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97 power coops move up in latest NEA assessment

Ninety-seven electric cooperatives (ECs), or 80% out of the 121 ECs in the country are now categorized A or higher, as the National Electrification Administration (NEA) released this week the results of the 2016 EC Overall Assessment Performance.

NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong said “the results of the assessment attest to NEA’s successful campaign efforts to make the ECs more operationally reliant to better serve their Member-Consumer-Owners (MCOs).”

“The NEA, together with the 121 ECs nationwide, is one with the thrust of President Rodrigo Duterte in intensifying rural development as a vital component of economic growth. To achieve this, we endeavour to institute more capacity-building programs for the ECs and activate local consumer groups that will help us sustain electrification in the grassroots level,” he noted.

All ECs in Western and Central Visayas and Caraga have kept their AAA status, which according to the Administrator have “resulted from the ECs’ initiatives to consistently increase efficiencies on financial, institutional, and technical areas of their operations.”

Meanwhile, the number of AAA-rated ECs jumped to 77 in 2016 from 70 in 2015. Sixty-nine ECs maintained their AAA status, while eight ECs were able to improve their rating to AAA from either AA, A, or B.

These eight ECs include Pangasinan I Electric Cooperative (Panelco I), Benguet Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Beneco), First Laguna Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Fleco), Romblon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Romelco), Camarines Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Canoreco), Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Ceneco), Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (Noceco), and Davao Oriental Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Doreco).

Of the 77 ECs rated as AAA, 24 scored 100 points, namely Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Iseco), La Union Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Luelco), Cagayan I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Cagelco I), Tarlac II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Tarelco II), Nueva Ecija I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Neeco I), Nueva Ecija II Electric Cooperative, Inc. – Area 1 (Neeco II – Area 1), Nueva Ecija II Electric Cooperative, Inc. – Area 2 (Neeco II – Area 2), Pampanga Rural Electric Service Cooperative, Inc. (Presco), Pampanga I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Pelco I), Peninsula Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Penelco), Iloilo II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Ileco II), Cebu II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Cebeco II), Cebu III Electric Cooperative, Inc.  (Cebeco III), Province of Siquijor Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Prosielco), Bohol I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Boheco I), Bohol II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Boheco II), Leyte V Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Leyeco V), South Cotabato I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Socoteco I), South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Socoteco II), Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Aselco), Siargao Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Siarelco), Dinagat Island Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Dielco), Surigao del Sur I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Surseco I), and Surigao del Sur II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Surseco II).

The performance rating is based on two criteria, namely the Key Performance Standards (80%) and the Electric Cooperatives Classification (20%).

The KPS cover 32 financial, institutional, technical, and reportorial compliances indicators and standards, while the EC Classification covers seven financially-driven standards and parameters including power accounts to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Using the KPS and EC Classification, corresponding ratings were given to scores garnered by ECs, as follows: 95-100 = AAA; 90-94 = AA; 85-89 = A; 75-84 = B; 50-74 = C; and 49 and below = D.

“As we congratulate the best performing ECs in the country, I wish to encourage them to sustain their operations, as well as address the pressing demand for lowering power rates,” NEA Administrator Masongsong said.

He added that “the ECs must innovate and not allow their performance to retrogress, as it is through rural electrification that the Member-Consumer-Owners can begin to have access to social services and quality investment and jobs.”

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.


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.

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.



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