A resolution was passed by members of the board of Central Negros Electric Cooperative Tuesday manifesting their lack of trust and confidence in reinstated general manager Sulpicio Lagarde.
Ceneco president Arnel Lapore yesterday said they also manifested that they want to protect the gains that they have attained during the period that Lagarde was out of Ceneco.
Lapore said they still trust former acting general manager Chuchie Destriza, who he said was responsible for all their achievements with the support of all area managers. This is reflected in their statistics, he said.
They will forward their resolution to the National Electrification Administration to inform it of the situation in Ceneco, he said.
Lagarde, upon his return to Ceneco Monday, said he will meet with the employees and reach out to the members of the Board on how they can unite to work together.
There is no healing process to speak of if he cannot accept his deficiencies. He should consider that they have lost their trust and confidence in him. Trust is something that should be earned, Lapore said.
Lapore said they will protect the interest of the consumers. If Lagarde's action will be detrimental to the interest of the consumers, they will be there to protect their interest.
They will be watching closely the operation of Lagarde until NEA intervenes. They have also requested Lagarde to inform them of any transfer involving the employees, which they believe could be demoralizing, he said.
They will expect NEA to intervene and come up with a solution that will be good for Ceneco, Lapore said.
He pointed out that he cannot even affix his signature on checks where Lagarde's signature appears because he cannot trust the general manager.
Lapore said he will be more comfortable if the documents or checks will be signed by Destriza and three other signatories. They will express to Lagarde that they cannot just sign something they do not trust although they will not curtail his authority, he said.
Lagarde said he respects the stand of the Board but he will need its supports in order to perform well and to ensure that their service to the consumers will not be affected.
The members of the Utilities Consumers Alliance Negros also expressed their lack of trust and confidence in Lagarde as general manager of Ceneco.
UCAN legal counsel Vicente Petierre lll recalled that the systems loss incurred by Ceneco rose to 16 percent under Lagarde. But because his reinstatement was ordered by the NLRC, everyone should be vigilant regarding the transactions he makes.
UCAN has not changed its stand and will continue to be vigilant now that Lagarde has returned to Ceneco, he said.*CGS
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