It is “outrageous, disgusting and a great impudence the terrible service” provided by privatized companies, such as those that supply electricity that with their daily blackouts, daily harm Panamanians, said Professor Nelva Reyes, Secretary General of the Central General of Workers of Panama (CGTP).

For the union leader, “the governments have given the advantages to these foreign companies that do whatever they want in the country”, without anyone making them fulfill their commitment to provide a good and professional service.

In Arraiján, the locals constantly complain about daily blackouts, as in the rest of the country, without receiving a satisfactory response to their complaints so far.

The disrespect of these companies “is uncontrollable”, as what happened in the Paseo Blanca Mejía, in Guararé, where the electricity company indiscriminately cut down a series of trees in the so-called “green tunnel”, although later and due to pressure from the public and the local mayor’s office, promised to compensate the ecological damage caused, Reyes recalled.

The CGTP leader pointed out that “in Las Tablas every week the electricity goes out for up to 35 hours, while in Arraiján, up to 40 hours, damaging everything that people have in the refrigerator and the worst thing is that“ you have to saddle up a rooster, for the companies to compensate the damages, because the Public Services Authority (ASEP) seems to be there to defend the companies and not the Panamanians ”.

He assured that “it is outrageous how the bills have been doubled in the electricity bill, and even people are even humiliated when they make claims, since the companies never give them valid explanations, but evasive and constant dizziness.”

The CGTP has been fighting for years to have electricity installed in the Loma Bonita and La Gavilana communities in Tortí, but this is slow, due to the little interest of the authorities of this government and previous ones, assured Nelva Reyes.

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