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bumuti na ba talaga situation sa Mindanao?
sana may PEXers here from Mindanao, para malaman ko kung totoo or PR lang
So far, our House Rep. Belmonte and Mayor Cruz defied and fight that this power outage was joke hence the daily rotation brownout was stop.
It was really big question why in the months of February and March why we are experiencing power interruptions yet paying us exaggerated charges.
The easy way to fix this problem is to get a foreigner with pale complexion, paler the better and put him/her as the CEO and tell them to run their mouths off in the media and see how this f@gg0t of a president bend over and offer his @$$ for a whooping.
The reason, business giants like Henry Sy are not complaining Phl having the highest electricity rates in Asia. Its the masses subsidizing big business. That's contrary to that Lopez relative and sell-out Serge Osmena's outright lie that the Gov't is the one subsidizing the people and thus the need to privatize for Lopezes' benefit the various hydroelectric dams to remove the burden from the gov't. Neoliberal economists like Winnie Monsod with husband, another sell-out Lopez puppet, also parrot that big lie, that big business is subsidizing the residential...
Read it more from here...I cannot count anymore the many articles and columns I have written over the years for OpinYon and other newspapers on the economically devastating high power cost in the Philippines; but the issue that has festered over 10 years now still plagues the country. Last week the statistics on the region’s power prices confirm again that Metro Manila has the highest overall rates in comparison to other major cities in Asia. A study made by Australian firm, International Energy Consultants, contracted by the PCCI (Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry) culled the following data from the 2011 survey of JETRO (Japan Export Trade Organization):
Manila at $0.23 per kWh (kilowatt-hour); Tokyo and Singapore at $0.20 per kWh; Sydney and Cebu at $0.19 per kWh; Colombo at $0.18 per kWh; Mumbai at $0.16 per kWh; Phnom Penh at $0.15 per kWh; Hong Kong at $0.14 per kWh; Auckland and Taipei at $0.12 per kWh; Kuala Lumpur and Karachi at $0.11 per kWh; Shenzhen and Chennai at $0.10 per kWh; and Jakarta, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and New Delhi at $0.09 per kWh.
The report also explains that even if the Philippines may only be 5th or 6th highest in the Asia in terms of business power rates, the truth is, Philippine residential consumers are the ones subsidizing commercial/industrial users.
As our colleague in the Anti-Power Plunder Group Butch Junia repeatedly points out, Philippine residential power consumers constitute 67% of Meralco’s revenues but consume only 31% of its distributed power while, inversely, the much lower priced commercial/industrial users constitute 33% of Meralco’s revenues while consuming 69% of its output.
The leading and senior member of our group Mang Naro Lualhati (who was one of those who won the P30-billion Meralco refund for consumers in 2003) charges that the giant malls owned by Filipino billionaires listed in the Fortune 500 pay as low as $0.005 per kWh compared to $0.23 per kWh for us poor ordinary folk.
The survey also confirms what our colleague Butch Junia has always stressed: That contrary to claims by Osmena of government subsidizing power rates, the reason Philippine commercial/industrial rates are not the highest in Asia yet is that these are subsidized by residential consumers, who, even while consuming only 30 percent of the Manila Electric Co.s distributed electricity, contribute to 67 percent of the power companys income by shouldering incredibly high and lopsided rates. Thats subsidy for you, Serge!
Last edited by albertus magnus; Apr 8, 2012 at 08:57 AM.
Noy tosses Mindanao power woes to local execs
By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star)
Updated April 09, 2012 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino will let local officials in Mindanao decide how to handle the power crisis at the scheduled “Power Summit” in Davao City tomorrow.
Aquino told reporters in an interview at Phnom Penh in Cambodia during last week’s 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit that he will allow the local officials to choose which solution would best suit their concerns.
The choices are hydropower plants, geothermal, or the expensive solar technology, he said.
Nuclear-power plant is already out of the question, following the March 2011 tsunami-earthquake that resulted in the meltdown of nuclear plants in Fukushima, Japan.
“Any of the solutions will have a price. These are the solutions, these are the prices that will accrue, and we are not talking in peso price,” Aquino said.
Aquino noted that hydro plants also have “issues” as against geothermal which may or may not be solved instantly. He said hydro plants – perhaps the safest – might have problems in view of “changing rain patterns” or climate change, while geothermal may also have limitations.
“They (Mindanaoans) will have to decide, what is the most tolerable for them?” he asked.
Aquino said the “price on the danger of the ecology” would also be factored in, in the same way as these solutions will also have to jibe or should be sustained with the local agriculture, tourism and economic industries.
“Of course we have the extreme options. Like not adding up more generating capacity?” he added.
Aquino said he plans to give Mindanao officials a wide array of choices on how they want to solve the power problem.
Aquino is expected to be in Davao City tomorrow, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
Valte said the President is scheduled to leave anytime this week, and is just awaiting the go-signal of Energy Secretary Rene Almendras and Mindanao Development Authority chairperson Lou Antonino.
Valte said all stakeholders in the power industry in Mindanao should help the national government solve the problem of power outages in the region.
