DOE ASSURES ECS DUE PROCESS IN PERFORMANCE REVIEW
Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi assures electric cooperatives (ECs) of the objectivity of their performance review, which seeks to identify the problems besetting troubled cooperatives.
"There will be due process for all ECs. Our priority is to address the root causes of their problems and help in their rehabilitation so they may provide the quality of services consumers in their franchise areas truly deserve," he emphasized.
Sec. Cusi warned, however, that for those extremely dire cases, the government could no longer ignore the negative impact on citizens. Other reasonable and legal options, as provided in Republic Act 10531 or the National Electrification Administration Law must be considered.
There are 17 ECs that have been chronically failing to provide satisfactory services required by their electric distribution franchise. Said ECs are DANECO (Davao del Norte), ALECO (Albay), BASELCO (Basilan), CASURECO III (Camarines Sur), FICELCO (Catanduanes), LASURECO (Lanao), MASELCO (Masbate), OMECO (Occidental Mindoro), ORMECO (Oriental Mindoro) , PALECO (Palawan), PELCO (Pampanga), SULECO (Sulu), and ZAMCELCO (Zamboanga).
For many years, residents of these areas have been complaining of persistent and unresolved brownouts caused by some ECs' heavy debts and failure to pay for their power supply.
It may be recalled that even President Duterte himself publicly expressed his dissatisfaction over the poor electric services in Palawan and Masbate.
"We trust that ECs in these problem areas will cooperate with the DOE's constructive efforts to get to the heart of their long running problems. We will work with the ECs in creating and implementing viable solutions for the benefit of their consumers," Sec. Cusi concluded.
Villar opens 5.8-km protected bike lane along Laguna Lake Highway
Thursday, February 7, 2019
In an effort to provide a safer road for cyclists, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has opened a separate 5.58-kilometer bicycle lane facility along the stretch of Laguna Lake Highway in Taguig City.
Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar, together with Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano and Vice Mayor Ricardo Cruz Jr. led the inauguration of the 3-meter wide bicycle lane on Thursday, February 7, 2019, three (3) months after completing the 4-lane Laguna Lake Highway in November 2018.
“It is our priority to build safe roads and bridges that will also cater to bikers and pedestrians, hence the inclusion of protected bike lanes and sidewalk spaces in our new projects,” said Secretary Villar.
“The bike lane along Laguna Lake Highway is protected by a 2-meter planting strip to make cycling safe and comfortable for everyone,” added Secretary Villar.
Aimed to open up transportation, recreation, and health opportunities, the bike lane component was added to the 6.94-kilometer Laguna Lake Highway which was constructed to serve as an alternative route to EDSA and C-5.
DPWH has allocated P1.28-billion for the construction of Laguna Lake Highway, including the bicycle lane with provisions of street lights and road safety signages.
Laguna Lake Highway also features 1.5-meter sidewalks on both sides for pedestrian and an elevated dike to protect the people against flooding. The road can also be used as a temporary evacuation area during the occurrence of floods because of its high elevation.
Also present at the opening of bike lanes were DPWH National Capital Region Director Ador Canlas, DPWH Priority Projects Committee Head Melvin Navarro and DPWH Human Resource and Administrative Service Director Michael Villafranca.