In the drive to find solutions to the problems besetting the electric cooperatives (ECs) in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), NEA Administrator Edgardo R. Masongsong has called for the first time a consultative conference with Board of Directors, General Managers, and Management Staff of Magelco, Baselco, Suleco, Tawelco, Siaselco and Lanao Sur Power Cooperative (or Lasureco) at the NEA headquarters in Quezon City on 13 March 2017.
The Administrator said, “As we build momentum towards the full revitalization of ARMM, I want to assure our ECs and all the stakeholders in the Region that NEA will continue to instigate initiatives that will bring power to the unelectrified areas and hasten the delivery of efficient electricity service to spur livelihood opportunities for the people in ARMM.”
ARMM Vice Governor Haroun Alrashid A. Lucman Jr., Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mamintal “Bombit” A. Adiong, Jr., Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Assistant Secretary and Executive Director Romeo M. Montenegro were among those who attended, shared inputs and proposed solutions to improve governance, recover organizational effectiveness and advance overall operational efficiency of the ECs.
“NEA is strengthening its communication lines to all sectors of government to realize a reliable and efficient electrification program for the member-consumer-owners in the countryside. This is in line with the directive of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to adopt a pro-poor approach to governance and take-up the cause of the poorest of the poor in any way possible,” Administrator Masongsong added.
Aside from ARMM, MinDA and Province of Lanao del Sur, top executives from the local government units (LGUs and National Government Agencies (NGAs) operating in the Region were also in attendance namely: Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), Department of National Defense (DND), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), National Power Corporation (NPC), Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corporation,
An inter-agency coordinating committee has been created to meet again to finalize plans, programs, projects and activities before meeting with the President to seek his support towards total development of the Region.