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NEA rehab team of Abreco achieves another milestone

More than two months after the National Electrification Administration (NEA) exercised its step-in rights over Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco), the ailing power distribution utility has undergone many significant changes to enhance its operational efficiency.

Abreco Acting General Manager Charito Mabitazan recently submitted a report detailing the accomplishments and reforms the Task Force Duterte Abra Power and the NEA management team have made during the first two months of their rehabilitation efforts.

Mabitazan said Abreco's power bills to Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) and National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) amounting to P27.5 million and P7.6 million, respectively, for the month of March were already paid.

The official explained that the P7-million increase in power bills was due to hike in WESM (wholesale electricity spot market) rate.

During their Board meeting on April 23, NEA Deputy Administrator Atty. Goldelio Rivera, who is also the chairman of the Task Force, said various reforms were discussed including improvement of the billing and collection system, and procurement of power supply under a bilateral contract with a power supplier or under an aggregation with other electric cooperatives.

The new management also instituted financial, institutional and technical reforms, such as organizational downsizing, implementation of an effective collection strategy, creation of the Multi-Sectoral Electrification Advisory Council (MSEAC) in nine districts of Abreco, formulation of a 100-Day Strategic Development Plan, and submission of a proposed organizational structure of the co-op.

"Once everything is in place, we will recommend for the conduct of district elections and turn over the management and operations to Abrenians, who are the true owners of Abreco," Deputy Administrator Rivera said.

On February 9, the NEA was constrained to take over the operations and management of Abreco due to significant adverse audit findings, and notices of default and suspension issued by PEMC which stemmed from the co-op's non-payment of power bills amounting to over P200 million.

Among the adverse audit findings were overcharging of generation rates amounting to P128 million from July 2015 to October 2016 alone; non-submission of pertinent documents on the utilization of subsidy funds; non-observance of procurement procedures; questionable transactions including the reconditioning, testing and commissioning of 5MVA Substation; purchases from favored suppliers; irregular disbursements for EC vehicles; irregular payments of benefits, per diems and allowances; and borrowing money from various resources at usurious interest rates ranging from 6 percent to 8 percent a month.

To recall, NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong issued Office Order No. 2017-168 in September last year creating the Task Force Duterte Abra Power to rehabilitate Abreco. The order was pursuant to Section 5 (a) Chapter II and Sections 4-A and B of Presidential Decree No. 269, as amended by Republic Act No. 10531. NEA

NEA, ROMELCO Break Ground on 900 Kw Wind Turbine Project in Romblon

National Electrification Administration (NEA) chief Edgardo Masongsong recently led the groundbreaking of a 900-kilowatt (kW) wind turbine power plant in Romblon, Romblon, which is seen to contribute significantly to the growing energy needs of the island.

The wind turbine farm is a joint venture between the Romblon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Romelco) and Japanese firm Komaihaltec, Inc. with assistance from the Ministry of the Environment of Japan. The P242-million project is expected to be completed this November.

In his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony held on April 22, Masongsong commended Romelco, under the leadership of General Manager Rene Fajilagutan and Board of Directors headed by president Diogenes Hilario Magallon, for continuing to lead by example in renewable energy (RE) projects.

The NEA chief described Romelco as a "trendsetter" for electric cooperatives in terms of RE development, citing the bold steps the power distribution utility has taken to achieve the target it has ambitiously set for itself.

Romelco aims to increase the percentage of its indigenous sources of power from the current 45 percent to 90 percent by 2020.

"It's a very tall order envisioning a 90 percent source of power from renewables for Romblon. This is actually protecting the environment by minimizing Romelco's carbon footprint at the same time maximizing the benefits from indigenous sources of energy. This is something that electric cooperatives must emulate," Masongsong said.

The project is comprised of three wind turbines located in Barangays Bagacay, Lonos and Agnay in the Municipality of Romblon. Each wind turbine has a power generating capacity of 300 kW, totaling 900 kW.

Masongsong said there are more benefits from the project besides providing a low-cost and reliable electricity and contributing to the energy requirements of the island. This venture also brings environmental and economic benefits to the province, he said.

Romblon Mayor Mariano Mateo agreed, saying that the future looks bright for the province as the wind turbine project will not only address the increasing power consumption of thousands of their residents but it will also attract tourists.

Meanwhile, Fajilagutan said 50 percent of the total cost of the project is funded through a grant from the Ministry of the Environment of Japan while the other half is shouldered by Japanese wind turbine manufacturer, Komaihaltec.

Once up and running, the Romelco executive said the wind turbines will be leased to them for four years at P6.19 per kilowatt hour (kWh) without value added taxes.

"It will be based on the actual production, actual output of the wind turbine generator. No fixed amount per month. After four years, the power plant will be turned over to Romelco," Fajilagutan said.

The wind project is among the many initiatives of Romelco aimed at contributing to the sustainable development of the province while helping curb the effects of climate change. Its other RE projects include a two-megawatt (2 MW) biomass power plant and three more units of mini-hydro power plants.

Romelco recently acquired a 2.5 MW diesel power plant as initial support to the wind farm. On top of these, it also has 30-kW solar diesel hybrid generation system, which provides 24/7 electricity to some 900 households on Cobrador Island; and 1,350-kW mini hydro power plant in Cantingas, San Fernando, Sibuyan Island.

