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  • GM Dino Roxas delivers the welcome remarks at the start of the 2-day Planning Session
  • Planning Session participants join the action relay
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  • AGM Lorenzo Bangcoy acts out the job description of  a BOHECO I employee
  • Consultant Belinda Sales-Canlas facilitates the 2-day Planning Session
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2-day Planning Session produces HR

Program for 3rd and 4th quarters, 2013

A two-day planning session on May 29-30, 2013 participated by a group of BOHECO I managers and staff produced the HR Program for 3rd and 4th quarters, 2013.

The objective of this program is to maximize the competencies, talents, abilities, and passions of each personnel, thus making them more productive workers.

The newly-crafted HR Program is subject to review by top management. 


BOHECO I: Legacy of the founders 
(A Special Feature) 

In the present days, electricity defines the quality of life. We could easily and promptly execute our work targets using electricity. We socialize via the internet; be entertained my many gadgets and appliances; updated with the latest news, and many more. It is a fact of life that electricity influences civilization. The greater the electricity demand, the higher the socio-economic growth.

Amazingly, the dazzling lights at night and the marvels provided by electric power are the substantial evidence of a great undertaking that may be buried in obscurity. It would be good to recall the strong influence inspired by those kind-hearted individuals who shared their gifts in realizing the “Impossible Dream” of bringing electric power to far-flung areas. The sweat, tears, and courageous act of the forerunners of rural electrification may be forgotten but their triumph will never die in vain.

Today while we are delighted by the service of electricity, let us recall and pay tribute to those responsible in the creation of BOHECO I upon which we anchor 42 years of daring and productive journey. A walk down memory lane tells us that rural electrification commenced when RA 6038 was enacted. It is the National Electrification Act of 1969 that created the National Electrification Administration (NEA) as the primary agency tasked to accomplish the objective of implementing total electrification of the country by “area coverage” through the Electric Cooperatives. Indeed, it was an “Impossible Dream” because in the 60’s electricity was just a myth in the minds of those living in the rural areas. It was a very ambitious program of the national government that proved a great challenge to local government leaders and advocates of rural electrification. Looking back, it probably became a national race for all provinces with the end-goal of fully energizing its coverage area. It became a long-winding journey anchored on the objective of providing electricity service to the countryside. This was when the silhouette of civilization shuns vividly. Of course, winners are to be proclaimed later on based on the criteria of the present generation. The vision of our past leaders will be judged many years after by those who enjoy and relish the fruit of their labor.

It should be remembered that on the 11th day of August, 1971, the dream of bringing light to the 26 municipalities of the province of Bohol was realized through the signing of the Articles of Incorporation by the original incorporators namely: Mr. Simeon Luayon (Tubigon), Engr. Jose Lungay (Catigbian), Atty Melchor Monreal (Loon), Mr. Eutropeo Gementiza (Antequera), Mrs Victoria Chatto (Balilihan), Mr. Felimon Ayaay (Calape), Mr. Segundino Mison (Clarin) Fr. Virgilio Chagas (San Isidro), and Mr. Constancio Doblas (Sagbayan). The historic event took place at the former Bohol School of Arts and Trades (BSAT), Tagbilaran City, now BISU in the presence of the Provincial Electrification Committee Team members namely: Atty. Getulio Calope, Mr. Michael Balio, Mr. Simeon Luayon, and Mr. Nieto Racho. It was the historic birth of Bohol I Electric Cooperative (BOHECO I).