She said officials should come up with a solution that will be practical and acceptable to all parties concerned.
Valte said this is what they expect when the Energy Summit is held in Davao City with Aquino presiding.
“What we expect from that meeting would be all should lay down the issues so that we could come up with a common ground for a solution to correct the problem,” Valte said.
Aquino has rejected calls from his allies in the House of Representatives for special powers to solve the power outage problem in Mindanao.
He said efforts were already made as early as 2010 but that it will take sometime to make the necessary repairs.
For one, power barges have been made available, but are hardly contracted due to cost.
Long-term solutions to the energy crisis in Mindanao are in place and there is no need to grant emergency powers to the President, Malacañang said.
Blend of energy sources
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Sen. Sergio Osmeña III has made clear why Mindanao is suffering from a power crisis and why residents must now pay more for electricity.
“By 2014, we already have sufficient power supply. It’s only 2012 and 2013, but those can be addressed right now with a blend of energy sources. So that’s the reason why he (Aquino) doesn’t see the need for emergency powers because in the long term, you already have those concerns addressed by 2014,” Lacierda said.
“We’re fixing the energy situation, we’re putting the power supplies. It’s just a matter of blending, at what cost will it be palatable to the people of Mindanao. So there’s a solution to that problem already and it’s a blending of costs of various sources of energy,” Lacierda said.
He added that electric cooperatives have already contracted power barges to supply additional electricity.
Osmeña said consumers in Mindanao have been “spoiled” over the last decade by subsidized power and would have to pay higher rates now that the power sector is in the “intensive care unit.”
“With respect to the power situation in Mindanao, we will be having a Mindanao summit that the President mentioned and he will be talking to the stakeholders in Mindanao,” Lacierda said.
“It’s a problem that Sen. Serge Osmeña has already outlined in his interview with the media and it shows where, what the government is doing. It also shows the cost of energy if all the sources of energy have blended in. And according to Serge Osmeña, it’s around 50 cents increase only,” Lacierda said.
Lacierda said Mindanao had been enjoying the lowest power rates because of their hydroelectric power plants, thus it was exempted from privatization under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA).
But when the Aquino administration came in, Lacierda said Secretary Almendras made an assessment about the power situation in Mindanao and met with Mindanao lawmakers.
“He (Almendras) spoke to the power producers. It was only in 2011 that new power plants were constructed,” Lacierda said. – With Paolo Romero
Expensive power deals sealed; Summit only for show — solon
The Daily Tribune
By Charlie V. Manalo
President Aquino’s convening of the Mindanao Power Summit this Friday will only be for show as agreements to jack up power rates in Mindanao and put up environmentally-hazardous coal plants were already sealed during a pre-summit meeting organized by the Department of Energy last week, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño said.
Casiño aired his apprehension upon learning that in an April 4 pre-summit meeting in Davao, Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras ordered Mindanao electric cooperatives to buy expensive power from privatized power barges at P14 kilowatt hour (kWh), with government shouldering the P9 per kWh diesel cost. Almendras also reportedly ordered local government officials to immediately approve the environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) for at least two new coal fired power plants in Mindanao.
“If that is the case then the power summit would just be a rubber stamp for DoE circular DC 2012–03-0004 which forces consumers to pay an additional 50 to 80 centavos per kWh for their electricity due to the manipulations of favored private power generators like Therma Marine, Inc. owned by the Aboitizes,” Casiño said.
“The summit is also meant to convince the people of Mindanao of the supposed need to deploy more coal-fired and diesel power plants despite Mindanao’s abundance in clean and renewable energy sources,” he lamented.
The lawmaker said he found it strange that government is willing to subsidize diesel power at P9 per kWh when it would be cheaper and sustainable to subsidize solar and other renewable energy sources.
“Is there a conspiracy to ram fossil-fuel power as the solution? Would this not reduce the power summit to a farce, giving Mindanao consumers no choice but to stick to more expensive, dirty, non-renewable power?” mused the solon.
Casiño also accused the DoE of blackmail for saying that Mindanaoans have to pay for expensive, fossil-fuel based power or nothing at all.
“What makes Mindanao different from Visayas and Luzon is its rich potential for renewable energy — from solar, hydro, geothermal to biomass. Why not tap these instead of the more expensive and dirty fossil fuel technologies?” he stressed.
He described the impact of the government’s solution as heavy. “In terms of price, its P50-P80 additional for those who consume 100 kWh per month, P100-P160 for those who consume 200 kWh and so forth. This is on top of the approved increase by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for Napocor generation rates” said Casiño.
Notwithstanding the possible risks, government should mull over all available options to address the creeping power supply shortage crisis, including the use of nuclear power as a long-term solution, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said, meanwhile, as he urged Malacañang to consider the said option while cautioning against the possibility of the power supply problem in Mindanao evolving into a national crisis if allowed to worsen.
“Many are frightened (of nuclear power) but other countries have been benefiting from this source of power, we have to take risks at some point,” he said.
“Now, nuclear power has the technology that is safe. We have to take a chance because nothing in this life is without risk,” he said.
