Leyte Samar Daily Express

TACLOBAN CITY- A consumer group based in Naval town, Biliran is now in the midst of gathering signatures from power consumers in a bid to “pressure” the management of the Biliran Electric Cooperative (Bileco) to convert it into a cooperative.

Victor “Atok” del Rosario, provincial coordinator of the Nasecore (National Association of Electricity Consumers for Reform), said that they are pushing for the conversion of the Bileco into a “real cooperative” for the advantage of the consumers.

Del Rosario said that under the country’s EPIRA (Electric Power Industry Reform) Law, power cooperatives are given the options to convert into a cooperative under the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) or remain with the National Electric Administration (NEA).

“We want the Bileco be converted into a real cooperative under the supervision of the CDA to make it as absolutely tax exempt, which could result to a significant reduction of power rates in Biliran,” he said.

At present, the Bileco charges P10.53 per kilowatt hour, which del Rosario claimed to be the highest electricity rate among the region’s power cooperatives.

“What we are fighting is for the interest of the member-consumers. Bileco’s power rate is the highest in the region. How can Biliran attract investors if the cost of our electricity is so high?” del Rosario said.

According to del Rosario, their group has joined forces on their signature campaign with some sectors notably the business sector as well as the barangay officials.

He said that they hope to gather 10,000 signatures out of the more than 25,000 member-consumers of Bileco which serves the provincial capital of Naval and all towns of the province except the island town of Maripipi.

According to del Rosario, the gathered signatures would be submitted to the officials of the power cooperative as well as to the members of the provincial board.

“We want to pressure them for them to heed the voice of the people seeking for conversion of Bileco into a real cooperative where the people would have a genuine ownership of the power cooperative,” he said.

He added that the projected 10,000 signatures would hopefully make the Bileco management initiate a referendum wherein the member-consumers would vote whether they would favor the conversion of the said power utility under CDA or not.

Del Rosario said that they hope that a referendum for this purpose could be held before October which signals the election period for the 2013 polls.

The Nasecore has been in the forefront for the conversion of all power utilities in country under the CDA. All the 13 power cooperatives in the region are still under NEA.

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102 COMMENTS

  1. Kini nga kampanya sa pag converter sa Bileco ngadto a pag cooperative gibuhat na ni sa panahon ni Gov. Jaro pero walay nahitabo.Unsa pa kaha karon nga kasabot na kita ug kinsa ang nagpaluyo sa mga personalidad nga karon anaa diha sa bileco. Gani gisayon sayon man lang ngani pag brown-out ang koryente panahon sa pag proklamar sa mga kandidato sa miaging eleksyon… sa mga magic nga nahitabo. Maayo pa unta ug magsabot ang tanang mga consumers nga dili mogamit ug koryente bisan sa usa ka adlaw lang!

  2. Nagpabilib na sab si JDR!? punto por punto:
    1. Tinuod ba nga ang BILECO ang pinakataas ug rate sa region 8 nga elec coops? Pwede ba ilatad denhi ni JDR ang iya claim based on facts! Ayaw ta nianang tumo-tumo o bana-bana lang, segi daw bi JDR imantala denhi ang “official” rate matag elec coop sa reg8 aron makita ang katag.
    2. Klaro na jud si JDR nga pataka lang. DILI 13 ka elec coop ang region8 kondili 11 LANG!
    3. Ipalatad denhi ni JDR isip ebedensiya nga KUNG elec coop UNDER SA CDA mobarato ba ang rate sa kuryente. Sa 119 ka elec coop sa Pilipinas, adunay 3-6 na siguro nga mga elec coop gikan sa NEA nga converted na under sa CDA, pwede ba ilatad dendi ni JDR ang ilang coop performance ug tinuod ba nga mikunhod ang ilang rate ikumpara sa under pa sila sa NEA? Tingali baya unya kung makurat kita sa resulta! Kung tinuoray ug matinud-anon si JDR niining iyang kawsa dapat iya gilatad denhi ang mga factual comparison, dili kay mahulog lang unya ta sa binutbot ug hiwi nga pampahumot sa pamolitika para 2013!
    3. Iklaro daw JDR ang issue sa tax nga wala na sa elec coop kung under na sa CDA…. iklaro pag storya denhi ang bahin niini nga punto kay tingali ug wala pa nimo mabasa ug tibuok ang maong CDA Law bahin sa tax liability kung ang usa ka coop under sa CDA moabot na ang fixed capital asset nga P100M.??? sa kaso sa BILECO siguro ko nga ang masunod nga fixed capital asset niini nga basehanan unya sa CDA, lapas na kaayo sa P100M! So naa diay gihapon tax ang coop bisan under na sa CDA!

