President Medina "Cops A Plea"...Blames "IMF" For Dominican "Electricity Problem"!

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President Medina "Cops A Plea"...Blames "IMF" For Dominican "Electricity Problem"!

In TRUE Dominican Form, President of the DR, Danilo Medina says,"No Es Nuestra Culpa" (It's NOT OUR FAULT)
He blames the International Monetary Fund(Owed more than a billion dollars by the DR!) for the problem.
He says that the "IMF" thinks the problem of "shortfall in payments for electricity produced each month should be reduced.
"Duh!"
Guess he skipped "Economics 101"

You know, where they teach that producers should expect to be paid for their products or services.
The "IMF" is no "Angel", but "Gimmy A Break!"
Looks like "Same Ol', Same Ol'" from the DR Government!
"God Help Us!
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See DR1 Daily News for the whole pathetic story.
 

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More from today's DR1 News [you should all read it every day!!]

Medina blames IMF for electricity crisis


President Danilo Medina says that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is "fundamentally responsible" for the financial crisis that affects the Dominican electricity sector, because the specialists from the multilateral financial agency have always believed that the energy problem could be resolved by increasing collections, addressing the technical losses and reducing energy theft.

Medina said that the issues go far beyond these problems. He said that "there are interests in the electricity sector that need to be dealt with. We cannot continue with the current model. We have to deal with it and we will do this through an electricity pact just as we will do with education."

His comments, made after he left the meeting of the Economic and Social Council when he presented the fiscal pact, are now being reported by the press. Medina said that nobody could increase collections with a magic wand. According to data from the electricity sector, the distributors (Edes) purchase US$190 million in electricity each month but only collect US$120 million from consumers, of which US$35 million have to go towards administrative expenses. This creates an annual shortfall of US$1.2 billion. He added that the problem was not the fault of Celso Marranzini, Cesar Sanchez or any of the other heads of the CDEEE. He said it was structural and they will have to deal with it.

Danilo afirma hay que revisar la estructura del negocio el?ctrico - ElDia.com.do
 

Castle

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"US$ 35 million in administrative expenses" every month seems a bit too much. I would love to see that number broken down into categories...
 

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"Leonel's brother was on the EEDESUR payroll for $2,000 US a month years ago.
AND, he lived in New York City at the time!
You do the math!
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belgiank

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Come on, it is easy to do the math...

Average Edenorte office.... around 10 girls sitting on their ass, calling their boyfriends. 2 of them will actually be doing something. One of them is the one trained in saying "no" to any complaint, the other one is very good at collecting bills.

The average time of dealing with a simple complaint is 45 minutes. This is the client trying to make a valid point for 43 minutes, and the "no" girl repeating the same word over and over for the remaining 2 minutes.

We have friends here, who actually want to pay their fair share of electricity used, after they bought their house. They were told by Edenorte that they were outside of the grid, and they could not be bothered to install a meter at their house. So they have been getting free luz for over 2 years now, as is the barrio (and this consists of several hundred houses) behind them. Why not charge all of those people a fixed amount per month????

We know people on a large finca, who use a hell of a lot of electricity. Air, pool, several freezers, several fridges, high watt security lights at night, several workers who live on the property also use luz, and they pay 1,000 rds per month.

When we arrived in Jarabacoa, 3 years ago, we rented a house. The landlord told us to pay 1,000 rds per month for luz. I thought this was a good deal, until I discovered he never paid it to the electric company, and they shut us off. I went to the company and got myself the same contract, for 580 rds per month.

I have no problem paying for luz... but hey... the majority of the locals here pay nothing, or a fraction of what they use.

And it is easy to correct... Same rules for all people... You do not pay, you get no luz...

BelgianK
 

nas

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The IMF should be partially blamed for this fiasco.

Why do they insist on continuing to lend the DR money? They know the government is corrupt.
They know very well the problem with the electrical companies. They should know very well of all the problems in DR.
So, why do they do it?

Before Danilo took office, the IMF had $158 mil waiting for him. Why?

When the US housing market crashed, the bankers were blamed for making the bad loans, deservingly so.
I don't see a difference here.

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nas

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It all comes down to the rule of law. if you dont have that, everything else false apart, including electricity collections.
You got it! but as you know, there is no rule of law in DR.

Here is the problem.. A lot of people want to treat electricity as an entitlement.

A lot more, are simply taking advantage of it. They could rationalize it as follows: Hey, if the big people don't pay electricity, why should we?

As dumbfounded as it might sound, one could see their rational. :chinese:
 

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Chris:
Did you really expect Medina to take any responsibility. It is a lot easier to blame an outside third party. Enough is enough. How about developing an action plan that will begin to solve this problem. Medina needs to do what he was elected to do, be a problem solver. Start thinking outside the box for cheaper more reliable energy. How about this. A garbage burning steam plant. That would solve two major problems, collection and disposal of garbage and cheap steam generated turbine energy or the use of solar energy steam plant. Medina, stop playing the blame game and show us what you got.

