Norsamelco board members resign-A A +A
Saturday, August 24, 2013
CATARMAN -- The Northern Samar Electric Cooperative (Norsamelco) will now have to survive without a governing body after the entire nine-member board of directors (BOD) of the debt-ridden power facility tendered their mass resignation last week.
Board president Jonathan De Dios said they submitted their “irrevocable resignation” before the National Electrification Administration (NEA) which now runs Norsamelco.
Aside from De Dios, who represents the towns of San Isidro and Victoria, other members of the board who filed their resignations were Alberto Cornejo (Pambujan district); Ronald Tafalla (Las Navas); Domingo Amaro (Palapag); Arnel Laguitan (Rawis); Arturo Ballicud (Catarman); Danilo Anaviso (San Jose); Macario Cabalitan (San Roque); and Francisco Suan (Allen).
Norsamelco has 10 directors, but one member, Crispolo Abayon of San Antonio, has passed away.
In a phone interview, De Dios told Leyte Samar Daily Express that they were fed up already with “trouble makers” inside the cooperative, the reason why they decided to resign from their posts.
Though he did not give any names, he referred to a group of Norsamelco employees, who he said, “do not respect and have been trying to oust the board.”
He said: “The board does not want trouble. Since they do not respect us, they think they are smart so let them run the cooperative,” adding they were already in the midst of finding solutions to Norsamelco’s woes had it not been for the “troublesome” employees.
The resigned board members were elected in 2008 and never been replaced.
Acting general manager Hector Tabilisma assured the consumers of Norsamelco that the resignation of the members would not affect the operations of the cooperative.
Tabilisima said there is no immediate plan to conduct elections for the new board of directors. “Status quo muna; NEA will oversee the operations.”
He said the sudden resignation of Norsamelco’s directors stemmed from the administrative complaint that was filed against them by some employees of the cooperative.
NEA earlier slapped a 90-day preventive suspension among the board members and directed them to submit their answer within 10 days, but the directors filed their resignations instead, Tabilisma said.
“Nagkasundo sila na magresign na lang, for harmony and unity in the cooperative daw…” Tabilisma added.
The Leyte Samar Daily Express obtained a copy of a petition that was addressed to NEA Deputy Administrator Edgar Piamonte, seeking the ouster of the directors and an election of a new BOD.
De Dios said all the accusations were maneuvered by the “trouble makers” as part of the latter’s “big plan” to oust them.
Serving 35 years as the lone electric power distributor in Northern Samar, Norsamelco is currently facing threat of disconnection from its power supplier due its soaring debts that has reached P580 million. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)