    Aniay gamay nako nga tampo bahin sa rate sumala sa ERC rules:

    Kung under ka sa NEA:
    Power Rate = operation cost (OPEX) + capital expenditure (CAPEX)

    Kung under ka sa CDA or Private Company:
    Power Rate = OPEX + CAPEX + Profit (12%)
    (Ipatong ang profit kay dili na man “non-profit” ang coop kay unsa man ihatag nga patronage refund or dividends sa mga membro kondili adto man sa profit gikan. Sama lang kini sa gigisa kita sa kaugalingong mantika kay may madawat man gani kita, ang ato ra sab gipatong sa rate ang gibayad sa atoa)
    Hilabi na kung ang usa nga membro kay stock coop na man: ang gamay ug stock gamay ug madawat dividend ug ang dako ug stock dako ug dividend + dako ug patronage refund, so kinsa lang ang moangay ug dako ug impluwensya, ang dako ug gibutang nga kwarta nga stock sa coop nga CDA. samantalang ang non-stock, non-profit nga coop under NEA, kita tanan konsumedor pareho lang ug level ug authority as member-walay iwit!

    Karon denhi pa lang sumala sa ERC nga maoy MAGBUOT sa ipahamtang nga mga rates sa tanan Electric Distributors (Coop under NEA, Coop under CDA ug Private Company) dayag na kaayo nga DILI DIAY DAYON POSIBLE nga kung under sa CDA mobarato ang kuryente KONDILI MAY POSIBILIDAD pa hinuon nga MOTAAS ANG RATE tungod sa profit nga ipatong aron may mahatag nga dividends. Sanglit ipamantala ni JDR ang mga naconverted na ngato sa CDA ang ilang “official” coop performance ug rates.

    Sige daw JDR gihagit ta ka sa pagsanong niini sulod sa usa ka bulan aron mabasa nimo ug matino nimo ang tanan, dili kay tinaphaw lang!

  3. Itong si Tagabukid siguro taga BELECO ito…ano? Bakit di mo sinuportahan si JDR….Tagabukid na taga BELECO!!! Tama na yong sariling interes sana sa interes naman ng mga nakakaraming kunsumidor! Mantakin mong domuble ang power bill ngayon na binabayaran natin kaysa lumipas na buwan o mga buwan. Siguro tama lang siguro na maghanap tayo ng solusyon sa ika-giginhawa nating naghihirap na! Bakit Tagabukid sinusupalpal mo kaagad si JDR….di ka ba taga Biliran? Ano ba ang meron dyan sa BELECO na ayaw mong mabago? Tanong lang…….

  4. BILIRAN ISLAND WEB POLL

    Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the power service of BILECO?
    Dissatisfied 69.94 % (221)
    Satisfied 30.06 % (95)
    Total votes: 316

    study this tagabukid. hulat lang sa info and education campaign to follow na. all your questions will be answered. jdr can run any position he decides. he is very much qualified. nangurog man kamo dayon, may gikahadlokan mo? wait lang sa result sa signature campaign para makita nimo ang sentimento sa mga Biliranon. I am sure malipong ka. hehehe. relax.

  5. pataka man lang ka. wala tawon pay announcement si jun del rosario sa iya plan for 2013. una una ka man. if ever dagan cya, i suggest for a provincial position kay ang iya advocacy is for the whole province. gikan na cya pagka sb for ur info.

