Albay SP passes resolution urging APEC to restore power connection in some barangays

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Albay (SPA) has passed a resolution urging the Albay Power and Energy Corporation (APEC) to restore power connection in certain barangays and improve its services.

Albay Vice Governor Edcel Grex Lgman said that the SPA, as the highest policy making legislative body in the province, has taken a firm and categorical stand against the flawed and unjustified policy of APEC in continuously undertaking its “community- and/or barangay-wide electric service disconnection”

“The SPA has done this via a strongly-worded resolution which was unanimously approved yesterday in open session. APEC has promised to pursue its arbitrary and unlawful policy that does not distinguish between paying consumers who are updated in their electric bill payments as opposed to those who are delinquent payors and have arrears —- as both will have their power disconnected,” Lagman said.

“It has also undertaken and will continue to undertake this despite the order of the Department of Energy to reconnect the disconnected electricity service to paying consumers,” he added.

Meanwhile, Lagman also said that the SPA is calling on the eighteen sanggunians of the province composed of the three Sanggunian Panlungsods and the fifteen Sanggunian Bayans to adopt a similar position.

“The SPA believes that we must be united in this fight against the oppressive practices of a corporation providing electricity services to the whole province. We should be one in this fight as APEC has stated that the barangays in the second and third districts of Albay will soon suffer the same fate as the barangays in the first district,” said the Vice Governor.

“APEC has been hiding behind its flimsy ‘corporate shield’ argument wherein it wrongly assumes that the DOE has no jurisdiction over it. It also continues to forget that it’s providing a service imbued with public interest,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lagman lauded the City of Tabaco for filing a Petition for Prohibition against APEC which was filed last 21 June 2021.

“All LGUs must be made aware that under the Local Government Code, their respective Local Chief Executives have the power to sue APEC on behalf of their aggrieved constituents,” he said.

“Thank you, Board Members Melissa Arias Abadeza, Rey Bragais, Dante Arandia, Neil Luna Montallana, Eva Ribaya and Vic Ziga Jr. for your inputs on this issue. Thanks as well to all BMs who supported this resolution as co-authors. Mabuhay ang SPA.” he added.