Saturday last week, a day before Valentine’s Day, officials and several dozens of MORE Power employees, the city’s new electric power distribution utility, temporarily dropped everything they were doing at their corporate office to show their love for the environment, specifically the Iloilo River.
On that early Saturday morning, MORE Power helped in the continued beautification and improvement of this part of the metro by releasing almost 750 juvenile fish stocks into the clean waters of this arm of the sea.
Now, these were no ordinary fingerlings they released out there, certainly a lot different from those fish stocks whose mortality rate is about 40 to 50%. Instead, they released juvenile fish, the survival rate of which dramatically improves to about 80 to 85 percent, which, I must say, makes MORE Power’s February activity—conducted as part of their month-long celebration in commemoration of the second year since President Rodrigo Duterte signed their franchise—less of an exercise in futility.
Anyway, the release of the fish stocks isn’t exactly what made me write this piece, although I am sure it deserves a lot of kudos for the distribution utility to be doing something that, in actuality, they are not obliged to do.
It is what Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas said in his message during the fish release activity that moved me into scribbling my thoughts about it.
The four-termer city chief executive was quoted to have said: “It’s not always that you would see a utility distribution company that is also deeply involved in the propagation of fish in our river. It is unfortunate that I have not seen this before since I was elected councilor in 1986. And it is only when MORE Power came to Iloilo City that they got involved in many community programs of the city.”
I don’t know about you but this to me is, without a shadow of a doubt, a clear potshot at Panay Electric Company (PECO), which MORE Power physically unseated as the city’s electric power distribution firm early last year!
Whaattt? PECO had rooted itself well in Iloilo City, earning hundreds of millions if not billions of pesos in revenue since the mid-1920s and yet not even an instance when they participated in community programs of this magnitude?
Well, we can question Treñas’s statement about PECO all we want—after all, he was not yet alive in the early decades of PECO’s monopolistic hold on the power distribution industry in this Southern metropolis to be making such a sweeping statement like that—but still it definitely amounts to something that is undoubtedly negative in character, and speaks much about why the Cacho family-owned company quickly fell out of grace with their former ‘benefactors.’ And yes, from their lofty position near the corridors of power to one that is being vilified every chance there is, including by their former friends with which they rubbed elbows with not too long ago.
Extra Shots: The month of February is not only love month for us in the family; three of my four children actually were born this month. That said, I would like to greet my sons Norwin Giles (February 6) and Norwin Graeco (February 21) and my only girl Noreen Grace (February 18) for their respective natal days this month. Papa and Mama don’t say it much too often these days but we really, really love you all so much!!!