  6. Agosto4 ug Pilyo:
    Hehe mao ba? Kay mao lagi ngaipatubag ni Jdr kini nga mga punto….
    Unsay walay paglaban? Nagpakita jud mo intawon sa inyong kagalkal ngatunog, daw latang walay sulod!
    Survey? Tell it to the marines….
    Let the Biliranon talk bisan tagabukid pro mao ni comment nga may unod, dili pareho nyo comment langas lang klarong walay sulod!
    Dili ko taga BILECO pero nagtamod ko sa sakto nga mga facts ug reference, kamo andam ba sa inyong position nga wala man mo makatubag deritso sa akong punto denhi?
    It’s time to rumble!!! Pero sa abilidad sa kahibalo dili sa mga waykabawo!

  7. … kinsa kahay nangurog karon nato? ayaw na ta nianang daghan nyo alibi, tubaga na lang ni ninyo ang ako punto por punto kay naa pa sumpay niana aron masukod nato ang tinuod kung sakto ba na inyo pastor jdr.
    bahin sab sa inyo gusto ipadagan n jdr sa election, hala padgana siya bisan unsa kay wala mi paki alam niya kay DILI man sab mi moboto niya! hahaha ang mga pareho lang ninyo ug kalidad ang mogagad nya.
    ok ipatubag na kay nia pa daghan nako isunod pangutana nya aron masukod ang iya abilidad!

  8. BENEFITS OF A CDA REGISTERED ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE:

    1. IT WILL ESTABLISH THE FULL OWNERSHIP OF ITS CONSUMERS OF THE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE WHICH HAS BEEN LONG DENIED THEM, THUS GIVING SUBSTANCE TO THE WORD “COOPERATIVE”
    – The Cooperative By- laws is very explicit in saying that ”The Cooperative member- Consumers are the joint owners of the Electric Cooperative”;
    – The Member- Consumers through its Board of Directors being the owners of the EC shall be the one to decide in giving out Investment Management Contracts of their Cooperative to the Private Sectors.

    2. IT WILL NO LONGER BE SUBJECT TO THE MARTIAL POWER OF NATIONAL ELECTRIFICATION ADMINISTRATION (NEA) UNDER PRESIDENTIAL DECREE 1645, AMENDING PD 269;
    – Under Section 3 of PD 1645, NEA has the power to hire and fire any General Manager/s of an Electric Cooperative/s.
    – Under Section 5, the NEA has the authority to suspend and/ or dismiss any or all of the members of the Board of Directors, Officers or employees of an Electric Cooperative;
    – Approved Long Term and Yearly Developmental and Financial Plan of the of the ECs including immediate expansion of electric supply when need arises;

    3. IT WILL ENJOY THE PREVILEDGE OF EXEMPTION FROM TAX AND OTHER FEES (LOCAL AND NATIONAL), INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO FINAL TAXES ON MEMBERS DEPOSITS AND DOCUMENTARY TAX; UNDER THE INTERNAL REVENUE LAWS AND OTHER TAX LAWS.AS PROVIDED R.A. 9520;
    – Section 7, A Joint Rules and Regulation implementing Article 60, 61 and 144 of the Code in relation to R.A. No. 8424, tax exemption of duly registered cooperatives;

    A. Transacts business with its own members only:
    1. Income Tax imposed by the Title II of NTRS as amended;
    2. Value Added Tax (VAT) imposed under Title IV of NIRC as amended;
    3. Percentage Tax imposed under Title V of the NIRC as amended;
    4. Donors Tax under Title III of the NIRC as amended;
    5. Excise Tax under Title VI of the NIRC as amended;
    6. Documentary stamp tax;
    7. Annual registration fee of Php 500. 00;
    8. All taxes on transactions with insurance companies and banks including but not limited to 20% final tax on interest deposits and 7.5% final income or interest income derived from a depository banks under the expanded foreign currency deposit system;
    9. VAT on revenues on distribution, supply metering and lifeline subsidy of electricity to their members.