LTSteve
 

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Not even a mano dura can solve the problems here. No one follows the basic laws here. Everyone (the DR citizenry) expects to get all for free because it's their birth right.
 

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Since I worked for the Government of three Presidents here,I can ASSURE you that "Things" will NEVER CHANGE!
The poor people may get free electricity, but government "Hacks" get EVERYTHING for free.
It's a DREAM WORLD for them!
All your meals are paid for.
Restaurant bills,just turn them in for your "Re-Embolso"!
You charge everything to the place where you work.
Wanna put an addition on your house?
No Problemo!
Even the guys who do the work,and all the materials are paid for.
And they don't make ANY attempt to cover it up.
They are NOT ASHAMED of it!
"Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here"
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belgiank

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Since I worked for the Government of three Presidents here,I can ASSURE you that "Things" will NEVER CHANGE!
The poor people may get free electricity, but government "Hacks" get EVERYTHING for free.
It's a DREAM WORLD for them!
All your meals are paid for.
Restaurant bills,just turn them in for your "Re-Embolso"!
You charge everything to the place where you work.
Wanna put an addition on your house?
No Problemo!
Even the guys who do the work,and all the materials are paid for.
And they don't make ANY attempt to cover it up.
They are NOT ASHAMED of it!
"Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here"
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I WANT A GOVERNMENT JOB!!! WHERE DO I APPLY??? WHO DO I HAVE TO PAY OFF!!!

Mind you, what is different from 1st world countries? Very simple, there they do exactly the same, but are a lot more discreet about it.

When I was on the municipal board of sports, the government official showed up for the meetings. I was a bit (too) curious why he bothered to show up, to play with his iphone all the time, and he never said a word. The reason was simple... He got 2,500 euro as basic salary, but if he showed up at those meetings, he would get an additional 750 euro per meeting (2-hour meetings). He was responsible for sports (1 meeting), culture (2 meetings), and children's welfare (4 meetings). Every meeting of the community council he attended he got 250 euro (4 per month). So his salary ended up being 2,500 + 5,250, + 1,000 euro, or the nice total of 8,750 euro per month. For doing absolutely nothing...

One of our princes managed to get his house restored by the NAVY!!! Mind you, he was as far from the sea as you can be in Belgium. To be honest, when it was discovered, he had to pay it back.

How much do you think the president of the US makes for real. Not talking about his official salary, but about everything together. Or the senators?

All of them are not ashamed of it either, they just hide it better.

BelgianK
 

the gorgon

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Since I worked for the Government of three Presidents here,I can ASSURE you that "Things" will NEVER CHANGE!
The poor people may get free electricity, but government "Hacks" get EVERYTHING for free.
It's a DREAM WORLD for them!
All your meals are paid for.
Restaurant bills,just turn them in for your "Re-Embolso"!
You charge everything to the place where you work.
Wanna put an addition on your house?
No Problemo!
Even the guys who do the work,and all the materials are paid for.
And they don't make ANY attempt to cover it up.
They are NOT ASHAMED of it!
"Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here"
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as a guy from Oregon said to me once" there is no hope for the DR to change. it is what it was meant to be". he lived here for 10 years, and went back home. you cannot fix this place with revenue. the only solution would be brain transplants. when people do not have the fundamental capacity for introspection, you cannot expect progress.. blaming everything on someone, or something else is a sure sign of immaturity, and lack of preparedness to advance.
 

the gorgon

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Since I worked for the Government of three Presidents here,I can ASSURE you that "Things" will NEVER CHANGE!
The poor people may get free electricity, but government "Hacks" get EVERYTHING for free.
It's a DREAM WORLD for them!
All your meals are paid for.
Restaurant bills,just turn them in for your "Re-Embolso"!
You charge everything to the place where you work.
Wanna put an addition on your house?
No Problemo!
Even the guys who do the work,and all the materials are paid for.
And they don't make ANY attempt to cover it up.
They are NOT ASHAMED of it!
"Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here"
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Criss, are you serious when you say that a guy can charge a meal at Vesuvius to his job? tell me that you are exaggerating...please
 

the gorgon

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"US$ 35 million in administrative expenses" every month seems a bit too much. I would love to see that number broken down into categories...
you want the breakdown? here it is

1) 20%, or 7 million, in actual costs

2) 80%, or 28 million stolen by the usual suspects.

that was easy, wasn't it?
 

lisagauss

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as a guy from Oregon said to me once" there is no hope for the DR to change. it is what it was meant to be". he lived here for 10 years, and went back home. you cannot fix this place with revenue. the only solution would be brain transplants. when people do not have the fundamental capacity for introspection, you cannot expect progress.. blaming everything on someone, or something else is a sure sign of immaturity, and lack of preparedness to advance.
To change the DR it would take the current adults/generation to teach the younger generation; but how can they do this if they are corrupt? Its just a cycle. My father always says, "Esto es lo que heredamos de Trujillo".