The Senate chief noted the numerous apprehensions raised over the hazards posed by operating a nuclear power plant in the country.
But the government must do what needs to be done to immediately address the power supply problem, he stressed.
“Nothing will happen if it is all talk, we need to do the right thing to give a solution to the power problem,” Enrile pointed out.
As an initial solution to cut the supply gap in Mindanao, Enrile agreed with Sen.r Serge Osmeña III’s suggestion to deploy power barges to augment the remaining generating plants that are operating while concerned agencies move to repair and rehabilitate existing power plants on the island.
Enrile also brushed aside proposals from some lawmakers to grant President Aquino emergency powers to deal with the situation.
“That is outrageous (emergency power proposals). The President holds many powers as Chief Executive,” Enrile said.
“He can borrow money (to repair or build new plants), or negotiate contracts that are needed to address the problem,” he said.
PNoy to Mindanao residents: pay higher power rates or live with brownouts
13-Apr-12, 4:57 PM | Chichi Conde and Jefry Tupas, InterAksyon.com
Davao City – President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said Mindanao residents have only two options: pay higher power rates or live with the rotating brownouts.
Aquino, in his keynote speech during the Mindanao Power Summit, said the people of Mindanao must “put in (their) fair share” in solving the power shortage problem by paying “a little more.”
“You have to pay more because this is the reality of economics, not the rhetoric of politics. Everything has its price,” he said.
“You have to pay a real price for a real service. There are only two choices: pay a little more for energy, or live with the rotating brownouts,” the President added.
Aquino said Mindanao residents need to realize that “the old days of cheap power are no longer sustainable.”
“I understand some cooperatives are paying an additional fifty to sixty centavos per kilowatt hour — this is in contrast to certain quarters who prefer to sow intrigue rather than to face the facts; and who chose to alarm the public by extravagant claims of Mindanaoans having to pay up to 14 pesos more per kilowatt hour. This is simply not true,” he said.
“But, still, prices will increase; and you need to play your part. Ambag ambag tayo dito (We all have to pitch-in here),” Aquino added.
Meanwhile, Davao del Norte Goveror Rodolfo del Rosario on Friday raised fears that the insistence by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation to privatize the power facilities in Mindanao, including the Agus-Pulangi hydropower plants, might result in a monopoly in the industry.
“Baka ma-kartel lang tayo (This could result in a cartel)...control in the hands of the few,” Del Rosario told reporters.
The governor cautioned against embracing privatization because its perceived advantages usually do not materialize.
“We always say that privatization will help because of efficiency, because of cheaper cost of operating. But technically, these are not happening. I guess there has to be a combination of private and public. I agree with the principle of the President when it comes to power—less for private and more on public. That kind of partnership,” said Del Rosario.
Meanwhile, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)-Mindanao said that the power summit would only yield band-aid solution to the problem.
“The Aquino government, despite of its intention to resolve the crisis, can and will never have the rightful solution to the power crisis in Mindanao, because it cannot defy the dictates of its imperialist master and its big bourgeois comprador accomplices,” said Jorge Madlos, spokesperson of NDFP-Mindanao.
Foreign monopoly capitalists will always make “certain that any threat to their established dominance in Mindanao’s power market and industry will be thwarted," according to Madlos.
He said the Electric Power Industry Reform Act, passed during the Ramos administration is the culprit because it was instrumental in putting the power industry under the control of a few private companies such as those owned by the groups of Sy, Aboitiz, Alcantara-Dominguez, and Lopez.
“They have control over the generation and distribution of power in the island. The obviously contrived power shortage in the island works in favour of satisfying the insatiable lust of these groups for profit, at the very expense of the people,” Madlos said.
Even if Pnoy doesn't know YET how to solve the problem, at least he knows its cause -- GMA.
BNPP was forcefully close because meraclo lopez group would want to operate its own power plant and dictate its own power rates....
lopez is trying to do it all again in mindanao trying to shut down or buy the iligan agus hydro electric power plant and thus dictate the power rates on mindanao
Abnoynoy et al. are not clueless about the Mindanao power crisis. instead, their recent manifestations prove that they are in cahoots with the oligarchs who control the power sector- the Lopezes, the Aboitizes and the Salims (via MVP)- and are behind the ARTIFICIAL power crisis in Mindanao. the power crisis in Mindanao is ARTIFICIAL because Abnoynoy and oligarchs are trying to force the people of Mindanao to pay for more expensive electricity so that they can earn more from it.
g-guhan na ito! the people of Mindanao must be outraged by this!
iboto ang lineup ng LP sa darating na 2013 halalan.
tungo sa maunlad at maliwanag na kinabukasan.
welcome to the real world Mindanao
yung Visayas kaya kailan?
i feel so sorry for my fellow filipinos with a lowlife scumbag family like cojuanco/aquino running the country stealing from people that are already poor.
napigilan ko po, este natin ang brownout sa mindanao.
kawawang Mindanao... kontrolado na kayo malamang ng oligrachs
Iniisa-isa na ng mga oligarchs ang Pilipinas. Hindi magtagal, kontrolado na nila ang buong Pilipinas