    B. Transaction of business with member and non-members (Section 8)

    4. IT WILL BE ABLE TO SOURCE FUNDS NOT ONLY FROM NEA OR OTHER GAs AND GFIs BUT ALSO FROM OUTSIDE FOREIGN DONORS AND OR FINANCING INSTITUTIONS (FIs) AND NON- GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS (NGOs);

    5. IT WILL BE ABLE TO OPERATE LIKE ANY OTHER REGULAR BUSINESS ORGANIZATION FREE FROM GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE AND CONTROL;
    – All Electric Power Cooperative (Under Rule VI Section 2) can now undertake power generation utilizing new and renewable energy sources, including hybrid systems acquisition and operation of sub- transmission and a distribution and supply of electricity as its primary purpose and shall continue to undertake the implementation of Rural Electrification Program in their respective areas and the power of eminent domains shall be in full force and effect.
    – The power to venture into power generation is not allowed under the present set- up. It is only possible under R.A. No. 9520. That gives EC the opportunity to produce its own power requirements and the profit margin that goes with it will undoubtedly accrue to the benefits of the member- consumers.

    6. ITS REGISTRATION IS INLINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORT TO PRIVITIZE THE ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY;

    7. IT WILL CHARGE CHEAPER POWER RATES AS IT IS A NON- PROFIT BUSINESS ORGANIZATION;

    8. THE HIGH SYSTEM LOSS THAT PRIVATE UTILITIES (MERALCO) IS EXPERIENCING WILL NOT HAPPEN SINCE MEMBER- CONSUMERS WHO ARE NOW OWNERS, WILL BE THE ONE TO DETERMINE THEIR POLICY IN THE COOPERATIVE AND RECOMMEND ITS RATES TO ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION (ERC);

    9. IT WILL BE MORE RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF ITS CUSTOMERS AS ALL OF THEM ARE ITS OWNERS;

    10. EACH MEMBER- CONSUMERS WILL ENJOY INTEREST ON THEIR SHARE CAPITAL (CONTRIBUTION) AND PATRONAGE REFUND FOR PATRONIZING THE SERVICES RENDERED BY THE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE TO THEM;

    11. MEMBER- CONSUMERS SHALL HAVE THE RIGHTS IN RUNNING THE COOPERATIVE AS PROVIDED IN THEIR BY- LAWS, ELECT AND REMOVE THEIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS;

    12. THE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE BEING AN ONGOING VIABLE BUSINESS ENTERPRIZE DOES NOT NEED ANY LONGER HUGE START UP CAPITAL.
    – The members will merely inherit a business conglomerate already assured of a continuing operation while allowing them stock ownership. However, the management will remain under the present set- up especially if the present management group had already proven their managerial competence.

    13. THE ELECTRIC POWER CONSUMER WILL HAVE A RARE OPPORTUNITY OF HAVING AN INITIAL CAPITAL BUILD UP BY SIMPLY COMPUTING THEIR LOAN AMORTIZATION PAYMENTS WHICH HAVE BEEN INCORPORATED IN THEIR ELECTRIC BILLS, TO INCLUDE PAYMENTS ON PROPERTY TAXES TOGETHER WITH THEIR CORRESPONDING DEPOSITS MADE BY TREATING THEM AS THE INITIAL CAPITAL BUILD UP OF INDIVIDUAL MEMBER CONSUMERS.
    – The amount being part of the capital build up and this being the share capital of the members it will have to earn an interest at a rate that will be determined by the Board of Directors, This is so provided in Article 113 and Rule VI Section 12.

    14. AN AMOUNT EQUIVALENT TO PHP 18 BILLION PESOS FOR LOAN GRANTED BY NEA TO ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES HAVE BEEN CONDONED AS ONE OF THE MAJOR PROVISION OF THE EPIRA LAW AND THIS HAVE GREATELY ENHANCED THE FINANCIAL VIABILITY OF THE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES.
    – This amount will now be treated as donated capital and will solely be treated and computed to determine the equity participation of the members. This will not however be divided and sold.

