NEA, ECs lauded for achieving 14-million consumer connections
2021-03-09

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the 121 electric cooperatives (ECs) were lauded by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles for surpassing the 14-million mark in consumer connections, an important milestone in the government's rural electrification drive. "For the past five decades, NEA has been vital in improving the lives of our people by providing total electrification in our rural areas," Nograles said during the NEA-EC Communicators' Conference held via Zoom on March 6, as he congratulated NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong and the ECs for this accomplishment. "With the electric cooperatives as the agency’s implementing arm in the mandated mission of rural electrification, even in economically unviable areas, the NEA continues to implement the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP)," the Cabinet Secretary added. Data from the NEA Information Technology and Communication Services Department (ITCSD) showed the ECs have connected 522,905 new electricity consumers last year, 14 percent higher than the 460,000 target set by the agency. With this, the NEA ITCSD said the total consumer connections have now reached 14.253 million within the franchise areas of 121 ECs nationwide, while the number of unserved consumers in the ECs' coverage areas is now down to 1,550,510 based on the 2015 census. Meanwhile, Nograles also thanked the NEA and the ECs for responding to the electricity service requirements of the resettlement sites identified by the National Housing Authority (NHA) for super typhoon Yolanda survivors. He specifically mentioned the Pope Francis Village in Tacloban City, which will finally be connected to the power distribution lines of the Leyte II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LEYECO II). The Cabinet Secretary, during the NEA-EC Communicators' Conference last Saturday, also sought the support of the NEA and the 121 electric co-ops nationwide in the campaign against malnutrition and hunger dubbed "Pilipinas Kontra Gutom (PKG)." Organized in November last year, PKG is a multisectoral, anti-hunger movement spearheaded by the government's Task Force Zero Hunger chaired by Nograles

NEA, ECs exceed 2020 Consumer Connections target
2021-03-09

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) surpassed its electricity consumer connections goal for 2020 by 62,905 or 14 percent despite the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency's Information Technology and Communication Services Department (ITCSD) reported that the electric cooperatives (ECs) have connected over 522,905 new electricity consumers last year, 14 percent higher than the 460,000 corporate target. "This achievement reflects the hard work and commitment of the NEA and the 121 electric cooperatives to provide and extend electricity services to Filipinos living in rural areas even though faced with challenges posed by the pandemic," NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong said. The 2020 figures brought the total consumer connections to 14,253,053 within the franchise areas of the 121 ECs nationwide. The number of unserved consumers in the rural areas is now down to 1,550,510 based on the 2015 census, the NEA ITCSD said. Broken down, the NEA data revealed that 47 percent of the total consumer connections, or 6.682 million, are located in Luzon; 27 percent or 3.788 million are in the Visayas; and 26 percent or 3.783 million are in Mindanao. The data also showed that Batangas II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BATELEC II) contributed most to the overall accomplishment with 341,252 connections, followed by South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SOCOTECO II) with 274,239 connections. Also in the top five ECs are Albay Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ALECO) with 273,668 connections, Central Pangasinan Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENPELCO) with 268,830, and Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) with 247,744 connections. Meanwhile, Negros Occidental ranked first among the provinces with highest number of consumer connections at 634,092, followed by Pangasinan at 580,805, then Batangas at 525,229, Cebu at 523,109, and Leyte at 474,259 consumer connections

NEA: Quezon electric co-op secures P20-million calamity loan
2021-03-08

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) helped the electric cooperative (EC) servicing Quezon province hit by recent typhoons with the provision of P20.138 million in calamity loan. The Quezon I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (QUEZELCO I) availed of the NEA calamity loan for the repair and rehabilitation of its power distribution systems damaged by typhoons Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses last year. This brings the total calamity loans to electric co-ops to P23.460 million as of end-February 2021, data released by the NEA Accounts Management and Guarantee Department (AMGD) showed. In January, the NEA released P3.322 million to Marinduque Electric Cooperative, Inc. (MARELCO) for the reconstruction of its damage power distribution facilities due to the previous typhoons. The loan offered by the NEA to ECs adversely affected by calamities has a maximum 10-year repayment term, with a grace period of one year and an interest rate of 3.25 percent per annum. Meanwhile, the NEA AMGD data also showed that the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (DANECO) applied for a loan amounting to P4.508 million to finance its capital expenditure (CapEx) projects. ###

