Thursday, January 31, 2008

Kuryente Issue in Mindoro (sigh...)

Prior to the end of 2007 and most likely in the entire 2008, the global buzz word happens to be global warming (and its related terminologies and phrases). Remember the Bali Conference conducted under the auspices of the UN in the last part of 2007, where there was a high-level of diplomatic acumen and of course a forgetable emotional instance pushed the US to sign -- finally, though with much reservations -- the Kyoto Protocol? By and large, the significance of this lies in the country-signatories' avowal to gradually improve in their use of renewable energy sources and -- the other side of the story -- to subsequently lessen the use, if not the dependence, of fossil fuels.
As of this writing, China is experiencing the worst winter in the last half of the century. Last year, we saw a number of wild fires that did not only consumed forest reserves but also devastated even the posh communities of the rich and the celebrities in US and in Australia. Last year, too, the continuing melting of the iceberg in a number of sites in the world had been brought to the consciousness of the world.
And all of these is said to be in one way or the other connected or related to the phenomenon of global warming.
As this issue hits the media headline around the world, I wonder if it could hit the same chord of interest in the mind of Mindoro people. Well, for some probably -- and I hope so!
As I do this post, I come to realize that in San Jose where the power producer and distributor -- the notorious IPC, NPC and OMECO -- is heavily dependent on bunker fuel to go about with their syndicated business, i.e., to produce electricity.
Naisip ko lang: "Kailan kaya mapapag-usapan ang isyu ng global warming na pinapalala ng kasalukuyang elektripikasyon sa Mindoro dahil sa kanila mismong sistema ng paglikha ng elektrisidad?" Sa ngayon, ang mahalaga sa mga taga-Mindoro ay may ilaw sila (kahit pa nga ba hindi maaaring ihalintulad sa ibang lugar); at hindi pa kasama sa pagtaya ng lipunang Mindoro ang paggamit ng renewable source of energy.
In fairness, may nakausap na akong personalidad at grupong sibiko na nagnanais na magsimula upang masimulan at mapagyaman ang posibilidad ng paggamit ng hangin para panggalingan ng enerhiya. Pero dahil sa takot sa katotohanan ng byurukrasya ng pamahalaan, hanggang ngayon hindi pa rin nagiging realidad ang kanilang nasa kukote.
May isa pang nakakalungkot na katotohanan kasi, ... Ano yun?, maitatanong ninyo.
May sariling problema kasi ang OMECO -- ang kooperatibang hindi naman kooperatiba -- kaya't hindi pa bahagi ng mga pinagkakaabalahan nito ang ibang posibilidad ng pagkukunan ng enerhiya.. Halimbawa, napakalaking problema ng OMECO ang kontrata nito sa IPC. Ang OMECO, ibig sabihin, ang mga consumers ay apektado; samantalang ang pamunuan nito -- ang general manager at mga miyembro ng board of directors -- ay nakikinabang..
Sa katulad na dahilan, di nakakagawa ng hakbang ang OMECO kasi ang mismong lugar ng kanilang bakuran ay napaka-kalat... at nangangailangan ng seryosong paglilinis..

1 comment:

Angel said...

their like George W. Bush. the concerned persons probably never heard of the importance of reducing carbon emissions to lessen global warming. pwede siguro silang ilagay sa parilya para ma-feel nila yung effect.