  9. yesterday i posted a comment on jdr facebook account kay naglibog ko sa iyang gi istorya nga mobarato ang presyo sa kuryente kung ma converter na ang bileco. Dire sa manila pwerteng saka-a sa presyo sa kuryente gikan pa niadtong bulan sa abril. natingala ngani ko pagbakasyon diha niadtong mayo kay 2 kapin ra man ang generation rate diha samtang dire sa manila 5. last june 6 kappin unya karon july moabot na kuno og 7.

    wala pa gani ko makapadayon pag isplika iya mang gi delete ang akong comment. Wala ko magtoo nga may pagka bastos ba d i nang tawhana nga mibotar raba ko niya niadtong milabay nga eleksiyon sa dihang midagan siya ka bise governor.

    wala akoy mahimo kay iya man nang facebook account. para sa ako aron masulbar ang padayon nga pagtaas sa kuryente kay apektado man tibu-ok pilipinas mao ang pag gamit og solar energy kay kini dili mogama og greenhouse gases unya unlimited ang supply niini.

    manghinaot ako nga kamo diha sa biliran magplano og realistic nga pamaagi sa pagpakonhod sa inyong taripa sa kuryente. Ayaw tag sundog sa Isabela og Benguet nga nagdali-dali unya na problema hinoon karon sa illang operation.

  10. merlin paca

    ang pagdelete sa imo comment sa facebook account sa usa ka tawo iya kana katungod. u have to respect that. it does not mean bastos ang tawo. kini mao ang tamang forum sa imo mga comments and observation. mahitungod sa isabela og benguet, show your proof sa imo claim bec our own information is of the opposite.

  11. Pilyo:
    Ayoha sab na pag copy and paste uy kay nagyagaw lang ambot nakasabot ba pod kaha ka sa imong gipost hahaha

    Okey ato ganiron aron pod makasabot ka sa imo copy n paste:
    Benefits of a CDA….
    1., 2., 3. A (1-9), mao ni gipanghambog nga basehanan nga mobarato lagi daw kung under na sa CDA, ang ako suhestyon dili ko makiglalis sa unod niini imo gi paste, ANG PANGUTANA, IPOST LAGI DENHI ANG MGA NAG UNA NA NGA ELEC COOP nga under na karon sa CDA kung TINUOD ba MIKONHOD ila POWER RATE base sa imo gikopya nga texts. Segi na ipost na ang official nila nga rate ha… so wala gihapon mo makatubag niini puntoha ayaw nang likoliko.

    B, (4-14) hehehe naunsa na ni Pilyo nga wala na man ni sugod sa 1 klaro jud wala ka kasabot sa imo gi post kay copy and paste without knowing ka man ondo.
    Anyway, ayaw na ipanghambog kini denhi kung tinuod ka nagbasa sa EPIRA Law, (4 & 5) applied na kini karon bisan sa EC nga under sa NEA. DILI kini kay para lang sa under sa CDA. Pakisayod bahin niini kay klaro jud nga latang alingongog nga walay sulod ang imo pag paste niani denhi!
    (6) Ang privatization policy ba makabarato sa power rate? Uy hehehe naunsa na man ang Tongonan Geothermal nga Lopez na karon nanag iya, gikan sa NPC PSALM nga P3.50/kwh lang karon nga private na, pila na man as high as P7.50/kwh depende sa paliton sa EC, kung daghan ka ug demand (like LEYECO 2 nga 30MW- barato, pero ug gamay ka nga EC like Biliran nga 5MW lang and demand, MAHAL ila presyo.) Kahibalo ka ba sa Law of Supply and Demand? Mao na sa privatization dodong!
    Ang pag himo sa rate DILI SAMA ka sayon sa imong pagsabot karon. Ang EC nga under sa CDA nga mao na mag buot niini? hahaha are you sure? Please learn more on power rate application and procedures. Sa ako na gilatad kung unsaon ang rate computation nga under sa NEA, sa CDA ug sa Private Company icontest una kung dili ba mao hahaha. Again ipost denhi ninyo ang actual ug official Power Rate sa mga EC nga naa na sa CDA aron makita ang kamatuoran ayaw na ta nianang daghan copy and paste nga wordings, ANG ILANG TINUOD NGA RATE IPOST DENHI.
    Systems Loss ang konsumedor magbuot kung CDA na? hahaha ondo pageskwela elec engineer kung unsa ug ngano kini naa man niini.

