Solon files resolution seeking a review of NAPOCOR operations

Solon files resolution seeking a review of NAPOCOR operations

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Following the National Power Corporation Small Power Utility Group (NPC-SPUG)’s announcement of a reduction in electricity service in covered areas from February 1 onwards, deputy minority leader Rep. Mujiv Hataman of Basilan filed a resolution seeking a review of the power organization’s operations.

It may be recalled that only a few months ago a severe power outage occurred in many areas of Mindanao and Luzon and Basilan as well Hataman said.

This time, the NPC-SPUG explained that the lack of fuel supply and a delay in subsidy payment of the Universal Cost for Missionary Electrification is to blame for the reduction (UCME).

“Matagal na itong problema ng mga island-provinces tulad ng aming lalawigan sa Basilan, lagi na lang nagtitiis ang aming mamamayan sa napaka-unreliable na power service ng NAPOCOR. Naniniwala ako na dapat na itong ireview para masolusyunan,” Hataman, former governor of the now-defunct ARMM, stated.

“Hindi naman tama na tanggapin na lang namin ang aming kalagayan. Baka dapat tingnan na natin ang batas at pag-usapan ang mga solusyon sa problema ng NAPOCOR para hindi na paulit-ulit ang ganitong mga pangyayari,” he added.

The resolution requests that the relevant House of Representatives committee study the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA), with a focus on the NPC activities, SPUG’s with the goal of preventing frequent power outages in remote small island grids.

In addition to island regions like Sulu, Jolo, and even Palawan, where power outages impact tourism, he claimed that the issue also exists in Basilan.

“Lagi na lang ganito ang problema ng NAPOCOR sa mga SPUG areas nila: mataas ang presyo ng diesel, delayed ang payment sa subsidy ng UCME, may shortage sa fuel. Hanggang ngayon ba hindi pa sila natuto sa paulit-ulit na problemang ganito? Wala silang ready na solusyon tuwing mangyayari ito?” Hataman asked.

“Ni-raise na natin ito noong nakaraang budget hearing. Year in, year out, we hear the same problems. Hindi nagagawan ng paraan, walang permanenteng solusyon. Meanwhile, ang mga mamamayan ang napeperhuwisyo tuwing may kakulangan ang NAPOCOR,” he said.

(ai/mtvn)

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