Mindanao co-op seeks assistance of MinDA

One Mindanao Energy Cooperative has sought the help of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) for the approval of their proposed hydropower project in Agusan.

OMEC chairperson Edgardo P. Silagan said they submitted their proposal and Letter of Intent in September 2016 to the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, the Department of Energy and the Office of the President thru the Presidential Management Staff.

“We personally handed the copies to the three government departments but until now we haven’t gotten any reply from them,” Silagan said.

He said they have sought the help of MinDA to facilitate response from those agencies regarding the status of their proposal.

Silagan said they are hoping the project will earn the support of President Rodrigo Duterte as the “hydropower plant is geared towards the equitable distribution of wealth, peace and prosperity in Mindanao.”

OMEC is composed of 35 cooperatives, mostly operating in Mindanao, with three primary cooperatives as anchors namely the Model Cooperative Network (MCN) based in Davao City, Federation of People’s Sustainable Development Cooperative of Quezon City, and the Mindanao Funeral Services Cooperative.

Silagan said the “35 cooperatives have about a million members with total combined assets of PP20 billion.”

He said these cooperatives have good standings and passed the stringent standards set by the Cooperative Development Authority.

Once they get the approval from government, Silagan said they also plan to bid for the operation of the Agus-Pulangi hydropower plant. (PNA)