DWIGHT Carbon, president of Central Negros Electric Cooperative clarified that Ceneco is not covered by the privatization move.
Carbon said that Ceneco has already the assurance from Bacolod Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya that the electric cooperative will be isolated from the franchise application of Hermanos Farmworkers Electric Cooperative to operate electric and power distribution in the whole island of Negros based on the bill proposed under the Committee on Energy.
Carbon said Gasataya has also assured Ceneco that he will inform through a letter the chair of the Committee on Energy to spare Ceneco from privatization after he learned that Ceneco's franchise will end on year 2030 which is still 11 years from now.
Carbon believes that the proposed bill on privatization of electric cooperatives in Negros will be archived because the 17th congress is already about to end and that proposed bills that are only at the committee level and cannot be passed would be archived unless it will be re-opened in the coming congress.
Carbon also said that Gasataya met with the Ceneco officials and employees about the controversial bill which he is one of the co-sponsors along with other congressmen from Negros.
Unlike other electric cooperatives that has already been privatized due to inefficiency and poor performance, Ceneco has been consistently doing well on its performance, Carbon added.
He further said that Gasataya told them that he was thinking that Ceneco Franchise will end in year 2025 that's why he co-sponsored the bill.