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NEA grants special awards to 78 electric coops for outstanding performance

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TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte—In recognition of their outstanding operational performance, the 78 AAA-rated electric cooperatives (ECs) have earned special awards from the National Electrification Administration (NEA) at the recent 2017 Lumens Awards.
The annual gathering likewise sought to update the ECs and other industry stakeholders regarding the latest vision, policy thrusts, and strategic initiatives of the NEA anchored on the pro-poor agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.
NEA Chief Edgardo Masongsong extended his deep gratitude to EC delegates and MCOs for their unwavering support for the rural electrification program of the agency, which was made more evident by the recent launch of the National Center of Electric Cooperative Consumers, Inc. (NCECCO).
NCECCO was formally introduced to the public on Wednesday last week (April 26) during the first National Summit of Electric Consumers held at the atrium of Tagum City Hall. Nearly 6,000 people showed up in that event to establish themselves as vital players in the power industry.
This “dramatic exercise of force and fortitude,” as Masongsong put it in his speech, was not lost on the NEA. The administrator considered it a “laudable feat” that could significantly help the agency fulfill its mandate to energize all sitios in the country.
“The event is a living proof that indeed the national movement to carve history to change the power industry is now in the making. Change has begun towards realizing the dream of the President to level the playing field in the power industry, thereby uplifting the lives of the vast majority of Filipinos,” he said.
Masongsong honored key NCECCO figures during the morning session of the conference led by its National Chairman Akmad Mamalinta, Vice Chairman Reynaldo Lazo, Secretary-General Erico Bucoy, and other officials of the newly-established organization.
Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario also welcomed the formation of the NCECCO, especially as the movement is seen to gun for solutions that will help improve the power situation in Mindanao, particularly in the Davao Region.
“We hope that with your presence here today—and, of course, the activity with the electric consumers—we hope that you will come up with solutions in order to help Mindanao realize its dream of having cheap supply of electricity,” del Rosario said in his remarks.
The consultative conference this year carries the theme “NEA-ECs-MCOs: Forging Change Towards Nation Building.” It is a two-day affair that will also touch on the federalism plans of President Duterte and its potential impact on the rural electrification program.
The gathering will conclude tomorrow by the signing of fresh commitments, through the Tagum Declaration, prior to the 2017 Lumens Awards—where top-performing ECs that provided excellent services will receive awards and special citations. ###