Saturday, March 24, 2018

NEA picks INEC prexy for Abra task force

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Dingras, Ilocos Norte—The National Electrification Administration (NEA) named Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) board president into the Task Force Duterte Abra Power.

The task force will manage the Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco) following NEA’s takeover.

NEA took over Abreco after the cooperative failed to pay more than PHP200 million in arrears to power suppliers.

Other task force members are: NEA deputy chairman for electric cooperative management services Atty. Goldelio Rivera, chairperson; INEC president Reynaldo M. Lazo, ISECO president Gloria Corales, BENECO president Rocky Aliping, BENECO general manager Gerardo Verzosa, INEC general manager Engr. Felino P. Agdigos, ISECO general manager Engr. Egdon Sabio as members; NEA legal services department Manager Atty. Xerxes Adzuara; and NEA electric cooperative audit department Charito Mabitazan as ABRECO acting general managers. 

Mr. Agdigos, in an interview said the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC) issued a “Notice of Default” and “Notice of Suspension” against ABRECO. They, however, deferred the notices after NEA took over its responsibilities and obligations to protect the welfare and interest of the electric cooperative.

Records show that there are around 47,700 households in 27 towns of Abra Province, which were supposed to suffer the effects of the notices through power service interruption.

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