BOHECO I was first managed by Atty. Getulio D. Calope from 1971 to 1975. It was during his term when the Coop’s first administration building was constructed. It was also the period that saw the historic arrival and unloading of the 3.5-MW diesel power generator which was delivered at Maca-as, Tubigon, Bohol, the chosen location for the plant site. The second general manager was Engr. Richard Alba, who held the position from 1976 to 1979. His significant contribution included the conduct of the district meetings and elections and the interconnection of the Coop’s distribution lines with the National Power Corporation power barge stationed then in Cortes, Bohol. Engr. Melchor Bobbis, the third general manager, a NEA designate serving from 1979 to 1980. Under his term, the first 5 MVA Maca-as substation was commissioned on July 28, 1979. The fourth general manager was Mr. Jaime Rosales who served the Coop from 1980 to 1983. His accomplishments included the signing of the mini-hydro loan agreement for the construction of the Janopol Mini-Hydro Electric Plant. During his incumbency, the Coop received the NEA award for highest attendance in annual meetings in 1982 and transforming the Coop to Category “A” in 1983. The fifth general manager was Engr. Carlos B. Itable, serving the Coop from 1983 to 2010. These years saw the Coop endured its ups and downs including the restoration of the Coop lines which were devastated by typhoons “Nitang” in the 80s and “Rufing” in the 90s. He was a regular employee who rose from the ranks, leading the Coop to the echelons of the multi-decorated electric cooperatives in the county. (Please visit www.boheco1.com.ph for a list of our corporate awards.) The highest of all these awards was the “Diamond Electric Cooperative Award” alongside the coveted “Diamond General Manager Award”, the highest award of excellence for electric cooperatives and for a general manager.

Presently the Coop is managed by Engr. Dino Nicolas Roxas, an employee who hailed from the Coop’s Power Generation Department. Interestingly, the new set of management is composed of new generation employees. The present management succeeded in maintaining the prestigious “Grand Diamond Electric Cooperative Award” and the latest NEA publication where BOHECO I was graded as among the Coops attaining the “AAA” rating during the first run of the EC overall performance assessment using Key Performance Standards. It is recognition of an electric cooperative’s good governance, strong leadership, and cooperation among employees towards excellent delivery of service to its member-consumers.

In this age and time, electricity is no longer a myth and the “Impossible Dream” is no longer impossible. BOHECO I visionaries can now rest on their laurels. Some of them may not have witnessed the colors adorning the walls of BOHECO I but we believe their souls rest quietly knowing that the light they dreamt of decades ago has come to fruition and the leadership torch has been passed on to strong and competent hands. There were a lot of them who indirectly or directly supported the realization of the rural electrification program but who remained anonymous up to now but their legacy has touched millions of lives.

To the pioneers of BOHECO I, we gladly express our gratitude for your valiant contributions.

The Boholano people’s magnanimous culture evidently contributed to the success of BOHECO I. The Coop prides itself of having cooperative employees and member-consumers who manifest the true meaning of cooperation.

True to the legacy of its founders, BOHECO I was declared as the first electric cooperative in the country to energize its coverage area. BOHECO I member-consumers were the first to witness the blazing electricity lights electrifying the remotest sitio of coverage.

To the Boholano people, this is BOHECO I’s contribution. – Tolits Baldapan

 


 

 ECs biennial e-ICPM workshop

 


BOHECO 1 turns 42

BOHECO I, Bohol’s pride has grown immeasurably by leaps and bounds through the years. Indeed, its “cup runneth over”. From its humble beginnings on August 11, 1971, it has expanded practically in all areas – from operations to physical expansion, as a distribution utility.It has evolved side by side with the evolving and dynamic power industry.

With a strong workforce of 307 plantilla personnel, it efficiently operates and maintains five substations namely: Maca-as Substation in Tubigon, Villarcayo Substation in Carmen, Loay Substation, Dampas Substation in Tagbilaran City, Maribojoc Substation, and Panglao Substation; 3,457 circuit kilometres of distribution lines; serves 128,236 households broken down into 108,580 residential, 1,075 residential (Cabilao), and 1,661 residential (Island Barangays); 5,332 commercial small, 328 commercial large; 33 industrial; 2,708 public buildings; and 8,519 street lights. It has a total combined asset of P1,545,494.00 as of June, 2013.

Maintaining its competitive advantage, BOHECO I has also diversified its operations by putting up the BOHECO I Sevilla Mini-Hydro Corporation. The distribution utility also owns and operates the Janopol Mini-Hydro power plant.The Sevilla mini-hydro power plant has a capacity of 2.5-megawatts while the Janopol mini-hydro power planthas a capacity of 5-megawatts. The combined power generation of both power plants supplies the 2.2-megawatt requirement of BOHECO I’s franchise area. The rest of the power requirement is supplied by the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market or WESM, Cebu Energy Development Corporation, and Sta. Clara Power Corporation.

Consistent upgrading and modernization of its equipment and facilities to be at par with industry standards is a leadership commitment. The electric cooperative invests in equipment, facilities, and modern transport to ensure a fast, efficient, and optimum delivery of services.

