AFTER facing the Sangguniang Panlalawigan last week, managers of the three Iloilo Electric Cooperatives (ILECO) will meet Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. on June 30, 2017 to shed light on the issue of brownouts in the province.
Defensor said he wants to be enlightened as to the claims of the customers on the alleged poor services provided by the power cooperatives.
The governor said the meeting might lead to the formulation of solutions that will address the problems on power interruptions.
“These recurring problems of ILECO will not be resolved unless we truly understood them. We have an idea but we want to find out possible solution and recommendation,” he said.
During the SP session on June 6, the managers claimed that 80 percent of unscheduled power interruptions in the province is caused by vegetation or trees obstructing their lines.
Defensor said it should be clarified as to whose responsibility it is to cut or trim trees along the power lines.
“Sin-o gid bala ang may poder dira? Kag kun indi magpasugot ang tag-iya ano ang ubrahon sang ILECO?” he said.
The managers also blamed geckos and other reptiles which are affecting their lines.
But the governor said he wants to find out whether these justifications are true or only an alibi.
“Mabal-an ta na kun matuod ina. Basi balibad lang man na,” he said.
Defensor said he might request the congressmen to file a remedial legislation on electric cooperatives law.
“So that this could reach the attention of the National Electrification Administrations and we would know the problems besetting the electric cooperatives in the country,” he said.