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NEA enjoins Zaneco to become a world-class distribution utility

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DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte—With every triumph comes fresh responsibility and this is what the National Electrification Administration (NEA) gave the Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zaneco) on its 45th founding anniversary.

While exalting Zaneco for already weathering a number of challenges in the past, NEA Head Executive Assistant Vicar Loureen Lofranco at the same time urged the electric cooperative (EC) to keep on improving itself in preparation for future obstacles.
Zaneco recently wrapped up its two-day anniversary rites in its Piñan Area Office, where Lofranco delivered an inspirational message on behalf of NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong. The latter could not make it to the event because of prior commitment.
In her speech, Lofranco recognized the admirable business exploits of Zaneco’s founders, surviving one power crisis after another, which enabled their institution to become one of the top-performing ECs in the Zamboanga Peninsula.
Echoing its anniversary theme “45 Years of Continuously Attaining a Better Zaneco,” however, the NEA official acknowledged that there is still a lot of work to be done before it could turn itself into a globally-competitive power distribution firm.
“Zaneco is certainly not exempted from the challenges and tribulations that beset electric cooperatives all over the country. You look back to 45 years of Zaneco and you realize there is a need to continuously work for its betterment,” Lofranco said on Wednesday (August 23).
“The NEA calls on Zaneco to become a world-class distribution utility with empowered member-consumer-owners or MCOs. An empowered Zaneco is an EC which is financially sound, operationally efficient and institutionally strong,” she added.
Lofranco said the state-run agency is counting on reliable ECs like Zaneco to deliver the five-point electricity agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte so that more Filipino families in the countryside can be have better opportunities and enjoy happier lives.
Encapsulated in this directive is the provision of safe and dependable electricity for all, system efficiency and making power rates affordable, something the NEA cannot do without the support and cooperation of all rural energy distribution utilities nationwide.
Lofranco, meanwhile, also praised the long-serving employees of Zaneco who were honored in the same event with loyalty awards and other citations. She is hoping their hardwork and dedication would be emulated by the younger workforce.
Despite having to deal with both internal and external politics, Lofranco observed that all ECs and their staff can always take pride in the altruistic nature of their job. “It is indubitable that you have already touched many lives, which you may not even realize,” she said.
“The fact that you have withstood 45 years is already a feat in itself. So I would like to congratulate you and thank you for being our partners in the NEA rural electrification program,” Lofranco stated further.
On Tuesday night (August 22), Zaneco held a tribute concert for Ms. Purita Sumbilon, one of the pioneer members of its Board of Directors. The 80-year old retiree said she is deeply grateful for this gesture and would like to share the honor to her departed colleagues.
The concert lasted for nearly four hours featuring performances from the Zaneco Power Band, the NEA Lights and Sounds Chorale, El Spiral Fire Dancers and the Flare Tenders at the Carezpi Covered Court of the same Piñan Area Office.
For his part, Zaneco general manager and ex-officio board member Adelmo Laput thanked the NEA for its continuing support to their cooperative, especially on its recent approval of their P253-million loan.
Of that amount, P119-million will be used to fund the construction of a new three-storey building in its main office in Dipolog City, Laput announced. Zaneco at present is classified by the NEA as a mega large, Category A+ power cooperative.
Its franchise area now covers 584 barangays in 21 municipalities and two cities throughout Zamboanga del Norte with around 121,000 consumer connections as of July 2017. Established on August 23, 1972, Zaneco is the 32nd EC to register with the NEA.
Through the agency’s Sitio Electrification and Barangay Line Enhancement Programs, Zaneco was able to energize 16 barangays, 382 sitios and 8,229 households in the province by the end of 2016. ###