The Central Negros Electric Cooperative has achieved its mission to energize all the barangays in its coverage areas by 100 percent, Ceneco president Roy Cordova said during the 42nd Annual General Membership Assembly yesterday.
Cordova said that after they have energized all its barangays, they will now concentrate on sitio and household energization covering the puroks and other remote areas, like haciendas, for 2018. About 40 percent of the sitios have not yet been energized.
They are also empowering member-consumer-owners in the different barangays under their coverage areas by organizing them. They will be Ceneco’s partners in disseminating information to the consumers in the barangays about the programs of the power utility firm, he said.
Cordova said they will also inform Ceneco of the problems and complaints of the consumers in the different barangays.
Meanwhile, National Electrification Administration deputy administrator for Corporate Resources and Financial Services, Vicar Loureen Lofranco, yesterday said that one of the programs of the NEA, aside from assisting electric cooperatives to be financially, institutionally and technically viable, is to empower its MCOs.
Lofranco, who represented NEA administrator Edgardo Masongsong as keynote speaker during the AGMA yesterday at the Tay Tung High School gym, administered the oath of office of the newly-elected members of the Board of Ceneco and the officers of the MCO organizations of the different districts under the electric cooperative.
This year’s theme is “Energizing Sitios, Empowering Member-Consumer-Owners”.
The newly-elected member of the Board is Beda Tumbos representing District II (Bacolod South), while re-elected directors are Jojit Yap – District III (Bacolod Central) and Dwight Carbon District VII (Murcia and Salvador Benedicto).
Lofranco said that if the MCOs are engaged, involved and actively participating, they will be a great help to the EC. This is because the EC and NEA have programs that will directly involve the MCOs.
If they cannot have the support and if the MCOs are not involved in the activities of the EC, their programs will not be really successful, she said.
The NEA is here to be a partner in the programs of the government and to give communities in far-flung areas the opportunity to avail of electricity, Lofranco said.
The ECs, like Ceneco, are their partners in the sitio electrification program, she said.
Lofranco said she was surprised by the turnout in the AGMA.
Before, it was about 3,200 in one venue, but Cordova said that, as of 3 p.m. yesterday, they have recorded an attendance of 19,927, and about 7,234 are from Bacolod.
Cordova said MCOs have help encouraged other members to attend the AGMA yesterday.*CGS
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