Electrification advisory councils ratify roadmap, strat plan of 2 electric coops in Bukidnon


By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

Some 263 Multi-Sectoral Electrification Advisory Councils (MSEACs) of the two electric cooperatives servicing the Bukidnon province ratified Saturday the unified strategic plan and roadmap to ensure a reliable and adequate power supply to meet for their increasing member-consumers at least for the next ten years.
The MSEACs of First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative,Inc. (Fibeco) and of Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative (Buseco) met for their 3rd Congress at the Farmers Training Center inside the campus of Central Mindanao University at Musuan, Bukidnon.
The congress convenor was the Bukidnon Electric Cooperative Foundation, Inc. , the foundation arm of both Fibeco and Buseco.
Fibeco serves 12 municipalities and Valencia City in the southern part of Bukidnon. Buseco, on the other hand, serves eight municipalities and Malaybalay City in the northern part of the province.
MSEACs, formerly the District Electrification Committees, are deemed partners of electric cooperatives (EC), tapped to be consulted on power rates review, and for participation in important activities of the ECs such as the campaign for improvement of collection and for non-pilferage of electricity, policy recommendation, right-of-way acquisition, membership meetings, information and education program and other service-oriented activities.
Buseco manager Juancho Chiong presented the strategic plan and road map which were jointly drawn up by the management officers and board of directors of the two electric cooperatives February this year to respond to the challenge of ensuring the power supply of the province, while the power crisis in Mindanao areas had been projected to hit in the coming years.
He said that the strategic plan encompasses wide-ranging areas and action plans that include forest rehabilitation, dredging of Pulangi river, contracting of small power sources such as hydropower, diesel-fed and biomass sources identified to be at least a dozen in the Bukidnon, and the sale-for-sale sharing of excess supply of Fibeco to Buseco.
The plan also includes actions plans for partnership and networking with other government agencies and local government units, educational, information dissemination activities, intensification of capability-building activities and trainings.
In the same congress, Fibeco CorPlan manager Japhet Nermal bared that since last year Fibeco has been the only EC in Mindanao that did not experience rotational brownout due to its excess power supply at 30 mega watts.
He said that Fibeco has well performed last year with its A+ rating, the highest in the performance standard set by the National Electrification Administration.
“Buseco is also A+ for five years in a row,” said Dieter Hoff Arellano, the CorPlan manager of Buseco.
The congress also resulted to the formation of the League of MSEACs with the election of its officers.
Last June during the Bukidnon Power Summit, Fibeco and Buseco strongly voiced opposition to the planned privatization of the Agus and Pulangi hydropower complexes, and particularly cited that the Pulangui IV at Kiuntod, Maramag, Bukidnon just needed rehabilitation as its supposed power generating capacity of 255 mega watts had been cut off by 50 percent power due to siltation. –Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte


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