By Ayan C. Mellejor
Electric cooperatives officials took turns, on Saturday, in criticizing the power industry’s big three – the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) and the National Power Corp. (NPC)—for their “sluggish response” in restoring full power supply in areas devastated by typhoon Pablo, particularly Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Sur.
By Germelina Lacorte
Mindanao consumers, business and political leaders, expressed disgust and disappointment over President Aquino’s response to the power crisis in Mindanao and then blamed the privatization of the country’s power assets as the root cause of their woes.
Households consuming 200 kilowatts of electricity a month may expect an P8 increase in their bills after the National Power Corp. (Napocor) was allowed to raise its generation rates nationwide, according to a power company official.
State-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. has finally set off the bidding process for the sale of its four diesel-fired Power Barges 101, 102, 103 and 104, hopefully marking the resumption of the long-stalled privatization activities of the government.