The referendum on the conversion of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative will be one of the issues to be tackled during the electric cooperative’s Annual General Membership Assembly on April 28, Roel Venus, Ceneco Member-Consumers Integrated Services Division chief, said yesterday.
The National Electrification Administration has directed Ceneco to hold a referendum this year for the consumers to decide if they want the electric cooperative to be under the Cooperative Development Authority, be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or to remain under the NEA.
Murcia and Silay City had earlier passed separate resolutions supporting the retention of Ceneco as an electric cooperative under NEA.
Venus said the staff of Ceneco have started indoctrinating member-consumer-owners (MCOs) last week about what options are available to them during the referendum, which are whether they want Ceneco to be retained under NEA, become a full-fledged cooperative, or if they want Ceneco to be privatized and be registered under the SEC.
He also said that the elected directors of Ceneco will take their oath during the AGMA.
Venus said earlier that three unopposed candidates are running for seats in the Board of Ceneco for districts II, III and VII on Saturday.
They are incumbent Ceneco director Jojit Yap and incumbent Ceneco vice president Dwight Carbon, who are the official candidates of districts III (Bacolod Central) and VII (municipalities of Murcia and Salvador Benedicto), and Beda Tumbos for District II (Bacolod South), he said.
Venus said District II has 33,539 MCOs, District III – 4,561, and District VII – 10,018.
He said they have opened 21 precincts for District II, two precincts for District III, and for District VII, they have opened two precincts for Murcia and one for Salvador Benedicto at its municipal hall.
Venus reminded consumer-members to bring any valid government-issued ID with picture during the District election on Saturday if they do not have a Ceneco ID.*CGS
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