“BOHECO I: Lighting the Past; Blazing the Future”, a coffee table book discusses in detail the developing years of the distribution utility. It’s a must-read book since it walks you through the early beginnings of the electric cooperative: how it came to be; its early successes; the visionary leaders; among others. It is also a detailed description of the early years when power supply in the province’s municipalities was scanty and only available for a few hours daily.

Through the years, BOHECO I has been a consistent awardee of various awards coming from the National Electrification Administration. For 2011 alone, the electric cooperative garnered the following awards: Grand Diamond EC Award, Best in System Loss Performance Awards (Single Digit System Loss), Consistent Single Digit System Loss for the last 10 consecutive years, Best in Collection Performance Award, Best in Region Award, Award to an EC Regional Association that interacts regularly with each other via video link and Information Technology and informs the member consumers through printed materials and other means that tackle issues common to the ECs, and Consistent 100% Collection Performance for the last 15consecutive years.

BOHECO I does not rest on its laurels as it consistently advocates a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program that harmonizes the electric cooperative’s operations and its corporate responsibility towards the consumers it serves.Included in its holistic CSR package are Scholarship grants for deserving children of member-consumers, Brigada Pasiga, and other livelihood assistance projects.

The electric cooperative is also committed to the preservation of the environment through the Janopol watershed rehabilitation project. In 2012, 3,070 Mahogany seedlings were distributed to individuals who planted the same in alienable and disposal lands.

These seedlings were best planted in catchment areas in portions of Balilihan, Sevilla, Catigbian, and Sagbayan, and the whole of Carmen and Batuan, all in Bohol.As of December, 2012, BOHECO I has distributed a total of 197,273 seedlings covering 87.72 hectares of land.

BOHECO I invests P150,000.00 annually in the Janopol Watershed Rehabilitation Project. This is top management’s commitment to sustain the Janopol watershed.

BOHECO I is also a committed partner of the Multi-Sectoral Electrification Advisory Council (MSEAC). The organization of MSEAC is an offshoot of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA).The MSEAC strengthens the role of the electric cooperative’s member-consumers as important players in the rural electrification program under the changes and challenges of the EPIRA regime. 

The future looks very bright for BOHECO I as it continues to flesh out its Vision of “An electric cooperative with highly-professionalized services for customer delight.” Supportive of this vision is the cooperative’s mission “To deliver quality electric service for the cooperative's area coverage up to the last sitio as well as the delight of its customers and manpower.”

Indeed, BOHECO I consistently pioneers and carves its leadership role in the electrification of the Bohol countryside pushing the economic progress of these areas. We are proud of our humble beginnings, grateful of the people’s support, and inspired by our accomplishments even as we continue to deliver quality electric service to all. - BelSalesCanlas


 NGCP defers power interruption            

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines has deferred its scheduled power interruption on Saturday, August 3, 2013 to a later date due to operational constraints.

It may be recalled that the first schedule was set on July 27, 2013. However, owing to the Sandugo festivity, the power interruption was moved to August 3, 2013.

BOHECO I will announce the final schedule as soon as NGCP will send the official communique. BelSalesCanlas 


 

   

NCMB conducts Enhancing Workplace Relations Seminar 

The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment, conducted a day-long seminar on Enhancing Workplace Relations through Transformational Relationship and Productivity on July 25, 2013 at a restaurant in Tagbilaran City.

BOHECO I participants included Belinda Sales-Canlas, Consultant, Jobelle C. Mascariñas, Personnel Records Officer, and Salome R. Auza, House Wiring Records Clerk.

Topics included Updates on the programs of NCMB, Communication, Quality and Productivity, and the Family Welfare Program. - BelSalesCanlas


Basic Journalism Seminar

To flesh out its new Training Plan and to further equip its editorial team, Bohol I Electric Cooperative, Inc. implemented the Basic Journalism Seminar for managers and personnel on June 14-15, 2013 at BOHECO I Function Room in Cabulijan, Tubigon, Bohol. Resource person was Ms. Fiel Angeli E. Araoarao-Gabin of the City Government of Tagbilaran. 

Participants of the seminar are expected to form the Editorial Board of the newsletter and introduce changes in the upcoming issues of the publication. - JAA