Masongsong spent his weekend visiting Romblon to keynote the 26th Annual General Membership Assembly of Romelco on April 21 held in Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island, which drew some 1,233 member-consumer-owners (MCOs) in attendance.

A triple-A rated EC, Romelco is one of the distributors of electricity in the province of Romblon. Included in its franchise are the municipalities of Romblon, San Fernando, Cajidiocan, Magdiwang, Banton, and Corcuera. NEA

NEA inks deal with Japanese firm to improve power distribution system, serve more communities in Mindanao


April 17, 2018


The National Electrification Administration (NEA) recently entered into a contract with a Japanese firm for the procurement of distribution line materials and brand new boom trucks which will be used to rehabilitate the power distribution system of the six electric cooperatives (ECS) operating in Mindanao.

General trading company, Nishizawa Limited, bested the four other Japanese participants in the bidding for the "Project for Improvement of Equipment for Power Distribution in Bangsamoro Area."

The project will be financed through a grant aid worth 771-million yen extended by the Government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Philippine government, which was signed on March 30, 2017.

As the winning bidder, Nishizawa Limited will supply and deliver the power distribution equipment and materials, such as boom trucks (16 units), transformers (425 units), poles, and wires to the six beneficiary ECs in Mindanao.

The Japanese firm will also be in charge of the implementation of training focusing on the handling of insulated wire and operation training of the boom trucks.

The project recipients are Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Lasureco), Maguindanao Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Magelco), Basilan Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Baselco), Sulu Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Suleco), Tawi-Tawi Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Tawelco), and Siasi Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Siaselco).

"The Philippine government thru NEA expresses deep appreciation to the Japanese government thru JICA for its immediate response to the call of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to help the country’s electrification program in the rural ARMM," Administrator Edgardo Masongsong said.

"The assistance will further the development of the ARMM, especially the BASULTA (Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi) area which had been identified by the President as a priority for socio-economic development," the NEA chief added.

Signing the contract were NEA Deputy Administrator for Technical Services Engr. Artis Nikki Tortola and Nishizawa Limited project manager Sumio Fujioka at the office of Oriental Consultants Global Co., Ltd., JICA consultant, on April 3, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

Also present at the ceremony was NEA Engineering Department manager Engr. Ferdinand Villareal.NEA

Fast-Track EC-Led Initiatives in Aid of Rural Electrification Developments


April 16, 2018

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) encouraged members of the Northeast Luzon Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. (Neleca) to remain actively engaged on massive efforts aimed at unifying their communities in aid of rural electrification developments.

Administrator Edgardo Masongsong made the statement citing the demand for all electric cooperatives (ECs) to prove that they are operationally efficient, if only to silence their critics and detractors in the electric power industry.

Masongsong, in his remarks, recognized the role of Area Managers and CWD Officers as vital frontliners in helping to promote and protect the rights and interests of the member-consumer-owners (MCOs) within their respective coverage areas.

“We need to make the ECs excellently performing because there are several threats facing our [sector],” Masongsong told Neleca officials during a meeting hosted by the Batanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Batanelco) in Basco, Batanes last week.

“On the other hand, our national movement has been working hard to show our political leaders and the private sector that we are excellently performing so we need to strengthen our movement,” he added.

The NEA chief called specifically for the fast-tracking of various EC-led initiatives including the creation of a national headquarters, a savings bank, and a foundation that would cater to the needs of all community-owned distribution utilities in times of distress.

“While we are not praying for calamities to happen, even as it almost seems to be the new normal now, I think having a One EC Network Task Force Kapatiran Foundation to readily assist disaster-stricken power co-ops [will serve our communities well],” Masongsong said.

The Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. (Philreca), Philippine Federation of Electric Cooperatives (Philfeco) and other allied EC organizations nationwide are expected to support this endeavor.

The administrator likewise proposed that Neleca officials speed up the organization of their member-consumer-owners under the Member-Consumers Empowerment Program (MCEP) to help them achieve these goals. “We have a lot of things to do so we need to move fast,” he said.

Masongsong told them he is even willing to spend his time with the board of directors, general managers, department managers and staff of Neleca-linked ECs to teach them everything they need to know about MCEP so it can finally take-off in their respective co-ops.

Neleca is composed of Batanelco and eight other community-owned distribution utilities namely Cagelco I & II in Cagayan province, Ifelco in Ifugao, Iselco I & II in Isabela, Kaelco in Kalinga, Nuvelco in Nueva Vizcaya and Quirelco in Quirino.

Their nearly two-hour meeting resulted in key agreements such as the P50,000 monthly contribution of each EC to fund their advocacies. Neleca president Presley De Jesus of Iselco I said this is necessary for them to be on equal legal footing with their big corporate rivals.

At the same time, De Jesus reiterated the need for Neleca to hasten the creation of a Regional Procurement Project Committee, which would ease the process of purchasing power supply equipment especially for ECs that are located in topographically challenging areas like Batanelco.

“Calamity season is coming up hence we need to have a regionalized procurement (system) so we can stock up (on power supply materials) and disperse it at the same in case these calamities strike,” said De Jesus, who is also the incumbent president of Philreca.

Other topics discussed during the recently concluded Neleca meeting are the individual concerns of each member ECs, progress reports on their Sitio Electrification Program-funded projects, as well as updates on their system loss reduction and collection efficiency measures. NEA

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