Mr. Ortiz, the OIC – Akelco Manager was invited as a resource person of SP members during their sessions relative on the contracts entered into by the rural electric cooperative with the power providers/generators and transmission companies and the role of the National Power Corporation in the event of power shortage in Aklan, Boracay Island included, as a direct effect of the suspended enforceability of the amended EPPA (Electric Power Purchase Agreement) between Akelco and GBPC (Global Business Power Corporation).
The SP chaired by Vice Governor Billie Calizo invited Ortiz to attend its session after Akelco announced thus, “the power rates to be charged beginning July will be lowered by P1.35/kwh compared with the bill in the month of June for almost all types of consumers. The lowered rate is due to the non-implementation of the blended rate of National Power Corporation – GBPC.”
However, the announcement was followed by a threat from Ortiz warning Akelco consumers to be prepared to more longer and recurrent brownouts as NPC will not be able to supply enough electric power to Aklan. Hence, the invitation to Ortiz of the Aklan SP to attend its session for interaction.
Mr. Wilfredo A. Ortiz declined the invitation “per advise of our legal counsel to desist from any discussions.” Ortiz’ letter to Mr. Odon Bandiola, SP Secretary declining the invitation follows:
“We acknowledge... your letter giving due respect to our position in declining the honorable body’s invitation to attend its 3rd regular session last July 19, 2007.
However, with much regret we wish to inform you that Aklan Electric Cooperative (AKELCO, Inc.) reiterates its stand per advise of our legal counsel to desist from any discussions/interactions that has implications to the pending case lodged before the Court of Appeals involving the amended EPPA entered into by AKELCO and the Mirant Global Corporation which is the main subject of SP’s proposed inquiry.
In view of the foregoing reason, Akelco could not send any representative to appear on the 4th regular session of the Sangguniang Panlala-wigan of Aklan slated on July 26, 2007. As stated in our previous letter, Akelco wants to assure the Honorable Body of its support on matters of future legislation which would involve the Cooperative”, end of letter.
Is Akelco a private business firm? No, it is owned by consumer – members of Aklan; Pandan and Libertad, Antique. What is the policy making body of Akelco and how are they selected? It is governed by the Board of Directors, which members are elected by the Akelco consumer – members. Who are the people that implement the policies, plans, projects and activities of Akelco?
The management and technical personnel appointed by the BOD confirmed by the National Electric Administration.
Who is the boss then? the legal counsel? the member consumers? The member–consumers of course. But why did Ortiz declined the invitation of the people thru their SP to tell them the true state of electricity in Aklan? Ortiz listens more to his legal counsel whose legal fees are paid for out of Akelco fund the member–consumers owned whom Ortiz declined their invitation to tell them the state of affairs in their electric cooperative. Ortiz must be reminded that he is an employee of Akelco consumer–members and not of his legal counsel.
The P3 million A-kelco fund for legal fee is still a mystery. It is not surprising if Hon. Rodson Mayor of SP proposed a resolution declaring Wilfredo A. Ortiz “Persona Non Grata”. /MP