    Basta ang tubag lang gikinahanglan ninyo mao ra ni a pagkakaron kay aron hatagan na mo sa laing punto:
    IPOST DENHI ANG POWER RATE SA MGA EC NGA UNDER NA SA CDA UG IKOMPARA ANG ILANG RATE SA UNDER PA SILA SA NEA. ANG ILANG PERFORMANCE UG IAPIL ANG ILANG SYSTEM LOSS!

  12. to tagabulkid

    CHANGE NOT ONLY OF THE REGISTRATION BUT ALSO OF PEOPLE’S HEART. U BETTER BE READY ESP. PAG MAY TINATAGO KA.

    ITO PATIKIM. PALECO EXPERIENCE.

    Palawan Electric Cooperative Inc.
    PALECO EXPERIENCE
    • PALECO also declared a net surplus of
    P10,368,851.00 wherein 70% of which or
    P7,258,196.00 was allocated as
    Patronage Refund and Dividend for
    distribution to its members. Its thrust is
    to distribute Patronage Refund and
    Interest on Capital on all its members
    every time PALECO had a net surplus on
    its operation.
    Palawan Electric Cooperative Inc.
    PALECO EXPERIENCE
    • Last May 21, 2011, it distributed Patronage
    Refund to all its members for its net surplus
    in the year 2007, the highest paid amount
    to a member is more than SIXTY
    THOUSAND PESOS.

  13. ay sus, nahug la mo sa patibong ni jun del rosario. sa una, naa to siyay gikaptan nga organisasyon nga ambot unsa to, unya, dinha na pu’y iyang divine mercy nga sige siya ampo ampo sa radyo nga kuno, sirado siya nga katoliko. karon kay wa ma,y nanginanu, nag born again na pud ni siya anang iyang jdr mission churva. unya kay wa man ni click, diri na pud sia aning nasecore. congrats sa iya kay nakuha gyud niya ang atensyon nga iyang gipangita. kay syempre kitang mga kabus mangita gyud tag asa ta makatipid. unya kay ang bileco kay taas man ug rate, mao iya giigo. pustaanay ta, kung wa,y mokagat ani niya karon, magtukod na pud ni siyag grupo nga moingon, moubos ang presyo sa merkado. ahay. sa mailad lang.

  14. mila

    dili ka Diyos para maghusga sa imo isigkatawo. awa la ka. paghimo pod imo mga kalihokan. at least si jdr daghan natabangan. ikaw unsa man imo achievement o contribution kuno? cge daw ibutyag.

  15. To BILECO :

    Let us give JDR the benefit of a doubt…..Now let us give him the
    time to post every single information he can gather ( kay basin diay
    naka experience ug barato ang mga converted to CDA ) wala may mawala nato kung maminaw o maghulat lang una sa mga e post niya
    JDR has nothing to gain on this issue at the moment except for the
    things he has to post we will wait and see the information good to the people of Biliran and or rather into kamahalan sa kuryente.

    JDR at this moment the voice of the people is under your spell specially for the notion nga mubarato ang kuryente, but if this things
    you are introducing will only add another burden to the people of
    Biliran will i am for sure this will also hunt you even in your most private time.

    So im hoping it will be for the Good not for the Worse. Use your intelligent on this issue ahead of everything else and put aside every intention that might downturn your path…so paniguro gyud ug e sure pag post sa mga information and that will solidify your claim and victory not only to you but for the rest of BILIRANONS.

  16. Aron makakuha ug votes karung umaabot na election, Ang pinaka maayo na tirahan ay Ang Bileco.

    Mau sad ni Ang gibuhat ni JDR, gigamit niya Ang BILECO Aron mo Taas iyang popularity.

    Mag pa potol ko sa akong liog Kung dili modagan si JDR karung umaabot na Election.

    Kini sad Ang BILECO, pag d maka bayad Ang konsimidor in one month. Mamutol dayun ug kuryente. Mahal ug cge lang on and off Ang serbisyo sa kuryente na layo pa man unta Ang pasko.

