BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
The bidding for the Central Negros Electric Cooperative 20-megawatt base load power supply requirement for years 2021 to 2031 pushed through, acting general manager Danny Pondevilla said, contrary to a statement made by Power Watch Negros that the bidding was halted.
Wennie Sancho, Power Watch secretary general, said in a statement that five members of the Ceneco Board had sought for postponement of the bidding process on April 12.
Sancho, who was appointed member-observer of the Bids and Awards Committee, said he will conduct an inquiry on what happened.
He said that Power Watch Negros strongly believes that the main function of the Third Party Bids and Awards Committee (TPBAC) is to spearhead and manage the conduct of the Competitive Selection Process and the members of the Board should not meddle.
But Pondevilla told the DAILY STAR that the members of the Ceneco Board merely wanted the members of the third party BAC to clarify the issues raised by Konsyumer, another electricity consumers group, against the bidding of the project for purposes of transparency.
He said Konsyumer filed a complaint before the Department of Energy and the National Electrification Administration on the propriety of the conduct of the competitive selection process.
Pondevilla said the members of the Board had no intention to suspend indefinitely the process of bidding. Six companies are vying to supply the Base Load Power Requirement of Ceneco for the next 10 years, he added.*