Protest vs Albay electric co-op kicks off Monday

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LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Militant groups led by Karapatan-Albay and the Albay Electric Cooperative (ALECO) multi-sectoral stakeholders’ organization (AMSSO) staged a protest rally Monday morning opposing the planned privatization of the financially ill electric cooperative.

Vince Casilihan, spokesperson of human rights group Karapatan-Albay, in a phone interview, said the protest action launched on Monday aims to persuade members of the ALECO Interim Board led by Bishop Joel Baylon of the the Legazpi Diocese and the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to drop their plan to privatize the cooperative and place it under the government’s Private, Public Partnership (PPP) program.

Casilihan said “this protest action will be followed by series of weekly rallies until such a time they (ALECO board) should have changed their minds about privatizing it.”

Hundreds of protesters converged at the Peñaranda Park at 8:30 a.m. Monday and marched to the Bishop Palace for a short program and proceed to the ALECO office in the city to protest and demand for rejection of the privatization plan.

ALECO, which is under the supervision of NEA, will hold a pre-bid conference Monday to look into the proposals of private corporations interested to invest and buy out the cooperative.

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  • Scar Mind

    privatize na yan wala naman ng yayari dyan. mga empleyado ng aleco puro tarantado.

  • buttones

    ALL electric co-operatives are financially ill, mine has to borrow money from the Province to pay for it’s diesel bill. They are run by idiots.

  • Karabkatab

    Since when did the issue on electricity business became a matter of human rights? Kung ano anong kauragan na sana an. Marhay kun may mabakal kan aleco na an, palabaw an utang. Pigpapara daraya pa kan mga big time consumers. BTW, did the bigtime electric pilferers paid their dues already? I’ve read in the local tabloids that one hotel owned by a Cong was caught with jumpers? Santisima congressman!!!

    • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

      Syempre, nakikisakay lang sa inyu yang Karapatan para kunware maka-masa.

  • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

    Most (not all) electric cooperatives in the Philippines are heavily politicized and badly managed kaya baon sa utang and service is poor. Makikita niyo naman yan sa taas ng system loss and frequency ng brownouts.

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