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Southern Leyte coop pledges support to new NEA policy thrusts

National Electrification Administration (NEA) chief Edgardo Masongsong conferred with the management staff of the Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Soleco) during his visit to its headquarters Thursday (March 30) in Maasin City, Southern Leyte.

Masongsong met with its Board of Directors led by its current president, Atty. Marian Donayre-Pelin, Directors Rosello Gerong and Porferio Bantugan, General Manager Jonathan Empeño and NEA representative Antonio Catre to encourage the Soleco management to implement programs in line with new policy initiatives of the agency, particularly that on the Competitive Selection Process on Power Supply Agreements.

"These initiatives are aimed at realizing President Duterte's call for fair and transparent procedures in the energy sector, without denigrating the development goals of rural electrification," Masongsong said.

Soleco powers 19 towns in Southern Leyte and has consistently received AAA rating from the agency for four consecutive years among the electric cooperatives in Eastern Visayas.

Shortly after, Masongsong went to the provincial capitol to speak with Governor Damian Mercado who sought the assistance of the national government through the NEA for the installation of a submarine cable from the mainland to Limasawa Island.

The governor hopes to obtain the equipment in time for the 500th anniversary of the historic first Catholic Mass in the country on March 31, 2021, which is expected to draw tourists. Mercado said he is looking forward to the arrival of a cruise ship from Europe to join the commemoration.

The construction of ports in the island municipality and the airport in Maasin City courtesy of the Department of Tourism and Department of Transportation is also reportedly being fast tracked in light of the event.

The provincial government saw that power supply is crucial to its ongoing preparations hence connecting the island to the grid was deemed necessary. Moreover, such developments aim to jumpstart the local economy, not only in Southern Leyte but in the provinces of Leyte and Bohol, to as far as the northeastern localities of Mindanao.


BOHECO I Conducts Districts Elections

             Article 1, Section 3, sub-paragraph (a) of the Coop By-laws states that, “in not less than thirty (30) days nor more than sixty (60) days before the annual meeting of the cooperative as provided for in the By-Laws, election shall be held for districts where the terms of office of the incumbent board members are due to expire. The thirty (30) days shall reckoned from the date of the last elections scheduled for the year.”

                The terms of office of the incumbent board members will expire on April 22, 2017 during the 38th Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) of the cooperative.

                The Board on their Special meeting held last December 23, 2016 called and scheduled the elections of districts 4, 5 and 8 on February 19, 2017, March 5, 2017 and March 19, 2017 respectively.

                Written notices stating the purpose, place and time of the election, Election Posters, Voters Masterlist and the deadline for filing of Certificate of Candidacy were posted in strategic areas within the voting district not less than twenty (20) days before election. Leaflets were also distributed to the member-consumers through the barangay officials. Municipal Mayors of the concerned district were also informed regarding the coop activity and the Schools Division Superintendent for the use of school classrooms as voting precincts.

                Other information were posted in the coop website and also aired over radio stations DYTR and DYDL during the coop weekly radio program.

New hydropower plant to generate 250 MW for Bukidnon

In a bid to ensure reliable supply of electricity in Mindanao, First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FIBECO) and Pulangui Hydro Power Corporation (PHPC) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 8 to kick off the construction of the 250-MW Pulangui 5 hydro power plant in Bukidnon. 

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and National Electrification Administration (NEA) Chief Edgardo Masongsong were on hand during the signing ceremony at Solaire Resorts and Casino, Pasay City. 

"The construction of Pulangui 5 will be the beginning of the realization of our goal to jumpstart economic activity in Mindanao and ensure sustainable power supply for the country,” said Masongsong, who, like Sen. Zubiri is from Mindandao. 

According to the NEA chief, the NEA and its partner electric cooperatives are actively involved in securing investments in power plant projects "not only to address our growing energy requirements, but also to achieve the social and economic change envisioned by President Rodrigo R. Duterte for the country.”

The Pulangui 5 hydro power plant, valued at US$800 million, is expected to be completed in 2020 or 2021.

According to Masongsong, “FIBECO will be part owner of the power plant, with shares of stock under negotiation.” 

“The construction of Pulangui 5 is in line with the thrust of the NEA to generate greater efficiencies in the power distribution system of the electric cooperatives," stressed the former legislator. 

"Revenues from the project will contribute to the reduction of power rates for electricity consumers in the franchise of the EC." 

During the ceremony, FIBECO was represented by the Board of Directors and Management led by its President, Director Romeo Pacanan, and General Manager, Rey Balaba. 

Meanwhile, PHPC was led by Chairman Michael Chen, together with consultant Dr. Regin Mordeno and Mr Sean Lin of Energy China.

NEA guns for solutions to ARRM coops’ woes

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.

NEA activates task force to take over Davao del Norte power coop

National Electrification Administration (NEA) Chief Edgardo R. Masongsong said that a task force is officially being activated by the Agency on March 01, 2017 to take over the operations and management of the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative. Inc. (Daneco).

At the NEA-ECs Media Relations Convocation held on February 21, 2017, Masongsong said, “we are forming Task Force Duterte Northern Davao Power to decisively bring closure to the legal problems that have hounded Daneco, and that have consequently affected its Member-Consumer-Owners (MCOs).”

“This is consistent with the provisions of the Republic Act 10531, which empowers NEA to supervise all electric cooperatives, whether NEA or CDA-registered, as well as with the decisions of the Supreme Court in G.R. Nos. 213243-48 and G.R. No. 213740, which uphold NEA’s juridical role to manage Daneco.”

According to the Administrator, “Task Force Duterte Northern Davao Power will form part of the Agency’s strategies to effect transparency and reform in the operations of electric cooperatives nationwide, and will be aligned with the pro-people cause of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.”

Specifically, the task force is directed to implement the decision of the Supreme Court, as well as secure a memorandum of support from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of National Defense (DND), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), and other government agencies in undertaking actions that will lead to the cessation of CDA’s role in Daneco’s operations.

It will likewise be given powers “to review the governance policies and practices of the cooperative to ensure that its performance meets or even exceeds the parameters and standards set by the NEA for all power coops.”

Under the EC’s Performance Assessment, power coops are required to have at least one month power and non-power cost in their cash general fund. They are also mandated to have at least 95% collection efficiency and a system loss below the 13% cap, and must register positive standing in their profitability and net worth. Their accounts payable must also be current or restructured current.

“As we continue to build a platform of change, NEA will see to it that the welfare of the power consumers is consistently given attention and that our power coops are capacitated to respond to the growing expectations of their membership,” Administrator Masongsong said.

“NEA will exert all efforts to ensure that our power coops become vital link to our goal of guaranteeing reliable, sustainable, and affordable power supply for all.”




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