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NEA chief lauds Biselco for exemplary performance on its 34th AGMA

For exhibiting exemplary performance, Busuanga Island Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Biselco) received commendation from no less than National Electrification Administration (NEA) chief Edgardo Masongsong during its 34th Annual General Membership Assembly on Tuesday (June 27).

Biselco held its AGMA at the Coron Coliseum in Barangay Poblacion, Coron, Palawan under the theme "A Breakthrough: Through Unity, Perseverance and String Relations with Member-Consumers and Stakeholders."

Some 1,200 member-consumer-owners (MCOs) of Biselco gathered to attend the event, which was highlighted by the presence of NEA Administrator Masongsong, who served as guest speaker, and Energy Undersecretary Benito Ranque, the guest of honor.

Masongsong, in his message, congratulated Biselco for its exemplary performance especially when it continued serving the consumers despite the calamities such as Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

He also presented the new NEA vision and directions anchored on the nine-point agenda of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and the five-point electricity agenda of President Duterte. He also introduced the National Center of Electric Cooperative Consumers, Inc. (NCECCO) and officiated the mass oath-taking for their membership to NCECCO.

Undersecretary Ranque, on the other hand, emphasized the role of rural electrification towards rural development as envisioned by the President in realizing the AmbisyonNatin 2040, the government's 25-year long-term vision to end poverty in the country.

Biselco is categorized as a medium-sized electric cooperative (EC) and an AA-rated EC with 100 percent collection efficiency, 10.38 percent system loss and a minimal unbundled average power rate for residential consumers of only P8.5449/kWh.

Though it still has to energize some 39 percent potential households or 9,000, Biselco is at present has a demand of more or less 4.7MW served by the Calamian Islands Power Corp. (CIPC), which has an installed capacity of 7.5MW in Coron and 910kW in Busuanga. ###

NEA, ADB bolster renewable energy initiatives

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is keen on collaborating with the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the electric cooperatives (ECs) under its charge to develop additional micro grid facilities and distributed energy resources (DER) in the country.

NEA Head Executive Assistant Atty. Vicar LoureenLofranco issued this statement following a three-day workshop on the subject sponsored by the ADB in its headquarters in Mandaluyong City last week.

Lofranco said ADB Senior Technical Advisor on Energy Dr. YongpingZhai expressed interest to continue working with the NEA in promoting clean and renewable energy (RE) in the Philippines by helping out on the mini-grid and DER projects of the agency.

This partnership aims to realize total rural electrification and development of the EC franchise areas, primarily those located in island municipalities or the remotest villages of on-grid power coops, she noted.

The workshop, held from June 21 to 23, was part of the capacity-building program of the NEA for non-profit rural energy companies and industry stakeholders to foster the establishment of more alternative sources of power especially in the outlying towns.

NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong appeared on the third-day of the event and spoke before 151 participants from 51 ECs about the importance of developing renewable energy to complete various electrification projects of the government.

“One of the agenda of the NEA is to carry out rural development through Rural Electrification Program. We realize that mini-grid systems offer a potent solution to remote communities without grid access,” Masongsong said as quoted by Lofranco.

“And so we must endeavor to pursue the use of mini-grids and distributed generation for increased access to power and obtain sustainable socioeconomic development in these far-flung areas,” the administrator added.

Lofranco said the participating ECs utilized the Hybrid Optimization of Multiple Energy Resources (Homer) model in their initial feasibility study for a potential micro grid system under the expert guidance of resource persons from the ADB Energy for All (E4ALL) Partnership.

Among those who shared their output were representatives of Camarines Sur IV Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Casureco-IV) from Luzon, Bohol I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Boheco-I) from Visayas, Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Dasureco) and South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Socoteco-II) from Mindanao.

“NEA continues to encourage the ECs to pursue the use of mini grids and distributed generation in its bid to provide reliable and adequate electrification service in remote and isolated areas in its franchise,” Lofranco said.

The NEA official cited the case of Romblon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Romelco) led by its general manager Engr. Rene Fajilagutan as one of the off-grid ECs already benefiting from using a similar technology.

Fajilagutan, who was present on the second day of the workshop, shared his story of bringing light to the far off Cobrador Island through a hybrid diesel power plant, a project also funded by ADB, which runs on renewable solar energy.

“The NEA is grateful of its longtime RE ally, the Asian Development Bank, for supporting this initiative and partnering with the agency in its many endeavors in the pursuit of development through the Rural Electrification Program,” Lofranco said.

Heavily involved in these undertakings are the NEA Office of Renewable Energy and Development (ORED) headed by Engr. Butch Silvano and the NEA-EC Training Institute (NETI) led by Director Nora Rivera. ###

Energy exec backs plans to expand NEA’s supervisory powers

BAGUIO CITY – The proposal by an overwhelming number of electric cooperatives in the country to expand the supervisory powers of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to other electricity distribution utilities has received support from a high-ranking official of the Department of Energy (DOE).

Speaking at the gathering of Board of Directors (BODs) from various electric cooperatives on Monday, Energy Undersecretary Benito Ranque committed to help NEA lobby Congress to extend the agency’s mandate by including private investors owned utilities (PIOUs) and private distribution utilities (PDUs).

“If you plan na ang NEA ay magiging authority at hindi administration lang, tutulungan ko kayo para lahat na service provider under na ng NEA. National Electrification Authority na ‘yon, hindi na administration, susuportahan ko ‘yon. Mag-lo-lobby ako sa Congress, sa presidente, para isa na lang,” Ranque said.

