HOUSE Deputy Majority Leader Erwin T. Tulfo and four other lawmakers filed a resolution last Monday urging the House of Representatives to conduct an urgent inquiry, in aid of legislation, for the immediate review and possible revocation of the franchises of the non-performing electric cooperatives.
In a House Resolution (HR) No. 1302, introduced and signed by ACT-CIS Party-list Reps. Tulfo, Jocelyn Tulfo and Edvic Yap; Benguet Rep. Eric Yap and Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Ralph Tulfo, they also urged the consideration of the new entry of new electric cooperatives.
Erwin Tulfo said they filed a resolution due to numerous complaints received by their offices regarding the series of brownouts in different parts of the country under electric cooperatives.
“Sa kabila ng mga reklamo ng brownout patuloy pa rin naman ang pagbibigay ng pangit na serbisyo ng mga electric cooperative na ito sa kanilang mga sineserbisyuhan at nagtitiis na ang ang taumbayan,” Tulfo lamented.
In the resolution, the lawmakers said, “The dismal performance of these electric cooperatives underscores the need to explore alternatives, such as the establishment of new electric cooperatives or other models for the provision of electricity in these areas, to address the long-standing issues that have plagued the residents and businesses.”
“Panahon na upang silipin natin ang pangit na serbisyo ng ilang mga power companies na ito sa pamamagitan ng pag-review ng mga prangkisa nila, pagkansela kung kinakailangan at pagpasok ng mga bagong power players sa lugar,” Tulfo averred.
The lawmakers insisted that they filed a resolution for the immediate review of the franchises of these electric cooperatives that have long been the subject of complaints due to their daily power outages in the areas they serve.