NEA: Power supply in Lubao, Pampanga back to normal

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) said electricity supply in the Municipality of Lubao in Pampanga has returned to normal after experiencing days of rotating power interruptions due to busted transformer. NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong said the Pampanga II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PELCO II) fixed the power supply woes in Lubao town with the installation of a new 10 MVA transformer in its Sta. Cruz Substation. The 10 MVA transformer in Sta. Cruz Substation suddenly broke down on August 28, forcing PELCO II to implement manual load dropping or rotating brownouts while waiting for its replacement. In its public advisory on August 30, PELCO II promised to resolve the problem within four days or until September 3. It said it already hired a contractor-supplier to carry out the immediate replacement of the damaged power transformer. The new power transformer arrived on August 31 and the installation was completed on September 1, earlier than the target completion date. After the installation of new transformer, PELCO II said power supply in Lubao is now back to normal. Masongsong lauded PELCO II for its immediate action to ensure power supply in its coverage area is normalized as soon as possible. "Ensuring a stable and reliable supply of electricity is critically important at this time, as more Filipinos are working and studying from home due to the ongoing public health crisis," the NEA chief said. Aside from Lubao, PELCO II is also the power distributor in Mabalacat City and municipalities of Porac, Sta. Rita, Bacolor, Sasmuan, and Guagua. ###

NEA donates PPE to gov't hospitals

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has donated 300 personal protective equipment (PPE) coveralls to support frontline health workers in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The NEA through its Human Resources and Administration Department (HRAD) and the Samahan ng mga Kawaning Makareporma ng NEA (SAMAKAREN) turned over the PPE coveralls to three government hospitals located in Quezon City on Wednesday, August 26. The beneficiaries of the protective equipment were the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC), the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP), and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI). Each received 100 pieces of PPE. The activity was in line with the month-long commemoration of the 51st Founding Anniversary of the NEA and the 11th National Electrification Awareness Month (NEAM). NEA HRAD Manager Jona Andal said the donation was made possible through financial contributions from the state agency's officials and employees to help frontline health workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. "It is our way of appreciating the sacrifices of the medical frontliners in our neighboring government hospitals in this time of pandemic as we commemorate 51 successful years of rural electrification," Andal said. For her part, SAMAKAREN president Virginia Cabonce said "In this time of pandemic, there is no better way to celebrate the anniversary of the NEA than to extend a helping hand to our frontliners who are risking their lives to save others." ###

NEA, power co-ops hit 46% new electricity connections target in 1st semester

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the electric cooperatives (ECs) managed to reach 209,700 new consumer connections in the first half of 2020, down 15-percent compared to the same period last year as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Based on the figures submitted to the NEA Information Technology and Communication Services Department (ITCSD), the ECs recorded 209,781 additional consumer connections from January to June 2020, making up about 46 percent of the 460,000 corporate target for the year. NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong said the figures are 15-percent lower than the 281,246 consumer connections reported by the power cooperatives in the first six months of 2019. Masongsong attributed the decline in new service connections due to the community quarantine restrictions imposed by both the national and local governments in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Data from the NEA ITCSD showed that for the first quarter, the ECs delivered 134,435 new consumer connections. The number, however, was down 44 percent in the second quarter to 75,346 connections. On a per island basis, Luzon registered a 43-percent reduction in new electricity connections, while Visayas and Mindanao registered a decrease of 41-percent and 47-percent, respectively. "From the first quarter monthly average of 44,812 new connections, it dropped to 25,115 monthly during the second quarter. This accounts for 44 percent or 19,697 reduction in monthly new service connections," ITCSD said. With restrictions on movement in place combined with non-availability of electrical construction materials due to the coronavirus pandemic, Masongsong said this year's corporate target of 460,000 additional consumer connections may not be reached. The NEA chief, however, advised all electric cooperatives to still speed up the procurement process or maximize whatever available electrical materials in their respective warehouses, as well as mobilize their personnel, instead of waiting for the contractors. The additional connections brought the overall level of energization within the coverage areas of the 121 non-profit distribution utilities nationwide is at 96.61 percent or 13,850,055 connections out of the 14,335,784 potential consumers based on the 2015 census. ### -- NATIONAL ELECTRIFICATION ADMINISTRATION Corporate Communications and Social Marketing Office 3/F, Right Wing, 57 NEA Building NIA Road, Government Center, Diliman Quezon City, Philippines 1001

NEA assigns project supervisor to oversee Zamboanga del Norte power co-op

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) assigned a project supervisor to the Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ZANECO) pending the resolution of governance issues in the power utility. NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong issued Office Order dated July 24, designating Sherwin Mañada as project supervisor, effective immediately, to oversee the management and operations of ZANECO. The NEA intervention came after the disagreement between ZANECO management and some members of the Board of Directors that led to the filing of an administrative case, which is currently being heard by the NEA Administrative Committee. Masongsong said the ongoing conflict imperils the integrity of ZANECO, and it may even adversely affect the delivery of services to the member-consumer-owners of the power distribution utility. "In order to prevent the possibility of service decline and to protect the interest of the member-consumer-owners pending the resolution of the situation, it is imperative for the NEA to intervene," the NEA chief said. The designation of a project supervisor is pursuant to Presidential Decree (PD) No. 269, as amended by Republic Act No. 10531, otherwise known as the "National Electrification Administration Reform Act of 2013," granting the NEA the power of supervision over the management and operations of all ECs. As contained in the order, Mañada is authorized to approve or disapprove Board resolutions in consultation with the concerned NEA departments, which shall not be nullified, altered or diminished by any policy or resolution of the ZANECO Board. His other functions include the authority to countersign checks, withdrawal slips, and other banking transactions, as well as perform other tasks that may be assigned by NEA for the purpose of operational efficiency. On July 31, Masongsong joined the newly installed project supervisor in a meeting with the Board of Directors and the ZANECO management, as well as with the National Center of Electric Cooperative Consumers, Inc. (NCECCO) - Zamboanga del Norte Chapter. In the said meeting, the NEA chief emphasized the need to ensure continuous supply of electricity during the coronavirus pandemic. Mañada replaced Atty. Xerxes Adzuara whose appointment as ZANECO project supervisor under NEA Office Order dated November 29, 2019 was recalled due to the varying community quarantine restrictions imposed nationwide amid the coronavirus pandemic. ### -- NATIONAL ELECTRIFICATION ADMINISTRATION Corporate Communications and Social Marketing Office 3/F, Right Wing, 57 NEA Building NIA Road, Government Center, Diliman Quezon City, Philippines 1001