Davao Light and Power Company, a unit of AboitizPower Corporation, is ready to accommodate the clamor to expand its services into the Davao region.
An industry source privy to the matter told the Daily Tribune that Davao Light is open to provide its services to local government units, which are planning to leave their current power distributor Northern Davao Electric Cooperative (Nordeco).
However, the source, who requested anonymity, clarified that Davao Light is not taking over Nordeco.
Davao Light is the third largest privately-owned electric distribution utility in the country in terms of customer size and annual kWh sales.
Davao Light’s franchise area covers Davao City, areas of Panabo City, and the municipalities of Carmen, Dujali, and Santo Tomas in Davao del Norte, with a population of approximately 1.8 million and a total area of 3,561 sq. kms.
NEA investigations ongoing
The National Electrification Administration (NEA) is investigating the alleged corruption within the Nordeco, formerly called Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative, that led to inefficient delivery of power services in the province.
“The DoE (Department of Energy) has directed NEA to fast track the investigation of the complaint with the end view that actions or remedies will effectively alleviate the plight of the consumers and Member Consumer Owners, in particular,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in a text message.
Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez previously said consumers in the province are suffering due to the current electricity supply problems.
“The intermittent and disruptive power supply leads to losses of time in itself and have dire consequences. This is further marred by reports of rampant corruption and violence, as well as lack of representation or consultation of local government units in major decision-making processes,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez pointed out that the constant blackouts and poor services in the province hinder its full economic recovery amid the pandemic.