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DAVAO LIGHT completes underground cabling in Davao City’s major street

DAVAO Light and Power Co. Inc. (Davao Light), an AboitizPower distribution unit, has completed its underground cabling activities along C.M. Recto Street from corner San Pedro Street to corner Ramon Magsaysay Avenue in Davao City.

“The underground cabling along C.M. Recto Street is now fully energized with all customers in the area connected. We finished removing power lines, distribution transformers, 64 Davao Light poles, and energized the street lights in the area. We reached 100 percent completion progress just in time for the 36th Kadayawan sa Davao, making this an even more meaningful feat for the city,” said Engr. Enriczar Tia, assistant vice-president, Technical Support for Engineering.

This is the second underground cabling project in the city with the first project implemented in 2016 around Davao City Hall and Sangguniang Panlungsod in compliance with City Ordinance 0177-14, Series of 2014.

One of the long-term impacts of underground cabling is lesser incidence of emergency power interruptions since electric wires are now placed underground. This is an effort to improve customer service and strengthen resiliency and reliability of the power distribution network.

The underground cabling in C.M. Recto Street, which started in 2018, is the first of five phases of the project. The second phase, which covers San Pedro Street from City Hall Drive to corner Quirino Avenue, is currently at 27 percent overall completion with civil construction works such as manhole installation and pipe laying ongoing.

Similar to the project implementation around City Hall, these phases of the project encountered numerous challenges such as inclement weather, traffic, and concerns on right-of-ways. Davao Light and various telecommunications companies are closely coordinating to ensure an efficient and faster implementation of the project.

“Together with the City Engineer’s Office who is spearheading the underground cabling project, we meet regularly to lay down plans, discuss schedules and solve issues,” Tia shared.

Active coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways, City Transport and Traffic Management Office, Davao City Water District, and other affected stakeholders is also being done.

“We ask for the continued support and understanding of our fellow Davaoeños as we carry out the project of our city in support of the mandate from our LGU. Rest assured that we are doing our best to mitigate the inconveniences, and ensure the safety of the public and the workers,” Tia added.

The underground cabling plan of the City Government of Davao under City Ordinance 0152-17, Series of 2017 mandates all telecommunication companies, Davao Light and all other persons to comply.

Converting overhead electrical and telecommunication wires to an underground system will result in visually appealing, safer main city roads, and better service to customers. (PR)


Politicians meddling in electric coops may face charges before the Ombudsman

For leading a privatization campaign calling for power giant Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) to take over the operation of the Northern Davao Electric Cooperative (NORDECO), Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib could be charged before the Ombudsman for meddling in the affairs of a cooperative.

Politicians interfering in the affairs of an Electric Cooperative (EC) to its detriment can be charged before the Office of the Ombudsman for violating Republic Act (RA) 10531 or the National Electrification Decree, a top official of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) said, in a report in the online news site NEWS FORT.

 “The case will go directly to the Ombudsman,” NEA administrator  Edgardo Masongsong  said in a virtual press briefing, Saturday (July10).

Under RA 10531, politicians cannot interfere with the operation and management of ECs especially in pushing for a “takeover” by private capital investors.

He said the politicians’ intrusion in the EC’s operations will hinder its improvement. 

Masongsong statement is in view of the recent public declaration of the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) Mayor Al David Uy and Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib urging the Northern Davao Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NORDECO), formerly Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (DANECO), to give up and transfer the franchise to  Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC). READ MORE

Davao City Top 10 taxpayers for 2014


Davao City’s TopTen taxpayers paid a total of P178.5M with Aboitiz-owned power utility firm Davao Light & Power Co. leading the list.

The City Treasurer’s Office named the top taxpayers
in 2014 as:

1. Davao Light & Power Co. – P83.7M
2. SM Davao Department Store – P16.9M
3. Coca Coca Femsa Philippines, Inc. – P13.1M
4. Holcim Philippines – P12.2M
5. NCCC Supermarket of Matina – P10.3M
6. Gaisano Mall of Davao – P9.5M
7. SM Supermarket-SM Davao -8.9M
8. Mindanao Shoppers Daily Destination – P8.5M
9. Mindanao Corrugated Fibreboard – P7.5M
10. NCCC Supermarket – Magsaysay Ave. – P7.2M

611The list of elite taxpayers was bared by Villa Dureza, Local Treasury Operations Officer (LTOO) in the June 11 edition of I-Speak Forum at City Hall.

Dureza expressed optimism of meeting tax collection target for 2015 of about P5.8 billion.

