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May 30, 2022

A vote for NORDECO: Sen. Risa Hontiveros explains her vote on House Bill 10554 or An Act Expanding the Franchise Area of the Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC), Inc. during the plenary session, Monday, May 30, 2022. Voting against the franchise of DPLC, Hontiveros expressed fear that repealing the franchise of Northern Davao Electric Cooperative (NORDECO), Inc. by implication, through the expansion of the franchise of another distribution utility, would expose NORDECO’s consumer members, as well as its employees, to more risk and uncertainty. Passing the proposed measure also raises fundamental questions vis-a-vis the granting of franchise to operate electric distribution systems in areas that are still under exclusive franchise of electric cooperatives, according to Hontiveros. “My vote is a vote not against Davao Light and Power, the professionalism and competence of whose management and workforce I respect and recognize, but it is a vote for NORDECO and all similarly situated electric cooperatives,” Hontiveros said. (Voltaire F. Domingo/Senate PRIB)