MEXICO---The Pampanga Electric Cooperative (Pelco) 1 recently launched its coffee table book "Sending Out the Light" in grand ceremonies at its newly constructed covered court-cum-evacuation center.

The book, which chronicles the beginnings of the now top power cooperative in Luzon, including its struggles, triumphs and accomplishments as it started serving the areas of Mexico, Sta. Ana, Arayat, Candaba, Magalang and San Luis, would be a benchmark for other cooperatives to follow.

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“When I started with Pelco 1 there were a lot of problems. After many years, we have finally polished everything from administration, operations to collections. And this is what we want to share to our member-consumers and fellow cooperatives…,” said Pelco 1 General Manager Loliano Allas.

He said the electric cooperative before was financially unsound and technically incapable.

“But because of the concerted efforts of our member-consumers, employees, management and the board of directors, we were able to put everything in order. Now, we our mayors could entice investors in their respective municipalities because we can provide the necessary power requirements they will need,” Allas told Sun.Star Pampanga.

National Electrification Administration chief Edita Bueno said that the book would be used by other cooperatives in Luzon as a model in restructuring and reengineering their respective firms.

“They (Pelco) 1 have written their story. And this is something people and other cooperatives could look at, especially on how they triumphed over their struggles then of not being able to pay providers, high systems loss and huge debts. Now we can see how they progressed. And Pelco 1 is one of the best among 119 coops in the country…,” she said.

Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio, for his part, said that “Sending Out the Light” is testimony to things that could be done with good governance.

“You did it. This is just proof that when one or a group advocates for good governance, nothing is left undone and no problem is left unsolved,” he told the stakeholders of the firm.

Pelco 1’s Roy De Leon, one of the authors of the book, told Sun.Star Pampanga that they started crafting the book in November last year and spent some P660,000 for its production.

“It is a very relieving feeling. But now we have written our history, which is a legacy to our stakeholders,” he said. (Jovi T. De Leon)