DoE’s Cusi pleads for compliance; CAAP is drug-free

October 25, 2018

Department of Energy (DoE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi calls on government institutions to ensure the settlement of their outstanding electricity payables.

“Being part of the government, we need to be earnest in pursuing energy-resiliency and efficiency. In order to attain our energy goals, it is important that we are all able to uphold our commitment to our stakeholders and service providers,” Sec. Cusi said.

As the DoE pushes for massive electrification, energy efficiency and security of the country, Sec. Cusi said he is ‘pleading’ on behalf of the distribution utilities (DUs), including the electric cooperatives (ECs), for the concerned government institutions to settle their outstanding accounts. DUs and ECs collect revenue to generate cash flow that would enable them to provide efficient and sustainable services to the areas they serve.

Through a memorandum signed by Undersecretary Alexander S. Lopez, the DoE, coordinated with the respective heads of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Coast Guard and the National Bureau of Investigation on the settlement of delinquent accounts payable to distribution utilities and electric cooperatives, in the amount of P17 million.

He explained that the unsettled payments is one of the challenges that may lead to weak and unstable operational performance. This implies incurring issues that involve DUs’ and institutions’ negligence in their collection mechanisms.

The DoE said it will continue to assure the public that it will closely monitor the accountability of the DUs and government institutions in fulfilling their respective obligations.

These government institutions ought to serve as role models when it comes to fulfilling their responsibilities. That Sec. Cusi has to ‘plead’ for them to settle their obligations, the heads of these institutions ought to be ashamed. Tsk!

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Speaking of government institutions that should take it upon themselves to serve as role models, kudos to the men and women of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) from 21 major airports around the country for having tested negative for shabu and marijuana use during voluntary tests done on them just about a week ago.

I learned from CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio that the tests were done in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug efforts and as part of the joint campaign by the Department of Transportation and CAAP for a drug-free workplace.

The Office of the Flight Surgeon and Aviation Medicine (OFSAM) conducted  the random drug testing from February to September this year where 2,635 employees from 21 airports took part out of the CAAP’s total of 6,056 employees nationwide.

According to Apolonio, the OFSAM is diligently going around the CAAP-operated airports from Luzon to Mindanao in order to ensure that our airports are safe and drug-free and that the random drug tests are done year-round in accordance to Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, as well as the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) memorandum circular 13 (series of 2010) calling for a drug-free workplace and the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulation (PCAR) on Psychoactive Testing and Reporting that requires drug testing on airport personnel.

Aside from testing CAAP personnel, several on-duty aircrew members from Philippine Airlines (PAL), PAL Express and Cebu Pacific in the 21 airports also participated in the drug testing. Fortunately, all such aircrew members tested negative to prohibited drugs as well.

The random drug tests are also in accordance to CAAP’s mission of ensuring a safe, secure and green Philippine skies. As aviation regulator, CAAP  manages 81 airports nationwide while five others are controlled by other airport authorities -- the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Subic Bay International Airport, Clark International Airport, Cebu-Mactan International Airport and Lal-lo International Airport (Cagayan North International Airport).

Hope that other government agencies follow suit in ensuring that they are drug-free.

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