PANELCO III holds 23rd general assembly
Text and photos by Virgilio Sar. Maganes
URDANETA CITY- More than 5,000 consumer-members of the Pangasinan III Electric Cooperative (Panelco III) attended the 23rd General Assembly held at its Multi-Purpose Hall in Nancayasan village here on April 16.
The annual assembly has its theme,” Strengthened Partnership with Stakeholders: A Key to Sustainable Cooperative Development, Financial Viability and System Reliability Towards Excellent Service.”
It was also attended by Provincial Liga ng mga Barangay President Amadeo T. Espino , who represented Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., Guest of Honor and Speaker, Atty. Fulgencio A. Vigare, Jr., Oversight Administrator for Electric Cooperatives of Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), CDA Asst. Regional Director Josefina B. Bitonio, CDA Asst. Regional Director Angelito U. Sacro, Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio E. “Bobom” Perez IV, Laoac Mayor Silverio Alarcio, Jr. and Asingan Mayor Heidi Ganigan-Chua.
In a brief program, Mayor Bobom Perez welcomed the consumer-members and guests stressing the importance of the electric cooperatives in bringing development through electric power in every municipality and barangay in the country. He lauded the Board of Directors headed by Engr. Norberto M. Del Prado and the management staff of Panelco III headed by General Manager Ferdinand M. Cerezo for the efficient service to the consuming public.
“Panelco III is an instrument of development. Without electricity, government offices will not be effective and efficient in providing services to the people. Office machines and traffic lights will not run without electricity,” he said even as he committed the city government to support the programs and projects of the electric cooperative.
In his opening remarks, Norberto M. Del Prado, Chair of the Board of Directors, explained the purpose of the annual assembly which is to provide the 2010 financial and operational reports of Panelco III and to present the amendments of the by-laws of the electric cooperative in consonance with Republic Act No. 9520 or the Philippine Cooperative Code.
“There is a problem in our procurement system. Last year, we spent 66 million for our supplies and I am giving full authority to GM (Ferdinand) Cerezo to scout more suppliers for fair playing field. We have to save a lot as possible,” Del Prado told the consumer-members.
Del Prado also said that with the approval of the amendments of the by-laws, election of new members of the Board of Directors will follow.
“We will start the elections in the Districts where there are vacancies in the Board. These are District I composed of Villasis, Sto. Tomas, Barangays Carmen East and West of Rosales, District III composed of Mapandan and Laoac and District VIII composed of Sta. Maria, Balungao and Rosales,” he further said.
Other districts are: District II- Urdaneta City, Barnagy Inamotan (Manaoag), District IV- Binalonan, Pozorrubio, District V- Asingan, San Manuel, District VI- San Nicolas, Tayug, Natividad and District VII- San Quintin and Umingan.
Atty. Vigare, who retired from his position on April 15 as CDA Oversight Administrator for Electric Cooperatives, emphasized that the consumer-members of the electric cooperatives are also owners. “You own this electric cooperative.”
Speaking in behalf of Governor Espino, Provincial Liga ng mga Barangay President Amadeo T. Espino urged the consumer-members to lessen their consumption on electrical power due to the impending problems on oil supplies from the Middle East especially Libya.
“Save electricity. Program the use of your appliances. Know what appliances are to be maintained and not to be overused. Be conscious also in paying your electrical bills. This is your prime responsibility,” Espino told the consumer-members.
Espino donated P10,000 which was raffled off to the consumer-members. He also received the Plaque of Appreciation in behalf of Governor Espino, presented by General Manager Ferdinand M. Cerezo.
After the brief program, the highlights of 2010 financial and operational accomplishments of Panelco III were presented. In between presentations, raffle draws of appliances were conducted for the consumer-members.
The amendments to the by-laws were presented and ratified by the consumer-members.
Also in attendance were: Engr. Huberto Y. Te, Asst. General Manager, Director Peter A. Chua, Director Herminio Rabang, and Director Donald C. Uy.
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