Local electric cooperatives (ECs) have promised to help ailing and underperforming power distribution companies in improving their services amid rural electrification advancement.
The Philippine Association of Board of Directors of Rural Electric Cooperatives (PABREC) is establishing a comprehensive program that will give all kinds of immediate assistance to underperforming power distribution utilities.
“We should have a program helping those ailing cooperatives. We should have a concerted effort in terms of helping our ailing ECs in resolving their problems,” Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AMRECO) president Felix Vergara, who proposed the resolution, said.
The said proposal is among those introduced at the First EC Board of Directors Summit of PABREC to help save ailing cooperatives from becoming economically unviable.
At the summit, the need to strengthen the EC’s move in protecting the gains of rural electrification, including the rights and interests of power consumers was stressed.
“You are in the electric cooperative to promote and protect the rights and interest of your electricity consumers. But you cannot do that individually. To be relevant, you have to bond yourselves into one strong movement,” NEA administrator Edgardo Masongsong said.
PABREC consists of the Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Directors Association, Inc. (RECOBODA), Association of Board of Directors of Electric Cooperatives Inc. (ABDEC), Directors 8, and Western Visayas Board of Directors Association (WEVBODA).