Nograles commends NEA, ECs support on COVID-19 fight
2021-03-08

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles thanked the electric cooperatives (ECs) supervised by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) for offering help in the national government's ongoing COVID-19 vaccination program. Nograles, Co-chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, made the statement during the NEA-EC Communicators' Conference held virtually over the weekend (March 6). "With the support of the 121 electric cooperatives across the country, we will be able to reach even those in remote communities by utilizing your multi-purpose facilities and other resources," Nograles said. The ECs earlier expressed readiness to assist the national government by offering their facilities, such as multi-purpose halls and gymnasiums, for COVID-19 vaccination rollout in rural communities. The former Davao City representative also cited the efforts of the electric coops to maintain continuity of reliable electricity services to the countryside, especially to critical infrastructure like hospitals and other healthcare facilities, amid the ongoing pandemic. Moreover, Nograles commended the NEA, under the leadership of Administrator Edgardo Masongsong, and the ECs for supporting the earlier pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the extension of 'no-disconnection' policy for lifeline consumers. "The Department of Energy recommended to the President that the no disconnection policy for lifeliners be continued, and the President has readily agreed because electricity is a basic necessity that we all cannot live without," he said. In an Advisory on February 5, 2021, the DOE directed all distribution utilities, including ECs, to "implement a no disconnection policy due to non-payment of bills falling due by March 2021 for all electricity consumers whose consumption level are within the lifeline rate set by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for the DU’s franchise area.

NEA: Loans to power co-ops reach P440 million in 2020
2021-01-09

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) disbursed P440-million worth of loans, including calamity loans, to 20 electric cooperatives (ECs) last year. Data from the NEA Accounts Management and Guarantee Department (AMGD) showed that the total loans extended to ECs from January to December 2020 reached P439.983 million. Bulk of which, or P311.903 million, went to 12 ECs to help fund their capital expenditure (CapEx) projects and working capital requirements. The P311.903 million translates into 127-percent accomplishment rate of the agency. The NEA set a 2020 target of P245 million for lending to ECs for their electrification projects. Among the ECs that received these loans were Cagayan II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CAGELCO II), Camarines Sur I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CASURECO I), Camarines Sur III Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CASURECO III), Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (DANECO), Masbate Electric Cooperative, Inc. (MASELCO), Misamis Oriental I Rural Electric Service Cooperative, Inc. (MORESCO I), Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative, Inc. (OMECO), Sorsogon I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SORECO I), Sulu Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SULECO), Surigao del Sur I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SURSECO I), Ticao Island Electric Cooperative, Inc. (TISELCO), and Quezon I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (QUEZELCO I). Meanwhile, the NEA extended P128.080 million in calamity loans to 13 ECs. The ECs that availed of the calamity loans were CASURECO III, MASELCO, OMECO, SORECO I, SORECO II, TISELCO, Iloilo III Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ILECO III), Lubang Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LUBELCO), Marinduque Electric Cooperative, Inc. (MARELCO), Northern Samar Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NORSAMELCO), Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ORMECO), Tablas Island Electric Cooperative, Inc. (TIELCO), and First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO). Of the total calamity loans released by the NEA to ECs, P25 million went to FICELCO for the repair and rehabilitation of its damaged power distribution facilities due to the onslaught of recent typhoons Quinta and Rolly. The calamity loan, which bears an interest rate of 3.25 percent per annum, has a 10-year repayment term and one-year grace period. ###