  17. tama ka parcel, jdr must be given a chance. this movement must be given a chance. sa kadugay na sa panahon nag antos ang mga tao sa serbisyo sa kuryente. the first thing to change is an OPEN MIND. may time sa info and dissemination period or campaign before sa referendum. i am sure jdr and his team will do that brgy to brgy to explain to the people. remember, this will be decided by a referendum. YES or NO. anyone, everyone has the right to campaign for or againts. the People of Biliran will decide in a referendum. this is what the movement is all about.

  18. Pilyo:
    Heheheh nia na sab nagpahaba ka na pod sa gibahin nga kwarta man kaha sa PALECO, ang amo gusto ninyo ipost denhi kung mikunhod ba ang power rate kung CDA na ikompara kung under pa sa NEA ang elec coop.
    Segi daw tubayan ta ka nianang PALECO, kay pila man ang subscribe members nianang PALECO? Mao siguro moingon ka P60T ang gibahin matag membro kay tingali ug maihap ra pod ang nanag-iya sa PALECO as a coop under CDA. Porke ba mag CDA ang usa ka elec coop automatic na tanan dayon mahimong membro o tag-iya sa elec coop nga under na sa CDA? DILI kay mag agad kini sa kapasidad sa usa ka kounsumedor kung naa ba siya kwarta itampo sa stocks. Kung wala ka stocks gibayad, aw consumer ka lang DILI ka member sa elec coop ug wala ka pod madawat dividends ug patronage!
    Mo lagi ayaw una ta nianang gibahin man kaha nga kwarta, ang pangutana ADUNA BA KABARATO sa Power Rate sa mga naa sa CDA ikompara sa naa sa NEA based sa ila official records. Maora gud ni intawon gipangayo aron mosuporta ang mga tawo niining inyong kawsa ayaw na ta nianang blind info!

    Mala:
    Kini si Pilyo close ni nga desipulo ni jdr, hehehe bids with the same feather flock together.

    Parcel5.03:
    TOTALLY AGREE ko ninyo ni Mala!

  19. tagabukid

    there is an info and dissemination campaign period should BILECO agrees to hold a referendum for this purpose. Ilatag ang tanan nga advantages and benefits sa conversion and all other issues and concern tubagon. its up to the People of Biliran to decide. Hulat lang.

    re jdr running for public office, if i were to suggest not for Board Member but for Vice-Governor, the same position he ran in 2010. ang iya advocacy is provincial. but we havent heard JDR in his radio program mentioning his 2013 plans. lets way and see. relax ka lang ha. masyado kang atat. hahaha.

  20. pilyo,
    panginanua ng imong idol JDR, kung dili man gani ikaw si JDR. iya na ng gipasigwar sa facebook ug bisan dinhi sa bi.com nga mudagan gyud siya ka board member sa first district. naa na siyay movement para ana. ug pinaagi sa pag sige ug kontra kontra sa bileco, sigurado ko, makakuha gyud siyag daghan botos. basin modaug pa. congrats daan. kung ang nagpasimuno aning nga convert bileco movement may kridebilidad pa unta, basin mo suporta pa ko.

  21. JDR:
    naunsa naman tong imong divine mercy? nag sabat sabat ra ba kos imo ato. karon, naa na pud kay born again movement sa may sitio lupa dapita. makahinumdum man pud ta kang brother steve grienke ana.

  22. @ parcel 5.03
    you are a very kind man. the way ka mo comment, it seems nga respetado ka. pero, sige na tag hatag ug benefit of the doubt aning tawhana, so much so puro na lang doubt ang nahabilin everytime naa ni siyay tukuron nga grupo. we always doubt his intentions kay naa man gud hidden agenda pirmi.
    tama si political science, mo bilib ko ni JDR ug dili gyud siya mo dagan unya ipadayon ni niya iyang adbokasiya.

  23. mala

    sayod na imo information. wala intawoy formal and public announcement si jdr nga modagan cya sa 2013 and as to the position. pero if ako la pabut-on i want him to run for the same position, Vjce-Governor. Wait la ta sa October 7 last day of filing. Iya mana katungod pod pagdagan. At least si JDR may gibuhat para sa katawhan, di tulad ng marami dyan. hahaha.

