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GOV WARNS CAMOTES POWER DISTRIBUTOR ON FAILED PROMISE 
By: Mylen Manto | Published Thursday, July 30, 2020
The local government units in Camotes Island have expressed their loss of trust and confidence in Camotes Electric Cooperative (CELCO) after failing to solve the power issues in the island. (Tonee Despojo)

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia assured residents of Pilar, Poro, San Francisco and Tudela towns in the Camotes group of islands that the Cebu Provincial Government will address the issue on rotating brownouts.

“Sa akong mga kaigsuonan sa Camotes, I feel you, nibati kos inyong kalisod. Maningkamot ta nga mangita og paagi unsaun ni nato pag-address,” she said during her virtual presser on Wednesday, July 29.

The Camotes Group of Islands Inter-Local Government Unit (LGU) Cooperation passed a resolution seeking to address the series of brownouts in the island. 

They expressed their “loss of trust and confidence” on the management of Camotes Electric Cooperative (CELCO), the lone electric utility that serves in Camotes.

The group adopted and endorsed resolutions of Sangguniang Barangays, Liga ng mga Barangays, and Sangguniang Bayan expressing loss of trust and confidence on the management of Camotes Electric Cooperative.

The Inter-LGU Cooperation also requested National Electric Administration (NEA) Administrator Edgardo Masongsong, through CELCO Board of Directors, to change the leadership of the said distribution company.

CELCO, through its general manager, told the Cooperation that “geckos” caused the frequent and unnecessary brownouts in the island during a meeting on May 26, 2020.

Prior to the pandemic, the governor held a series of meetings with the concerned LGUs and CELCO to address the dilemma. 

During this past meetings, CELCO committed to upgrade its power system from single-phase to three-phase electric power. However, Garcia said CELCO failed to fulfill its promise.

“The problem is not the supply. The problem is in the distribution. Kay kaning CELCO through all these years, wa pa gyud gihapon maka pa-upgrade nga dapat i-three-phase na nila ang ilang linya. Single-phase pa in most cases, mao na ang supply, ang generation three-phase pag-abot sa single-phase mo trip,” she explained. 

The governor called out the utility company for failing to deliver its commitments.

“Remember, CELCO, you gave commitments to me nga within a certain period ma three-phase nana ninyo ang mga linya. You have not delivered and in fact, ang sitwasyon sa Camotes nisamot ka grabe. So, expect some accountability from me kay duna moy gisaad nako wa ninyo tumana,” Garcia stressed. (Mylen Manto)