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Are we really facing a looming power crisis in Olongapo?


The Department of Energy said yes, but the local government of Olongapo says no.

So here is the two sides, DOE Sec. Petilla said that Olongapo has incurred P4billion in electric debt with Power Sector Asset and Liabilities Management Corp (PSALM) and added that PSALM is ‘poised to issue’ a notice of disconnection.

Notice that I said ‘poised to issue’ meaning that as of this writing there has no confirmation the PSALMS has already issued a notice of disconnection to Olongapo.

But this does not mean that PSALM will not issue a notice of disconnection.

Just like any business there will be a last straw. No business likes to lose money on delinquent payers.

The point is..... By Anthony Bayarong

And yes, it is true that the city owes PSALM P4billion pesos, a city official has confirmed this but said that the P4billion included interest and penalties, meaning the city have not been updated on its payment.

If the city is updated on payment then why would we be charge with interest and penalties, it’s very simple, no need to be a rocket scientist to figure this out.

In 2010 the city’s electric debt was at P2billion, this was denied by the local government it was like a public secret and only a few took notice of it because it was election time when it was made public.

It was the opposition in Olongapo who went public on the debt, using it as a battle cry during the 2010 election.

Its election time again however this time it was not the opposition who made the announcement, it was no less than the Secretary of the Department of Energy who revealed the not so good news to the public.

It took the city a full week to officially respond to the issue.

In the response City Administrator Ferdie Magrata said that the debt was caused by supplying power to the PNP and the schools in the city. Does this offices have no budget of electricity? these are national offices by the way under the Philippine National Police, DILG and Department of Education.

“Do we just cut off the power of these national agencies just because they can’t pay? We can’t just do that. They are providing a vital service for the community,” he said.

Magrata added that the report was part of a smear campaign to discredit Mayor James Gordon Jr.

Whatever the reason, may it be politics or non-payment from the residents, offices both local and national, jumpers or mismanagement, one thing is for sure and was admitted by officials of the city, we have P4billion unpaid electric bill and I am sure that this will increase more in the coming months.

The point is ….If my math is correct (I must warn you that im not good in math) in 2010 Olongapo had an outstanding balance of P2billion, it is now 2013, the city managed to double the balance totaling to P4billion or translate to P1billion a year.

Even if we sell or privatize PUD the debt will remain, Cepalco will still be charging us (residents) for the unpaid electric bill of the city. Why? If you were Cepalco would you pay the P4billion in behalf of Olongapo? The answer is no.

Now what Cepalco will do is get the distribution from PUD make money by charging us for their service and then charge us for the unpaid bill of Olongapo with PSALM on top of our regular electric bill (ouch).

I smiled after reading the reasoning of the city on why the debt reached P4billion.

Mayor Jame Gordon Jr. has been in office for nine (9) years, I think, 9 years is more than enough to say “hey PNP, hey Dep Ed, hey you” please pay your electric bill.

Now we will pay.

36 Comments to “Are we really facing a looming power crisis in Olongapo?”

  1. Rommel Mallari says:

    lahat nalang sinisi sa pulis.

  2. its about time to CHANGE…i know you know what I'm talking about…

  3. Bugsy de los Reyes says:

    Anthony, to my understanding CEPALCO will not assume the debt. It will be the burden of the next administration to figure that out. Condonation of the debt is not a guarantee… although we hope for that. However, our constituents are already feeling the pinch now, not only with the increase in our electricity bill, the occasional brownouts and the fear of the city's permanent disconnection.
    As early as now, while the transition period is still in play and CEPALCO has not been granted the right of PUD, this has to be figured out. Please attend our Wednesday sessions. We have to be vigilant before it's too late.

  4. Rolen C Paulino says:

    don't want to be suspicious,, the reason why they want to sell the remaining 10% subicwater shares which is more or less 250million., is for them to use it as stand by money, so psalm will not cut our power,, they also turned down the proposal of ATIENZA, LIPUMANO, DELOS REYES, CORTEZ, resolution, designating the escrow money to be paid to PUD employees and to pay PSALM, so they can use the money somewhere else,, just asking?

