BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 20) — Administrative Order 202-2006 dated December 15 created the Ad Hoc Management Committee for the Asin Hydro-electric Plants.
Initially stalled after Acting Mayor Reinaldo Bautista left without acting on the council Resolution 258 the other week, the order was finally signed when Acting Vice-mayor Leandro Yangot assumed the mayoralty seat last week.
The Ad Hoc Management Committee was earlier tasked by the city council to prepare the terms and conditions of the interim contract; manage the hydros while there is no contract yet; negotiate not only with Hedcor but also with the Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco), the San Fernando Electric Light and Power Company (Sfelapco), among others;
The Mancom was also tasked to come up with the terms of reference (TOR) for an open and competitive bidding; or submit an alternative plan to continue operating the hydros.
Yangot, in his order, added more tasks to the Mancom as follows: meet and conciliate with Hedcor for a mutually accepted turnover process; wind up with the Baguio Water District on existing or pending concerns in relation to the contract which ended on September 1, 2006; plan for the security and maintenance, and programs for the management and continuous operations of the hydros.
The mancon is also ordered to do a feasibility study on actual operation of the plants or if found not feasible, the mancom shall direct the preparation of the TOR for an open bidding.
Yangot also tasked City Administrator Peter Fianza as head of the secretariat and technical working group with personnel from the city’s accounting, budget building and architecture and the city engineering officers as members. The president f the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers in Baguio and Benguet was also named as member. # Lyn V. Ramo for NORDIS