APEC restores power in Albay 1st district

TABACO CITY—Tension flares as Albay Power and Energy Corporation (APEC) and Albay Electric Cooperative (ALECO) both claim to be the legitimate entity authorized to operate the electric distribution utility in the province.

APEC restores power in Albay 1st district
Photo via Herbie Aguas
In the latest development, APEC has agreed to reconnect the electrical supply in the first district of Albay after a meeting with the mayors and vice mayors of said legislative district, along with representatives of the provincial government, ALECO and APEC.

On January 8, the power supply to the first district of Albay was disconnected after members of the ALECO Labor and Employees Organization (ALEO) went to the Tabaco Substation at around 10 AM.

Photo via Ephraim de Vera
APEC Spokesperson Hezel Morallos, in an interview over Radio Veritas Legazpi, confirmed that the power was disconnected “to protect the facilities.”

The first district covers Tabaco City, and the towns of Bacacay, Malilipot, Malinao, Sto. Domingo, and Tiwi.

Meantime, the power supply to Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Albay was also disconnected.

Disconnection of the power supply of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (Photo via Ephraim de Vera)


It would be recalled that on December 22, 2014, a group calling itself the New ALECO formally declared operation.

Claiming that APEC is an “illegitimate usurper of [the] electric cooperative,” the New ALECO announced that it will perform the
functions of reconnection, troubleshooting, new connections, and collection.

On January 1, 2015, the New ALECO informed the members of ALEO that they will be employed again in the new cooperative.

The New ALECO has since began its operations, including opening offices in Tabaco City, Legazpi City, and Camalig, forming teams of linemen, and repairing a line servicing a block in Legazpi City, among others.

NEA letter

Meanwhile, APEC stands its ground that it is the legitimate entity authorized to operate the electric distribution utility.

On January 3, the corporation posted on its Facebook page APEC Advisories a letter from NEA Administrator Edita S. Bueno to Manuel Imperial, APEC General Manager.

Dated December 23, 2014, the letter reads: "Presently, SMC Global Power Holdings Corp., through its subsidiary, Albay Power and Energy Corp. (APEC) legitimately operates and manages the electric distribution system of ALECO, solely and exclusively, pursuant to the Concession Agreement mandated by the member-consumers in the 14 September 2013 Referendum conducted for the purpose.

As such, no other person, whether juridical or natural, has the authority to operate the electric distribution system in Albay except the regularly and validly constituted concessionaire thereof, namely APEC.”

Bueno explained, “At the outset, the franchise to operate and manage the electric distribution utility in the province of Albay exclusively belongs with the Albay Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ALECO), unless awarded to another by way of concession or other legal modes.”

As of the time of this writing, APEC has not made an official announcement on the developments—With report from Mark Kevin Arroco of Bombo Radyo Legazpi, BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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