Cuenca is new Ceneco director-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
UNOPPOSED candidate Joyce Martha Cuenca was proclaimed on Wednesday as the newly-elected member of the board of directors of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) representing Bacolod North.
The District Election Committee (Decom) for Bacolod North composed of Ramona Lamo, Esteban Albacea, and Dabenogrimo Estanilao proclaimed Cuenca as the winner.
The election was held from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Ceneco compound, Mabini St., Bacolod City. Cuenca, wife of outgoing director Luis Cuenca, garnered a total of 11 votes.
The conduct of election for Bacolod North was held per board resolution dated September 23, from the original schedule of September 21 due to a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by Judge Rosario Ester Orda-Caise of the Regional Trial Court Branch 48.
It required the screening committee to comply with the posting requirements as stipulated in the Electric Cooperative Election Code.
Meanwhile, a consumers’ group is questioning the election for Bacolod North and vowed to bring the matter to the National Electrification Administration (NEA). Ben Solilapsi, spokesman of the Movement of Ceneco Consumers for Democratic Representations, said the lifting of the TRO by the court does not necessarily mean that the election is legal and the result is binding.
The court lifted the TRO on Wednesday. Earlier, the group of Solilapsi was granted by the court a 20-day TRO to stop the election for director of Bacolod North which was earlier scheduled last September 21. Ceneco general manager Sulpicio Lagarde said, they pushed with the election because they complied with the requirements needed.
However, Solilapsi said that the election is still contestable and the proper venue is NEA. He said the grounds are the TRO was not yet lifted while the election was in progress, and the board resolution of Ceneco setting the election was not yet approved by the NEA.
Solilapsi also said that the qualification of Joyce Cuenca who was declared winner and unopposed by Ceneco is still under question. He said that with this, a series of legal action will also be filed against the members of the screening committee and some members of the board of directors and all those whom they claimed legitimized the allegedly illegal election.
On the other hand, the Decom for Bago City composed of Walfredo Hidalgo, Rainier Martin Villanueva, and Mercedita Gecosala proclaimed unopposed candidate Robert Javellana last September 21 as the elected representative of the member-consumers of the district.
Javellana garnered a total of 73 votes. Silay City incumbent director Michael Maravilla was also unopposed and was proclaimed on the same date by the Decom composed of Jovim Entila, Federico Pillon, and Gina Palma as the re-elected representative of the district.
Maravilla garnered 25 votes. All three directors will officially sit on the Ceneco board of directors after the Annual General Membership Assembly on November 23 and will serve a term of three years.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 26, 2013.