The Energy official was the guest speaker at the Rural Electric Cooperatives Board of Directors Association (Recoboda) in the Philippines – National Center of Electric Cooperative Consumers, Inc. (NCECCO) Conference hosted by the Benguet Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Beneco).

NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong earlier expressed the agency’s readiness to the EC’s call to convert the NEA from an “administration” to an “authority,” which means all power distribution utilities in the country, not just electric cooperatives, will be placed under its supervision.

“A National Electrification Authority, isang authority lang to supervise all DUs whether you are electric cooperative or you are pivate,” he said. “Maybe we can do that especially (now) that we have a President who is pro-people, pro electricity consumers. Maybe this is the time for us to lobby that we will have one agency supervising all DUs.”

The NEA supervises 121 electric cooperatives all over the country.

Displaced Lanao Sur power coop employees in Marawi get financial assistance, relief aid

ILIGAN CITY—Employees of the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Lasureco) displaced by the month-long armed clashes between the government forces and members of the Maute terror group in Marawi City have received financial assistance from different electric cooperatives (ECs).

National Electrification Administration (NEA) chief Edgardo Masongsong on Thursday, June 22, spearheaded the turnover of relief goods and financial assistance to Task Force Duterte Lanao Sur Power, which currently manages Lasureco, in a simple ceremony held at the cooperative's satellite office in Iligan City.

It was a joint undertaking of NEA and various electric cooperatives' organizations such as the National Center of Electric Cooperative Consumers, Inc. (NCECCO), the Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Directors Association, Inc. (Recoboda), and the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (Amreco).

Joining Masongsong at the ceremonial turnover were NCECCO national chairman and Recoboda president AkmadMamalinta, NEA Deputy Administrator Goldelio Rivera, Amreco President Sergio Dagooc, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) consultant PedritoBaculio, and representatives from GNPowerKauswagan.

The NEA, NCECCO, Recoboda and Amreco turned over some P130,000 in cash and P300,000 in checks for a total of P430,000 to Task Force Duterte Lanao Sur Power headed by Acting General Manager NordjianaDucol.

"I am really very thankful na apat na institusyon plus ang mga kooperatiba na nandito ngayon nagtulong-tulong, ipinapakita natin 'yung ating pakikiisa, 'yung ating pagtulong, 'yung ating pagmamahal sa bawat isa," Masongsong told Lasureco employees.

Likewise, the National Association of General Managers of Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (Nagmec) already passed a resolution granting some P150,000 while the NCECCO-Recoboda-Abdec (Association of Board of Directors of Electric Cooperatives, Inc.) are awaiting more donations to come next week.

Administrator Masongsong said the NEA has also approved the grant of financial assistance to Lasureco convertible to subsidy and it will be released on staggered basis starting next week for working capital use.

For her part, Ducol expressed her sincere thanks for the donations from various power coops and private companies. "Sa inyo po kami kumukuha lahat ng pag-asa para makabangon kami ulit," she said. "Nagpapasalamat po kami sa inyo. Sana hindi kayo magsawang tulungan kami."

In addition, the Task Force also received 412 boxes of relief goods from the NGCP. The GNPower, meanwhile, donated 25 packs of relief goods and 25 sacks of rice. The NGCP likewise promised to give an additional 745 boxes of relief goods.

The employees of Lasureco were among the thousands of civilians affected by hostilities in Marawi City. Since the fighting erupted on May 23, the Task Force Duterte has been continuously mobilizing its personnel to ensure the unhampered delivery of basic electricity services to the consumers within its franchise area. ###

Over 5,000 Beneco consumers take oath as new members of NCECCO

BAGUIO CITY—Some 5,300 member-consumers of the Benguet Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Beneco) on Saturday, June 17, took their oaths as new members of the National Center of Electric Cooperative Consumers, Inc. (NCECCO).

No less than National Electrification Administration (NEA) chief Edgardo R. Masongsong administered the mass oathtaking during Beneco's 37th Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA). 

Established last January, NCECCO is a national organization that seeks to empower all the electricity consumers nationwide. It serves as a movement of the electric cooperatives (ECs) and member-consumer-owners (MCOs) towards strategic positioning in the power industry and in pursuit of socio-political-economic-cultural-environmental development through rural electrification.

Masongsong was invited as guest speaker at the coop's AGMA held at the Baguio City National High School. He was joined by Energy Undersecretary Benito Ranque, Beneco Board President Rocky Aliping, and General Manager Gerardo Verzosa. 

In his message, Masongsong congratulated Beneco for earning several awards at the 2017 Lumens Awards of NEA held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte last April 28.

Among the awards that Beneco bagged were AAA EC, Single Digit System Loss for the Year, Best in Collection Performance Award, Lowest Power Rate, and Model Headquarters Facilities Award.

The NEA chief also took the opportunity to thank Beneco for its active participation in the Task Force Kapatid in the aftermath of Typhoons 'Lawin' and 'Karen.'

"Dahil tumulong kayo sa mga ibang electric cooperatives through Task Force Kapatid, napadali ang reconstruction ng linya, napadali ang pagbalik ng serbisyong kuryente sa bawat lugar na tinamaan ng bagyo," he said.

At the same time, Masongsong also apprised the member-consumers of Beneco of the new direction of NEA that is fully consistent with his seven-point electricity agenda.

Beneco's AGMA this year carried the theme “A New Dawn for Beneco: Pursuing Global Competitiveness.” ###



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