March 20, 2018
The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has welcomed the appointment of Atty. Janeene Depay-Colingan as the new Executive Director and General Manager of the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. (Philreca).
Philreca announced the appointment of Colingan on Monday, March 19, making her the first woman to take on the role. She replaced former Philreca general manager Wendell Ballesteros.
Philreca president Presley De Jesus said Colingan's extensive experience and impeccable track record made her the right fit to lead the association into its next phase.
"With her extensive knowledge and exposure in the operations and management of the electric cooperatives and our aspirations in the Rural Electrification Movement, we are confident that she would bring fresh ideas, innovations and strategic initiatives to our advocacy in support of rural electrification and consumer-driven reforms in the power industry," De Jesus said.
NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong welcomed Philreca's decision to designate Colingan as its general manager and executive director. He likewise expressed satisfaction with the changes being made by Philreca to make the organization more effective.
"Atty. Janeene Depay-Colingan is equipped with knowledge, skills and attitude required of the position and to take the cudgels in the execution of the policies, programs and projects set forth by the Board of Directors led by its dynamic and responsive president in the person of Presley De Jesus," the NEA chief said.
Meanwhile, National Center of Electric Cooperative Consumers, Inc. (NCECCO) national chairman Akmad Mamalinta extended his warmest congratulations to Colingan, and assured her of their support.
"Atty. Colingan is a well-respected figure in the EC sector. Her assumption as Executive Director of Philreca is a breath of fresh air. She has the support of NCECCO," Mamalinta said.
Colingan is currently the Consultant Coordinator of the Regulatory Affairs Office (RAO) Team of the NEA. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Banking and Finance, and a Bachelor of Laws from Saint Louis University, Baguio City.
Organized in July 1979, Philreca is a non-stock, non-profit national organization, which is comprised of 121 electric cooperatives operating in the country. Its member-ECs have provided electricity service for more than 12 million power consumers throughout the country. NEA