  5. so sad that this is happening…

  6. Jonah Ber-amie Jamilano says:

    Tsss. Lahat sinisi sa pulis at deped ang lagay yung 4B NA utang dhl sa pag gamit nla? 2010 hnd nasolusyunan 2013 na gising na olongapenyo! Pay muna ng local gov yan san napunta pagbabayad ntn ng bills ng power. I think voters now are more eager to know the truth and they are more intelliegnt whos who to choose :)

  7. Leahrowena Diaz says:

    ready na kau sa black out baka not months or years yan

  8. Earl Vezzrav Barrera says:

    2 times nawalan ng kuryente dito samin sa Balic Balic Sta. Rita a while ago

  9. Dadudz Gerry Cruz says:

    UNLIMITED!!! pati mga bahay kaya nila unlimited din?

  10. Rico N. Diaz says:

    This is the result of years of mismanagement and incompetence. Mayor Gordon's slogan, "Fighting for Excellence" is a myth.

  11. Sivle Leyserp says:

    papaano Pareng Rolen, kung ikaw na po ang Mayor ng Gapo, di ikaw na po ang magbabayad Sir? Kawawa naman po kayo :( pero thinking positively, and knowing you sir, you can find ways :D

  12. Nakakainis na simula pa kahapon hanggang magdamag panay ang brown out dito sa gordon heights ngayon pag gising ko wala nanamang ilaw. Ang lakas pa ng loob na magkampanya dito kahapon!

  13. si gordon kase imbes na ibayad binubulsa nalang ang pera ng bayan.. nakakasawa na sila paulet ulet nalang ..sana naman magising na tayo sa katotohanan na pag sila pa ang umupo.. hindi lang taho baha sa utang kundi lubog na lubog na kawawa naman ang susunod na henerasyon. nagbabayad naman tayo ng ilaw, tubig ect.. pero bakit ganto tayo ang napipirwisyo!! TAMA NA ANG PAGBUBULAG BULAGAN GISING OLONGAPO!!! PALITAN NA ANG BALUKTOT NA SERBISYO

  14. Gee Gonzales says:

    Saan naman napunta ang CEPALCO payment?

  15. Nestor Ching says:

    this is the result of years of kurakot,di na nakontento sa komisiyon lang. hindi na mababayaran yan kung may 2 billion ibubulya na naman. ang tanong kailan ba ang party ng Olongapo, para makabili ng kandila. sila na ang kumawan ng dahilan, congrat. vice, lumilinaw na.

  16. ngay0n pa lang patay-sindi na ang kuryente na ewan kung pagpa-praktis na sila dahil sa krisis na kinakaharap ng olongapo ngay0n o ngpa-praktis sila kung paano papatayin ang kuryente sa b0t0han!

  17. Chadric Bermillo Ibarrat says:

    Mayor James Bong Gordon, bakit napaka unfair naman nito sa amin? Kung makasingil kayo ng electric bill agad agad lagi kasi kung hindi kami mkapgbayad on time puputulan kmi agad ng kuryente.. tapos yun pala ang laki ng utang ng olongapo city sa kuryente. Saan napupunta yung mga binabayad namin? Wag niyo sabihing sa bayan eh nagbabayad din kami ng tax.

  18. sinasabi nilang mismanagement daw.. bakit sa tinagal tagal ng nakaupo ni louie lopes as manager ng PUD hindi nila pinapalitan… di ba dapat kung mismanagement palitan ang management…? bakit nila tinangal si ms. julie reyes at ipinalit si louie? mismanagement din ba ang nangyari nung si ms. reyes na PUD manager? ilang taon bang umupo si Ms. reyes kumpara kay engr. lopez? paki chek din po siguro ang mga department heads na may mga paupahan kung walang utang… :( may nabalitaan din po kasi ako na nagbabayad yung tenant pero di ibinabayad ng may ari ng apartment na head ng city… yung billings naman po ng mga schools ng DEPED may share daw po na ang city ang magbabayad… parang ang sabi ng isang principal na nakausap ko… 50/50 ang bayaran.. sagot ng deped ang 50% at city government ang 50%.. kung nakakabayad ng 50% ang deped at hindi naman nakakabayad ang LGU… lolobo talaga ang utang ng DEPED….. ngayon bibigyan ng letter ang mga schools para bayaran ang kanilang utang na di binayaran ng LGU….. ? dahil lumabas na malaki ang utang ng City… parang ang gulo ng post ko.. hahaha… paki intindi nalang po at akoy nagtatanung lang naman??? :(

  19. Hi Sir Busgy, assuming that Cepalco will not assume the debt, kailangan p rin itong bayaran and my best guess is that it will passed on to the residents, the next administration will not say that "ok we will pay the P4billion' with the city budget. and even if that happens the budget of the city is still the peoples money. Someone should be punished for this. Hindi naman piso o limang piso lang ang iniwang utang na babayaran ng mamamayan…. P4billion ito. Plunder in legal terms.

