The Philippine Reclamation Authority should prove that the fingerport at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City that had been reclaimed by the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation is illegal, Renecito Novero, the legal counsel of the BREDCO said yesterday.
PRA should review its records if it believes that the fingerport has no permit from the city and PRA, Novero also said.
He said he believes all reclamation projects included in the contract are authorized, and if there are areas not included in the contract, they (PRA) should prove it, he added.
During a public hearing conducted Tuesday by the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government chaired by Councilor Distrito, the PRA officials had pointed out that the fingerport that had been reclaimed by BREDCO is illegal and has no permit from the city and the PRA.
Diomedes Tan, PRA Implementation and Regulation Department manager, said that, based on their records, BREDCO had an application with them before 2007 to reclaim the fingerport, which is about 8-10 hectares, but no authority had been granted to it, because of lack of required documents.
PRA will give BREDCO a final notice to give it a chance to comply with the requirements, he said, and one of these requirements is the consent of the city.
Novero said there must be some aspects of the case that may have not yet come to their knowledge so there is a need for PRA to review all the records. But until yesterday, he said, he has not received any document or notice from the PRA, he said.
However, they will also review all pertinent records if that is called for since all issues call for records, Novero said. So far they have not received any notice from the PRA concerning any violation, he said.
Meanwhile, the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod approved Wednesday a resolution inquiring from the Energy Regulatory Commision whether Central Negros Electric Cooperative is implementing Section 10 of Republic Act 7832, Series of 1994, or “An Act Penalizing the Pilferage of Electricity and Theft of Power Transmission Lines/Materials, Rationalizing System Loss by Phasing Out Pilferage Losses as a Component.”
Authored by Councilor Catalino Alisbo, the resolution said the CENECO management, in its statement of account billing to all customers, is charging system loss charge on general and transmission revenue and value added tax on government revenue.
It said the ERC is mandated to enforce R.A.7832 to refund consumers the amount paid on over-recoveries of system loss payment under Purchased Power Adjustment as mandated by the law.
The resolution also said 16 years have passed since the effectivity of R.A. 7832, yet the charges, as determined by the ERC, have not fully benefitted the consumers in their area of coverage.*CGS