The Provincial Board (PB) wants the Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) to penalize its independent power producers (IPPs) for their failure to improve their services in the province and to prevent blackouts.
The Board said the IPPs should also compensate member-consumers affected by the power interruptions.
In a privilege speech on Tuesday, Board Member Cesario Benedito Jr. said PALECO has been blaming the power outages to tree branches or animals hitting lines but is not really effective to end the dilemma.
But finger pointing between the power firm and their IPP is really happening, he said.
“Kapag nagkaroon ng brown-out ay pinapaliwanag naman ni PALECO but ang sisisihin ay ang IPPs pero kapag IPPs ang hihingian ng paliwanag ay ituturo naman si PALECO,” he said.
This situation is causing damages to consumers and businesses, he added.
Benedito said the Puerto Princesa City government had earlier filed a P1 million civil suit against the power cooperative citing its poor performance and failure to provide quality service to the public.
“The outages for over the years has left Palaweños unsatisfied. Many of us are complaining for the damages on our appliances, as well as the companies affected by power outages,” the official said.
Board Member Albert Rama also said that PALECO should penalize its IPPs for their failure to provide power or else compensate the consumers.
Board Member David Francis Ponce de Leon reminded the power firm that President Rodrigo Duterte already warned them to solve the power problem in Palawan.
Palawan News tried to get the side of PALECO Board Chairman Jeffrey Tan-Endriga on the issue but he has yet to reply on the matter.