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Full audit of power coop eyed

Marawi City – A full audit on the financial operation of the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (Lasureco) is in the offing, following the public hearing held by the House Committee on Energy chaired by Rep. Reynaldo Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro) on Friday in this city.

Umali said the people in Lanao del Sur have been polarized by the inequality of power services.

The hearing, held at the gymnasium of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol grounds, revealed that only 25 percent of households have electric meters, and some 40 percent are with electric connections.

“The promise of EPIRA to provide electricity to all consumers has not been fulfilled here in Lanao del Sur,” said Umali.

“Eto po ang gusto nating tugunan after we have given chance to concerned individuals to talk, at napagbigyan na rin natin ang GM (general manager) ng Lasureco, Ashary Maongco, to explain his side,” Umali said.

The Marawi hearing also revealed that only 37 out of the 39 towns and one city in Lanao del Sur have been energized by Lasureco.

The public hearing was requested by Rep. Ansaruddin Adiong, Gov. Mamintal Adiong, along with Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman, Umali said.