By RIGOR ZABALA
By Rigor Zabala
The more than 100,000 Members-Consumers-Owners (MCOs) of Northern Davao Electric Cooperative (Nordeco) are coming out in full force to deliver in the May 9 election, a resounding “No!” to the reelection bids of Davao del Norte First District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez and Governor Edwin Jubahib.
The revenge ‘Nordeco Vote’ is electrified by efforts of Alvarez and Jubahib to cancel the franchise of Nordeco and turn over operation of the 60-year old cooperative to Davao Light and Power Company of power giant Aboitiz Group.
Nordeco and the MCOs vehemently opposed the take-over with a position paper signed by the MCOs against the power grab.
Former House Speaker Alvarez of the opposition party Reporma authored the House bill that would give Davao Light , which already has a franchise covering Davao del Norte’s Second District, the right to operate in the province’s First District. Jubahib was behind a signature campaign calling to disenfranchise Nordeco.
The Nordeco Vote would come as a fatal blow to the reelection bids of Alvarez and Jubahib who are facing opposition from candidates of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) of vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
The reelection of Alvarez, former ally turned foe of President Rodrigo Duterte, is facing an uphill battle against Tristan Aala (HNP); first termer Jubahib is gunning for reelection contested by veteran politician Board member Roy Catalan.
January 7, 2022, NORDECO, Inc. offered a prayer for strength, wisdom, and guidance to all Electric Cooperatives (ECs) as a protest against all injustices to and unfair treatment of all ECs.
Moreover, the employees also offered a prayer to our late General Manager, Mario Angelo M. Sotto who already joined our Creator. His sudden loss fuels NORDECO to continue and keep on with the fight to protect and preserve the rights and gains of rural electrification towards sustainable development.
NORTHERN Davao Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Nordeco) confirmed the passing of its general manager, Mario Angelo “Dodong” Sotto, on Thursday, January 6. He was 53.
Sotto had “touched so many lives with his bright personality, his will to change lives, and his passion and mission to make a difference, “ Nordeco posted this line on Facebook Thursday noon, as it confirmed the demise of its top official.
“Your Northern Davao Electric Cooperative, Inc. family will always remember you and we will continue to live up to your words to do our best in all ways [sic],” Nordeco said in its post. READ MORE
Slam House Bill No. 09978 granting power giant an expanded franchise
TAGUM CITY—Protests have snowballed against the granting of the congressional franchise to the Aboitiz-owned Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC), which is expanding its operation to six towns and two cities in Davao del Norte and Davao de Oro provinces.
Mario Angelo Sotto, general manager of the Northern Davao Electric Cooperative Inc. (Nordeco), and Engr. Emmanuel Galarse, Nordeco supervisor who helped unify the electric cooperative’s feuding factions two years ago, said in a position paper that granting the franchise to DLPC through House Bill No. 09978 would double the electric rates of households in its distribution charges.
A manifesto, signed by 94,000 Nordeco members, said the privatization of the areas covered by the DLPC franchise application would adversely affect the national government’s Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) and deprive more than 600 still-to-be-energized sitios under Nordeco operation.
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OPLAN BALIK ESKWELA ON WHEELS AT ASUNCION
181 school bags and school supplies provided by SMCPC were given to the residents of Sitio Rizal particularly the students of Rizal Integrated School in Binancian, Asuncion, Davao del Norte during the NORDECO’s OPLAN BALIK ESKWELA ON WHEELS last October 15,2021.
Present in the event were Mayor Eufracio Dayaday Jr., School Head Eugene Divinagracia, ISD Manager Marilou R. Impuesto,Area 3 Services Head Ferdinand Giangan and NCECCO Barangay Chairperson Mary Ann Arnejo.
Aside from the school supplies, the residents of Sitio Rizal were also beneficiaries of food packs on the Community Pantry On Wheels program.
In a message given by Mayor Dayaday, he emphasized that NORDECO, Inc. provides these kind of programs to the Member-Consumer-Owners as its way of giving back to the people as it doesn’t only distributes electricity but also conducts social activities that people shall benefit.
Moreover, he stands firm in his decision against Privatization of the EC and he urged the people to believe in facts.Programs by the EC like Oplan Balik Eskwela is part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Electric Coop aims to distribute school supplies, alcohol, multivitamins and provide free school wiring inspection in the public schools within the franchise area.