The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)-Visayas is urging the National Government to stop its intention to sell the Independent Power Producer Administration (IPPA) Supply Contract of the Unified Leyte Geothermal Power Plant (ULGPP). FDC-Visayas believes that this will result to rising electricity rates in the Visayas primarily in Eastern and Central Visayas. The islands of Negros and Panay; and even some parts of the Bicol Region in Luzon will also be affected.

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MANILA, Philippines – As members of the Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC) meet on Thursday to discuss the Mindanao power situation, members of advocacy group Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) staged a protest urging lawmakers to exempt the Agus and Pulangi hydropower complexes in Mindanao from being privatized, and to replace the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) for its unfulfilled promises.

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DAVAO CITY - Around 150 delegates from different local consumer groups as well as electric cooperatives and local government units gathered here Friday and vowed to actively pursue  people's solutions to the power crisis that has stricken Mindanao through vigorous advocacy and direct people’s actions.

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DAVAO CITY – Stressing that the voice of those who actually shoulder the burden of the power crisis was not heard during last month’s Mindanao Power Summit attended by President Benigno S. Aquino III and other stakeholders, electric-power consumers in Mindanao are holding their own gathering this Friday.

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The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) welcomes the announcement of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), through its Chair Luwalhati Antonino (PDI, 25 April 2012, p. 20), that President Benigno S. Aquino III has abandoned the option of privatizing the Agus and Pulangi hydropower plants.  This is a recognition of the popular and broad opposition to the Agus and Pulangi privatization plan as manifested in the recently held Mindanao Power Summit.

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