Thursday, October 9, 2014

INEC set to conduct sequential AGMA

INEC's 2013 AGMA (IT file photo)
By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Dingras, Ilocos Norte—The Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) is set to conduct sequential Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) following a directive from the National Electrification Administration.

INEC interim service dept. (ISD) manager Menchie Cariaga made the announcement adding that NEA’s directive also stated that there must be at least five percent of the total member-consumers in attendance.

Ms. Cariaga admitted that INEC cannot meet the require five percent attendance in one AGMA meeting hence the INEC board of directors passed a resolution calling for the conduct of four sequential AGMA meetings in the province. NEA later approved this, according to the INEC official.

In line with this, Ms. Cariaga said the four AGMA meetings will be held on Oct. 25 in Bangui. Nov. 8 in Bacarra, Nov. 22 in Batac City, and Dec. 26 at the INEC main office in Dingras.

She added that the choice of the four location was based on the number of largest registrants from the towns and city that have earlier attended past AGMAs.

Laoag City, the province’s capital was not chosen as there are few registrants from the city in past AGMAs.

For this year’s series of AGMAs, INEC will introduce a new innovation by returning the fare money of member-consumers who will attend the general meeting. They also plan to add other innovations that would entice more member-consumers to attend.

Ms. Cariaga also clarified that a member-consumer will only be registered for one meeting.

As of September 2014, INEC records show that there are at least 140,000 member-consumers registered.

In a related development, INEC is set to hold an election for the Batac district board seat after candidates of an earlier scheduled election were all disqualified.

As mandated by the NEA election guidelines, the board set the special election for Batac on October 11 with the deadline for filing of candidacy on October 1, or 10 days before the election period.

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