30 January 2010
During the olden times the basic needs of society were food, clothing and shelter.
These basic needs were increased to 11 by then Minister of Human Settlements, Madam Imelda Romualdez Marcos.
Electricity (or power) is one of these other basic needs aside from health, religion, recreation, etc.
Two Governors of Catanduanes – Hector S. Sanchez and Leandro B. Verceles, Jr – batted for a sufficiently energized Catanduanes. The engineer and lawyer, respectively, in them recognized the importance of energy or power as basic needs of modern society.
Unfortunately, their efforts have been thwarted by scheming highly-politicised august body known popularly as the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
That august body was so highly divided during the incumbency of these two governors that local legislations geared towards development and progress have been neglected, if not delayed, as a result of such political animosities and divisiveness.
Result: Catanduanes have yet to be free from power shortages – courtesy of irresponsible men and women, in and out of politics.
Then came a new dawn of politics for Catanduanes. Two Josephs took charge of the reign of leadership – Gov. Joseph Cua and Cong. Joseph A. Santiago. Two honorable, responsible gentlemen in their own way.
Are these two are coming up to our high expectations? The response depends on whose camp on political color one belongs.
History will judge them in their appointed time.
Now, let’s go back to the hottest issue today in Catanduanes.
Former Governors Sanchez and Verceles were in favor of a sufficiently energized province. Only that their dreams and visions were thwarted by vested interests – laden individuals and groups.
The present provincial leadership, I’m afraid, is the opposite.
The good intention and effort of a private company – Sunwest Water and Electric Company (SUWECO) – is being opposed by the provincial government.
The Local Government Unit of the province of Catanduanes, represented by Gov. Joseph C. Cua, through his counsel, opted to become an oppositor. Accordingly, it had submitted its opposition and moved to dismiss the Electricity Supply Agreement (ESA) application filed by the SUWECO and the FICELCO docketed as ERC Case No. 2008-21 RC.
As an LGU, the province of Catanduanes is vested with individual personality under the law, their position paper stated.
Gov. Cua’s representation of the province is clothed with authority, having been conferred for that purpose by the province’s Sangguniang Panlalawigan under SP Resolution No. 062-2008 dated 07 May 2008.
Since the ERA application have yet to be acted upon after the public hearing and evidentiary presentation last June 5 and 6, respectively, this column further sayeth no more: to avoid contempt of court for subjudice, the ERC being a quasi-Judicial body.
The National Beta Sigma Convention will be held on July 19-20, 2008 in Zamboanga City. Interested fraternity and sorority members are therefore advised to contact Brod. Roger Magtangob of FIDA or Sis Lourdes Tajaal of San Isidro, Virac, Catanduanes for further information.
See you there, brods and sis!!
Perhaps the best way to achieve freedom in your life according to Dr. Wayne W. Dyerx is to remember this guideline: Never place TOTAL reliance in anyone other than yourself when it comes to guiding your own life. For as Emerson said in Self Reliance “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
The Hebrew word for “truth” is emeth. In English”truth” refers to our knowledge of the facts. We say “I am telling you the truth.” This means “I am telling you what I know about the facts”, Loron Wade said.
But the Bible idea of emeth, Wade explained, is not mere one’s knowledge of things. It is the nature of things as they really are. It is not just something we tell, but rather what is, he added.
In the hottest issue today in Catanduanes who is telling the truth?
The Oppositor or the SUWECO and FICELCO? Abangan natin, mga Ka-Peryodiko!