Task Force implements measures on raising revenues

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Monday, August 18, 2014


MARAWI CITY – The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has created the Task Force Lanao del Sur Cooperative, Incorporated (Task Force Lasureco), which has been organized and mandated to implement the rehabilitation measures to enhance management and operations system to improve the electric cooperative’s revenue collection.
TFL is chaired by assistant secretary Matanug Mapandi of NEA; Col. Glen Macasero, commanding officer of 103rd Army Brigade; and Police Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ingking as co-chair.

In press statement sent on Thursday August 14, Macasero told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that LASURECO franchise covers 37 municipalities except Bumbaran and Wao towns plus the three municipalities of Pantar, Balo-i and Pantao Ragat of Lanao del Norte.

"Lasureco has more than 59, 379 member households. More than 43,188 households need individual electric meters while 16, 660 household consumers have individual meters," Macasero said.

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"Task Force LASURECO aims to replace household electric meters after they received reports that electric meters have been intentionally destroyed to prevent reading. If they’d still destroy their electric meters, we may not be able to provide them again. And the next meter that will be installed will be charged," Macasero said.

"We have the Law. If you have done wrong against the law. It must be implemented. That’s why we have the Philippine National Police and the Department of Justice which are part of the interagency committee coordinating body,” he added.

Macasero furthered LASURECO couldn’t bounce back if the consumers ignore the law. “The Maranaws own Lasureco, therefore each Maranaw should be empowered to protect its electric cooperative.”

The TFL has intensified its operations against the illegal tapping and tampering of electric meters to reduce systems loss and increase revenue collection.

The metering project will cost P75 million which will be implemented in six months under the management of TFL.

Ingking also said, "As part of the process the electric cooperative will determine legitimate members of good standing. Each consumer must fill out a new application membership form to do this,” Ingking said.

By February 2015, the legitimate member consumers will elect its representative to the Board of Directors that will eventually choose the chair of the Board and also hire a general manager who is capable to run and manage the electric cooperative.

Ingking said a massive information drive would be taken on in the franchise area, so that consumers will be properly informed and educated during the rehabilitation phase.

The PNP will impose the law for the benefit of the member consumers who are paying well.

LASURECO has a standing debt of P8 Billion that must be resolved.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 18, 2014.

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