SOME 5,300 member-consumers of the Benguet Electric Cooperative Inc. (Beneco) on Saturday, June 17, took their oaths as new members of the National Center of Electric Cooperative Consumers Inc. (NCECCO).
Established last January, NCECCO is a national organization which seeks to empower all the electricity consumers nationwide. It serves as a movement of the electric cooperatives (ECs) and member-consumer-owners towards strategic positioning in the power industry and in pursuit of socio-political-economic-cultural-environmental development through rural electrification.
Masongsong was invited as guest speaker at the coop's AGMA held at the Baguio City National High School. He was joined by Energy Undersecretary Benito Ranque, Beneco board president Rocky Aliping, and general manager Gerardo Verzosa.
In his message, Masongsong congratulated Beneco for earning several awards at the 2017 Lumens Awards of NEA held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte April 28.
Among the awards Beneco bagged were AAA EC, Single Digit System Loss for the Year, Best in Collection Performance Award, Lowest Power Rate, and Model Headquarters Facilities Award.
The NEA chief also took the opportunity to thank Beneco for its active participation in the Task Force Kapatid in the aftermath of typhoons Lawin and Karen.
"Dahil tumulong kayo sa mga ibang electric cooperatives through Task Force Kapatid, napadali ang reconstruction ng linya, napadali ang pagbalik ng serbisyong kuryente sa bawat lugar na tinamaan ng bagyo (Because you help other electric cooperatives through Task Force Kapatid, the power restoration was fast track to typhoon stricken areas)," he said.
At the same time, Masongsong also apprised the member-consumers of Beneco of the new direction of NEA that is fully consistent with his seven-point electricity agenda.
The Beneco's AGMA this year carried the theme “A New Dawn for Beneco: Pursuing Global Competitiveness.” (PR)