Daneco-NEA have forgone the referendum because of the long process that it will take.

She added that having the plebiscite will require the whole franchise of Daneco that covers Davao del Norte and portions of Compostela Valley.


"Rather, they would go for the option of coming up with a win-win solution wherein they will find a desirable institutional arrangement," she said.

Lim said she will no longer divulge details because the electric cooperative will reveal it any time soon.

She said the decision came after the leaders of both factions met with Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla three weeks ago.

"They will be coming out to the public anytime soon. They are still working out the details of the win-win solution," she said.

The long conflict between the two factions has caused problems in their franchise area. For example, the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) is facing an impending power crisis because up until now the island's 30-year-old submarine cable, which supplies power to the island, has not been replaced due to the conflict.

Earlier, Igacos city administrator Cleto Bravo Gales Jr. said that as a result, a draft of the memorandum of agreement has already been made between Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) and Daneco for the transfer of service operations and was supposed to be sent to the central office of NEA for approval.

However, Gales said it was never acted upon after NEA found out that "some people within Daneco were working for the emancipation of Daneco from NEA to become a registered full-fledged coop under CDA."

"The politics between Daneco-NEA and Daneco-CDA is holding hostage the MOA between Daneco and DLPC," he said.

Also there are reports that consumers are paying both to Daneco-CDA and Daneco-NEA resulting to double payments and confusion among consumers.

Last year, Petilla met with the two groups in a Daneco-DOE dialogue held on August 2013. The dialogue concluded with the secretary saying that Daneco-NEA will be the recognized management of Daneco. He also ordered an immediate accounting and auditing for both parties.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 04, 2014.

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