MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato: No hearing was held at the Kidapawan Town Hall of Justice in North Cotabato because the power supply was cut off by the electric co-op.
The Cotabato Electric Cooperative (Cotelco) cut power to the Kidapawan Courthouse building that houses the regional trial courts and the Attorney General’s Office (PAO) after failing to pay its electricity bill amounting to over 300,000 pesos.
Cotelco Managing Director Ing. Godofredo Homez said the cooperative needs the payment to be able to pay the electricity supplier.
“We have no choice but to shut off the power supply,” Homez said. “We have taken into account previous payment delays due to the Covid pandemic. The time has come to cut off the electricity in accordance with the cooperative policy,” he added. According to a court employee, the Supreme Court is paying the bills in the courtroom. Justice and the process has been constantly interrupted due to the pandemic.
Requests for funds for maintenance and other running expenses have been referred to the High Court, but the court has yet to send the funds.
Kidapawan Town PAO asks its customers to understand as it cannot fully serve them due to lack of electricity.
“Please indulge us, for over a week we have had no electricity at the courthouse due to unpaid electricity bills,” PAO-Kidapawan said in Thursday. an opinion.
“This problem is being resolved and power will be restored in due course,” he added.
However, PAO said it still offers services such as legal advice and legalization of out-of-the-box legal documents such as personal data sheets and asset, liability and value statements. net for legalization that no longer require printing or photocopying.
The PAO and the court judges will seek the help of the city and the provincial governments to cover the electricity bill so that the electricity is restored, the amount to be reimbursed later.