Prevention is better than cure.
This maybe the mantra of National Grid Corporation (NGCP) President Anthony Almeda, that’s why his staff are reportedly conducting strict monitoring not only of the documents but even the gifts that were being sent in their office as part of their standard protocol against the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).
Bilyonaryo learned from a reliable source that Almeda sometime this week decided to return a fruit basket gift sent to him by National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) President Melvin Matibag, amid the COVID-19 scare.
“Thank you for the fruit basket. While we appreciate your gesture, we are forced to return your token as part of our COVID-19 protocol,” Almeda told Matibag in his March 11 letter.
Matibag last November told members of the Senate finance panel that it was “possible” to control the NGCP’s operation from a distant area considering “the technological advancement right now in telecommunications.”
But NGCP spokesperson Cynthia Alabanza shrugged off Matibag’s claim, saying that their supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA)—the system that operates the grid—is a stand-alone and self-contained unit that cannot be accessed through the internet.
Matibag earlier this year was in hot water after it was discovered during a House inquiry that his wife was actually an incorporator in a company that operates in the multi-billion wholesale electricity spot market industry (WESM) despite having only P7,000 start-up capitalization.
Matibag’s wife, Ma. Rene Ann Lourdes Garcia-Matibag was one of the seven original incorporators of the Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines Inc., (IEMOP), the private firm that runs WESM.