  20. Precious Reforba says:

    praying…and will keep on praying…

  21. ano na po ba ang nangyari dun sa hearing sa congress… tapos na po ba… may nangyari bang hearing… o may susunod pa? malapit na ang election… dapat ngayon pa lang may maganda ng mangyari/resulta kung may nangyaring hearing…? hintayin pa po bang matapos ang election bago kumilos ang taong bayan? 4BILLION yan… hindi biro ang gagawin ng susunod na mayor para mabayaran at hindi dapat BATANG GAPO ang magbayad nyan.. dahil nagbabayad sa tamang oras ang BATANG GAPO…

  22. Larfel A Rahzilef says:

    I suggest Vice Rolen to bring this copy to the people of Olongapo so that everybody be informed….

  23. Back in the old days, people like this are either beheaded or burned…but now, we are burned on our own money….instead of pointing who is responsible, can the local officials do what they can to have this resolved immediately, let the people of Olongapo decide what will happen to this people come election time…Also, I think it is best that someone or somebody will bring this to justice ( if they were not bought yet )….I tell you, the more we experience this brownout, the more they keep the fire burning to fight this "corrupt" officials….I believe this 4 Billion debt is not an overnight manipulation of funds….I think it goes way, way back….so People of Olongapo, what can you say….good governance….duh! that's a big crap!

  24. hindi po siguro natin dapat isisi lang sa mga namumuno ang lahat ng mga nangyayari sa atin, wala po akong kinakampihan na sinuman, gusto ko lang pong ilahad ang aking hinaing at ang aking opinyon hinggil sa kasong ito…lahat ng tao sa bayan ng olongapo ay may mga responsibilidad na kailangan gampanan, aminin man natin o hindi meron mga taong talamak ang pagnakaw ng elektrisidad na sa hindi naman natin masisisi dahil sa kahirapan ng buhay, meron ding mga tauhan na walang ginawa kundi ang magbulsa ng perang hindi nila iniisip ang pwedeng kahinatnan ng kanilang ginagawa,, ang lahat ng iyan ay hindi pwedeng isisi sa mayor, vicemayor o kahit sino sa pamahalaan ng olongapo, sapagkat napakarami ring problema na kailangang harapin pa, ang hindi ko loang maintindihan ay ang ginawa nilang paglihim nito sa mamamayan ng olongapo,,, ang lahat ay may karapatang malaman ang mga lahat ng mga nangyayari sa ating lungsod.

  25. Pecs Ragadio says:

    mga EPAL pa nga ma opisyales na yan malayo pa campaigned period EPAL na sila buwesitttttttt may calendar nakalagay congressman pero mayor siya sa ngayon nakaka badtrip lang talag mga politiko talaga haitsttttt

  26. Gee Gonzales says:

    walang dapat iwanang utang, ibayad ang ibinabayad namin, pag nawala ba sa pwesto tapos na ang responsibility? mali yun

  27. Bugsy de los Reyes says:

    There is a need for accountability. No question.

  28. i agree! this is a plunder case

  29. kaya inilihim kasi nga sila ang may gawa!!

  30. Hiro Kimura says:

    If these things continue to happen, we won't vote…. Sayang lng dami pa nman batang botante …

  31. Elizabeth Mosca Williamson says:

    Congrats vice Rolen……tta Beth to

  32. Ceej Cris says:

    OMG!

  33. Gigi Garcia says:

    It really is time for the people of Olongapo to wake up and face the hard truth! It does owe PSALM and the figure is a minimum of at least P3.5 BILLION, they used P500 MILLION, part of the sale of PUD to partially settle the debt but again, another surprise! That is to cover for the unpaid electric bills of the city from November 2012 up to May 2013. So you mean NOBODY PAID during those months, and who ever PAYS IN ADVANCE for power? What can the people of Olongapo do? Spread the word, get in touch with the national and local press, and best of all, come election day, May 13, 2013, DAY OF RETRIBUTION, OUT with BONG and ANN GORDON! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

  34. Gracious Dudz says:

    Sir nag work po pala kau sa FRONTIERS noon? Anak po ako ni Sgt. Nodado,gen. Manager ng frontiers before

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