The publication "Power, Peace, and Place: Why firms account for their actions, Multi-stakeholder voices and the Therma South story" illustrates how strategic engagement by the Davao Multi-Stakeholder Group for Energy Concerns (DMGENCO) shaped the paradigm and practices of one of the biggest energy companies in the country and how different voices came together to pursue shared objectives. It trains the spotlight on the actors, rules, and processes central to the success and the challenges faced by those involved in this innovative model.
Power, Peace, and Place is a paradigmatic appeal to those who believe that power relations can be altered, peace can be achieved, and place can secure the bounties of lasting peace. The story of the DMGENCO attests to this notion – a collaboration between an energy firm, civil society actors, and local government executives that helped strengthen inclusive and conflict-sensitive strategies to guide new investments and plans for promoting energy production, management, and distribution across Mindanao.
DMGENCO is a multi-stakeholder body that monitors and assesses the political, social, economic, and environmental effects of the Therma South Inc. coal-fired power plant on people and communities and helps address different issues that emerge from the plant’s operations, including risks to community security and local cultures and practices. The dialogue group was established in 2013 through the partnership between Aboitiz Power Corp. and International Alert.
The DMGENCO story offers lessons on engagement and mobilization for companies, local governments, civil society, communities, and others seeking to create meaningful partnerships that will generate results that redound to better outcomes for communities where we are.
- Author(s):Phil Champain
- Date:December 2020