Issue of December 2, 2018

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Power sector competition opens doors for service enhancement
by Press release

A bill seeking to grant to the son of Sen. Loren Legarda a franchise to operate Solar Para Sa Bayan” has sent jitters among electric cooperatives in the country who believe such move would undermine their viability as power distributors.

Worried over the debilitating impact of such move, the Philippine rural Electric Cooperatives Associaton, Inc. (Philreca) came up with a signature campaign opposing the move to grant Leandro Leviste the franchise.

“We say no to preferential treatment, we say no to underhanded maneuvers in the renewable energy and rural electrification sector,” the Philreca said in a statement.

Responding, General Manager Gerardo Verzosa of the Benguet Electric Cooperative said “our position is that should Solar Para Sa Bayan or a qualified third party (QTP) offer cheaper rates of electricity, then by all means the electric cooperatives must not be repugnant (to the proposal). The electric cooperatives must not deny their consumers the opportunity to avail of cheaper power should there be one available. This is why the ECs must also up the ante of their performance so that they could compete with Solar Para Sa Bayan or any Department of Energy-authorized QTP.”

Such bill should spur electric cooperatives to improve their over-all service and make them competitive in terms of  management, services, and charges to ensure patronage by consumers.

In a response to columnist Boo Chanco who discussed the impact of the bill to electric cooperatives, Verzosa pointed out that “Beneco is proud to announce that among the country’s electric cooperatives, it has remained steadfast in its bid to provide cheap electricity and efficient service to the member-consumers even to far-flung sitios”.

Despite operating on a mountainous terrain, Beneco has registered gene-ration costs and ave-rage residential rates per kilowatthour comparable to that of Meralco.

For 2016, Beneco’s average generation cost was P3.3304 compared with Meralco’s P3.9438. Beneco’s average residential rate per KWH runs between P7.1292 to P8.0883 compared with Meralco’s P8.4995 to P10.2707.

Beneco’s performance is reflected in its having garnered seven awards, the most by any electric cooperative, during the last national convention.

Among the citations was the cooperative’s having pulled down its systems loss to 8.07 percent, translated to savings amounting to millions of pesos.

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Technical Education & Skills Development Authority – CAR
University of Baguio

Baguio Central University
Baguio Country Club
Benguet Electric Cooperative Inc.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Department of Health – CAR
John Hay Management Corporation
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines
New Media Services
Pag–IBIG Fund
Pines City Colleges
Sangguniang Panlungsod

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Water District
Choobi Choobi
Congressman Mark O. Go
Councilor Leandro B. Yangot Jr.
Curamed Pharmacy
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Public Works and Highways – CAR
Department of Science and Technology
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Far East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon, Inc.
Ganza & Solibao Restaurants
Gen. Benjie B. Magalong
GMS Technology
Governor Crescencio C. Pacalso
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
Mother Earth Deli Basket
Nagomi Spa
Narda’s / Sunflower Ridge
Northern Luzon School for the Visually Impaired, Inc.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Montessori, Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Police Regional Office – CAR
Regional Development Council – CAR and National Economic and Development Authority – CAR
Regional Tripartate Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
SN Aboitiz
Tony Boy Tabora
Veterans Bank

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