Lawmaker backs new Beneco general manager

BAGUIO. ACT-CIS Partylist Representative and Benguet Legislative Caretaker Congressman Eric Go Yap throws support to Beneco's newly appointed general  manager Engineer Melchor Licoben. Yap was in Baguio City last week to lead the awarding of "Panangpadayaw iti Bituen ti Amianan" on July 14 as part of the observance of National Disaster Resilience Month. (Redjie Melvic Cawis)
BAGUIO. ACT-CIS Partylist Representative and Benguet Legislative Caretaker Congressman Eric Go Yap throws support to Beneco's newly appointed general manager Engineer Melchor Licoben. Yap was in Baguio City last week to lead the awarding of "Panangpadayaw iti Bituen ti Amianan" on July 14 as part of the observance of National Disaster Resilience Month. (Redjie Melvic Cawis)

BENGUET Electric Cooperative's (Beneco) newly appointed general manager is getting the backing of caretaker Eric Go Yap.

On April 21, the Beneco board approved Resolution 2020-90, appointing Engineer Melchor Licoben as its newly-installed general manager effective May 1, 2020.

The Benguet Provincial Board and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Benguet Chapter passed Resolution 2020-488 and Resolution 6, series of 2020, respectively, expressing their support to the appointment of Licoben.

"We are one with the unified action of our leaders in bestowing their unconditional support to the new leadership of one of the top performing rural electric cooperatives. We are fully aware of the exemplary accomplishments of the previous Beneco leadership that was nurtured through three decades of passionate and dedicated service which lead our electric cooperative to reach the highest pedestal of the country's power industry by being one of the few Class AAA electric coops to date," Yap said in a statement.

The ACT-CIS partylist representative added he is confident Licoben can effectively and efficiently propel the electric cooperative to greater heights, having rose from the ranks occupying various significant positions through the years, which allowed him to gain the substantial skills and knowledge, he is the best choice for the position.

Yap also asked Beneco to further enhance the implementation of rural electrification programs that will continue to bring cheap and quality power to the remote villages to help in spurring economic activities that will provide for the sustainable sources of livelihood of the people in the non-viable communities within Beneco's franchise area.

"As the legislative caretaker of Benguet, we shall make appropriate representation with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to ensure the continuous and sufficient provision of government resources in speeding up the implementation of the rural electrification program, especially in the hundreds of still un-energized villages around the province. We believe that access to electricity is one of the engines of countryside development," Yap added.

The lawmaker also assured immediate coordination with NEA to facilitate the immediate confirmation of Licoben's appointment to fully enable him to discharge his duties and responsibilities with utmost confidence "as our partner in the realization of the government's rural electrification program in Beneco's franchise area."

"We are positive that under the leadership of Engr. Licoben, our electric cooperative is in good hands in pursuant to the government's thrust of transparent and accountable governance," Yap quipped. (SunStar Baguio)

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