Province-wide power outage in Oriental Mindoro averted
CALAPAN CITY – A possible total power blackout in the whole province of Oriental Mindoro this week has been averted. Thanks to the timely intervention of 1st District Congressman Rodolfo G. Valencia, who coordinated with the top national officials of the National Power Corporation (NPC) regarding the seeming big power problem the province may have experienced this opening week of the new year.
In an urgent message, the president of Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative (Ormeco), Director Audel Arago, reportedly asked Congressman Valencia’s immediate help Monday (January 3) regarding the supposedly impending province-wide power outages.
Arago told Valencia that the local executives of the NPC relayed to Ormeco, the only power distributing cooperative in Oriental Mindoro, in the morning of January 3 that the said national government corporation can no longer deliver fuel to operate the two power generating units and that, NPC’s fuel stock here is good only for the next two days.
The two generating units of NPC, called as Aggreko units, are being rented by Ormeco for the former to operate and distribute electric power to more than 80% of Oriental Mindoro’s daily power needs.
Officials of Ormeco contend that this should not happen because their electric cooperative, to where all electric consumers in this province are regularly pay their bills, is updated itself in paying their power bill to NPC.
The main reason for the pending “out of fuel stock” by the NPC, according to sources, is the delay of payment by the same government agency to Pilipinas Shell of the latter’s “fuel delivery services.” And this was so because of the main NPC office fails to “return back” the funds allotted for the purpose after the local NPC office remitted them the Ormeco payments.
Ormeco officials earlier suggested that to avoid the seeming power crisis for the province, the cooperative will the one making advanced payment directly to Shell in the amount of P50 million for the latter to deliver fuel for NPC’s stock. However, the local NPC officials reportedly initially did not agree with that “payment off-setting scheme” being proposed by Ormeco for the reason that NPC top officials will not approve it.
But immediately after being apprised of the situation on Monday, the Oriental Mindoro congressman called NPC President Tampinco and asked the latter to approve of the scheme as an urgent solution to the matter, and “for the good of the people of Mindoro.”
Tampinco, for his part and after consulting with the NPC main office’s finance department, finally approved the scheme, and Ormeco advanced the P50-million payment to Shell, which in turn, released fuel for use here.
“The almost power crisis was averted, thanks to the intercession of Congressman Valencia,” echoed Ormeco Directors Arago and Platanus Suarez and General Manager Romeo Cuasay.(By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)