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NONECO GM Eyes Case vs WESM Rate Hike

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The general manager of the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (NONECO) may file a case against what it called a “unconscionable” power rate increase by the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).

Lone District of Bacolod Representative Evelio Leonardia, Chief Executive Officer and President of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Hans T. Sy, Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and Silay City Mayor Jose “Oti” Montelibano cut the ribbon to open the SM City Bacolod Expansion yesterday.*

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (center) welcomes Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. (3rd from left) during his courtesy visit at the Capitol, yesterday. With them are (l-r) Board Member Jose Benito Alonso, Cong. Jeffrey Ferrer, Board Members Miller Serondo and Salvador Escalante, Jr. and San Enrique Mayor Mario Magno.* (Capitol photo)

Lawyer Dan Pondevilla, general manager of NONECO told the Negros Daily Bulletin yesterday that “I am ready to file a temporary restraining order (TRO) despite the adjustment it made on its recent adjustment that lowered the rate by 50 percent at the September bill,” Pondevilla said.

NONECO would have been charged P52 million with the price substitution adjustment or about 30 percent increase, he said.

He pointed out that the rate increase prior to yesterday’s 50 percent adjustment could have resulted to a billing for each NONECO consumer of about P13.90 per kWh from just about P10/kWh.

“I am checking with other electric cooperatives in the Visayas if their September bills were also adjusted and reduced. Even with the 50 percent reduction, still the rates are too high and we, with other power coops will review this new adjustment,” he said.

“I think the reduction is the result of our (electric cooperatives’) protest moves against this highly unscrupulous rate increase which we only knew when we were billed by PEMC-WESM. I think PEMC is also affected by our protest,” the NONECO GM also said.

Pondevilla said the WESM is using the “wrong model as market computation.”

Western Visayas Electric Cooperatives Association (WEVECA) will met next week where they will compare their latest billing.

MassKaraLand 2014 is On

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Bacolod City’s biggest outdoor dance festival, the MassKaraLand 2014 will be premiered today up to the 19th at the Lacson Tourism Strip starting at 4 o’clock this afternoon.

MQ 2014 Christine Joy Madamba won the pageant's Texter's Choice award while 1st runner-up Riah De Ocampo received the Miss Merzci honors during the coronation night at St. La Salle Coliseum last Friday.* (H.James G.Toga/NDB)

Officials of the new Bacolod SMX Convention Center paid a courtesy call to City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella (L-R) SMX Brand Manager JB Ongsingco, AVP Director of Sale Dennis O. Salvador, Mayor Monico, Vice President in Strategic Sales & Revenue Management Ryan T. Uy at the Bacolod People’s House.*

MassKaraLand celebration will bring together 35 DJs, 4 emcees and 2 bands in one grand stage.

After Electric Coops’ Protests vs. Bloated Billing for September ‘PEMC, WESM Cuts P2 - P4/kWh Rate Hike’

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The Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) that operates and governs the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) adjusted yesterday the Visayas electric cooperatives’ September bills after the latter’s lodging of protest moves against "the unexplained and abrupt increase by as much as P4 per kilowatt-hour."

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Atty. Dan Pondevilla, general manager of Manapla-based Northern Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NONECO, formerly VRESCO) told Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) last night that his office received a revised and adjusted PEMC-WESM September billing that reduced by 50 the sudden increase in the September bill.

Pondevilla said the rate increase prior to yesterday’s 50 percent adjustment could have resulted to a billing for each NONECO consumer of about P13.90 per kWh from just about P10/kWh.

"I am checking with other electric cooperatives in the Visayas if their September bills were also adjusted and reduced. Even with the 50 percent reduction, still the rates are too high and we, with other power coops will review this new adjustment," he told NDB.

‘Embarrassing for Negros Occ.!’

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"It’s more than alarming, it’s an embarrassment to Negros Occidental."

This was how Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson described the newest case of robberies that victimized the province’s town halls.

Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao (3rd from left) hands over the financial assistance worth P50, 000 to Budget Officer Judy Anne Nillosan for the Mayor Hermilo L. Aguilar Educational Scholarship Program in the presence of Councilor Ernesto Adrian Aguilar (2nd from left), Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Margarito Abancio (left) and staff at the Hinigaran Mayor’s Office, recently.* (Capitol photo)

Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella recites the novena as he kneels during the Novena Mass last October 5, 2014 in celebration of Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.*

The treasurers’ offices of Valladolid and Moises Padilla have been added to the growing list of towns and cities in the province ransacked by still unidentified suspects on Friday and Saturday, bringing to six the number of local government units similarly victimized since June, police records show.

From June to September this year alone, ransacked by still unidentified thieves were the treasurers’ offices of Escalante, Cauayan and Hinobaan and Bago City who took cash and digital camera and computer accessories.

Last year, the treasurer’s office of the town of Calatrava was also robbed.

The vice governor said that he cannot understand "why it still happens after the first two or three cases happened."

"I would think that the local government units concerned would have been more vigilant. I hope they would find ways to protect the office of their treasurers," Lacson said.

He added that the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the province has not yet identified who’s behind these break- ins.

"There is still no findings if the cases involve one group," he pointed out.

Asked about the problem of some LGUs of the lack of budget to buy closed-circuit television (CCTVs), Lacson said, "CCTVs even for just the treasurer’s office is affordable."



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