The CTO already collected P2.2 billion or 45 percent of its target as of April, Dureza told the forum organized by the City Hall Informations Office headed by Leo Villareal.


DAVAO CITY AboitizPower plant now 81% complete

The P25 Billion AboitizPower coal-fired power plant in Davao City is now 81 percent complete as of the month of June.

The 300-MW coal plant in Binugao, Toril is constructed by AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South.

Testing and commissioning for two units  of the plant — Unit 2 and Unit 1 – is set late this year and early next year, also said Nilo J. Geroche, energy industry management division chief of DOE Mindanao, in a report in SunStar Davao.

Bobby M. Orig, First VP Aboitiz Power Corp., said power plant could be operational by middle of 2015.

      Orig said 20 electric cooperatives and distribution utilities are on the line once the power plant goes into operation.

      Among them are Davao Light and Power Corp., Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative Inc., and Davao Oriental Electric Cooperative Inc., said Orig.

Hedcor plants 13,000 trees

Volunteer team members of Hedcor in Davao and its host communities united in planting 4700 trees during the Aboitiz group wide tree planting last July 19 in Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur.

Hedcor, Inc., Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. and Hedcor Bukidnon, Inc. employees reforested the 3km roadside near Tudaya Hydro 2 in Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur. Meanwhile, Hedcor team members in north trouped to La Trinidad and Bakun Benguet, Alilem, Ilocos Sur and Bauko, Mt. Province. All in all Hedcor was able to plant 13,000 trees in the simultaneous tree planting.

“We are one in the efforts of Aboitiz group for environmental sustainability across the country. Our tree planting activities all throughout the year reinforces our Watershed Management Plan [WMP],” said Hedcor Vice President for Mindanao Operations Rolando Pacquiao.

Species planted are narra, durian and rambotan. By planting fruit-bearing trees, Hedcor’s host communities will be able to harvest and sell the produce, thereby augmenting their income. Through reforestation, Hedcor supports sustainable development and preserves the environment.

One of the major activities of Hedcor under its WMP is roadside rehabilitation and riverbank stabilization. Each single tree planted will help protect the watershed considering that a tree can hold or absorb water, thus preventing flash floods.

The tree planting activity is one of the many initiatives undertaken through the company’s WMP. In fact, just last year, Hedcor achieved the 1000 hectares reforestation in Mt Apo Natural Park.

Hedcor was awarded with the Philippine Environment Partnership Program Seal of Approval for many years now by DENR for going beyond compliance. Hedcor has 21 run-of-river hydropower plants in Benguet, Ilocos Sur, Davao City and Davao del Sur with a total installed capacity of 170 MWs and looking for an additional capacity from Sabangan Hydro Project in Mt Province and Manolo Fortich Hydro Project in Bukidnon.

idi fuertesRiparian Forest Corridor in the Panigan-Tamugan Watershed is slated to emerge along the pristine Tamugan River, to preserve its sustainability and potability, according to Mary Ann V. Fuentes, executive director of the Interface Development Interventions (IDIS). (Medel V. Hernani/

NGO in watershed Protection project

A non-government organization has boosted the Davao City government’s watershed protection campaign with the launching of its reforestation project in the watershed areas.

The Interface Development Interventions , Inc (IDIS) said that the project aims to rehabilitate critical conservation and protection areas.

The project, implemented by the Watershed Management Council (WMC), a private group concerned with water resource conservation, aims to cover eight watershed areas.

The project supports programs of the local government under a watershed ordinance.

The Watershed Protection, Conservation and Management Ordinance was authored by former City Councilor Arnolfo Cabling while the chair of the Davao City Council committee on environment and natural resources.

The ordinance has created a Watershed Management Council (WMC) headed by the City Mayor, which crafts policies and implements programs; the Watershed Multi-Partite Monitoring Council (WMMC). Which monitors violations;and the Barangay Watershed Management Council (BWMC), which also monitors compliance to the ordinance.

The IDIS-WMC reforestation project starts off in the Panigan-Tamugan watershed.

“This initiative gathers stakeholders to plant trees along the banks of streams and rivers in the Panigan – Tamugan Watershed,” IDIS Executive Director Mary Ann Fuertes said.

The project is funded by Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) which will identify appropriate riverbank sites for tree growing in coordination with the riverbank communities and barangays.

Fuertes said that  barangay volunteers will be trained as ‘Bantay Bukid’ personnel who will help protect the forest corridors.

The initial areas identified for the project are in the upland barangays of Tambobong, Tamugan, Wine, Gumalang and Tawan-tawan.