LEGAZPI CITY, July 31 (PNA) -– Now the good news.
Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal, president of the Albay Mayors League, told the Philippines News Agency at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday that Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla had promised to restore power connection to Albay at 5 p.m.
In an effort to bring back power in Albay, the center of trade and seat of regional government in Bicol, the Albay Mayors League and the three congressmen in the province worked together to settle the P39 million remaining balance of the P56 million obligation to the Power Electricity Market Corp., Rosal said.
The three congressmen are Fernando Gonzalez (3rd District), Al Francis Bichara (2nd District) and Grecon “Grex” Lagman (1st District).
The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines cut off power supply to Albay Tuesday for failure of the Albay Electric Cooperative to settle its obligation to the PEMC for the month of June.
“We have done our best to restore the power in Albay today because we cannot wait for another day or Friday as this is badly affecting our economy,” Rosal said, “and fortunately, Secretary Petilla approved the power reconnection on or before 5 p.m. today. "
Rosal met Wednesday morning with Aleco project supervisor Veronica Briones at her office where he handed over a letter signed by him and Gonzalez appealing to the National Electrification Administration to facilitate the release of a loan amounting to P36 million to Aleco.
The amount will be used as payment for the balance of the current billing from PEMC covering the period May 26 to June 25.
“We appeal to you for your assistance to further avoid chaos and huge economic loss in the province of Albay. On behalf of our league members in Albay and honorable congressmen, we will do our best to assist Aleco in their collection performance and any plan and for long-term solution to its gargantuan past obligations,” the league and the lawmakers said in their letter to NEA administrator Edita Bueno.
As Rosal was having a meeting with Briones, Petilla called up Rosal where the two officials discussed the possible restoration of energy supply in Albay. (PNA) HBC/FGS/RBB/CBD