  24. to pilyo,

    fyi, napungot ko sa unethecal behavior ni jdr over the net. i have passed some information on jdrs web activity to bileco. I bactracted some of those files. bahala na sila adto. I have taken hold of some information that this guy (whom i volted for the in last election) will run for either board member of sb position comes 2012. He is no longer worth my vote. Hopefully a didicated yuppie in Biliran will fill the void.

  25. merly paca

    its your right not to vote jdr comes election that if he runs again. wala man cyay formal public announcement for 2013. all we hear is his advocacy re the conversion. your free to do what is feel is appropriate- go ahead.

    to mala

    ayaw eapil ang walay labot. mr. greinke is not a part of the org and projects of jdr. focus la sa issue sa conversion, ayaw personal coz wala kanay labot and wont help.

  26. maniguro na si jdr kay hapit na eleksyon hahahaha,,,,,pag hakot ug taga villalon diha sa navalll…arun mao mo botar nimo…

  27. SUPORTA KO NI JDR, KINSAY ANGAL DHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BITAW KAMO MGA BILECO MAG CGE MO UG PATAWAG UG MEETING APAN WAY HINONGDAN KAY UNSA BAY SALABOTAN NAMO ANANG GIPAMUTANG NINYO NGA MGA BAYRANAN. MAAYO PA UG MAG PATAWAG MO UNYA INGNON NINYO NGA ATONG UBOS UBOSAN ANG BAYRANAN DAGHAN PA MOTAMBONG ANA.

  28. well, pilyo, its either you really didnt JDR’s public pronouncements of running for 1st district board member, or you just refuse to know. pangutan a siya aron ma klaro gyud nimo. for sure naa kay facebook account, susiha didto, naa siyay separate account for that. kana kung wa pa niya gi delete. but still, congrats sa iya, kay nakuha gyud niya iyang tumong- nga pirmi siya ang topic sa mga storya sa lungsod. wa man pud ko niingon nag apil si greinke sa inyong relihiyon, niingon ko, makahinumdum ko niya sa pagtukod ni jdr aning iyang relihiyon. ahay. comprehend gad. congrats daan to jdr. for board member, or vice governor, or sb member, or maybe governor, for sure daghan jud siya votes.

  29. he is a topic or subject bec he is a public figure and not just ordinary, naa cyay advocacy nga gipromote og gibarugan. he deserves to in the position more than others. no doubt about it. he is not in power but he remains in the limelight of public service even sa iya private capacity.

    pero let us avoid personalities here. let us focus sa issue. let us study on our own where we stand about aning proposed conversion sa BILECO. unta may referendum aron let the debate begin na para makita ang katag and let the people decide what is best for them, for us.

    why BILECO is afraid to call for a referendum if they are confident nga mas sakto cla? Call a referendum now para mapildi matunghan ni si JDR and BILECO can prove na walay unod og sayop si JDR.

    challenge na sa mga taga BILECO labi na sa Board or Management. referendum na. NOW na. NOW na.

  30. IMHO, kani si Pilyo kay mao ni si JDR or kanang kamay or batos guro ni siya kay grabe man ang iya depensa… Hehe

    Anyways, I agree to “tagabukid”… E post ang tanang ebidensya nga magpamatuod nga mas makabarato ta kung ma under na sa CDA ang Bileco… That’s the only thing nga maka kumbinsir sa mga forumer dinhi specially sa mga ni contest… Kung walay ma post nga mga evidence then there’s no reason for us to support that…

  31. cebu boy sa naval

    let BILECO call sa referendum kay andam cgurado si jdr og iya team pag atubang sa tanang brgy pagdepensa sa ila katoyoan. there is no point to campaign this time unless ang BILECO magtawag og referedum para niini. Mao na ang proseso cebu boy sa naval. Hala adtoa ang BILECO pangutan-a ngano deli cla mopahigayon referendum. May gikahadlokan? Pangutana lang kini.

  32. makalingaw ni ato topic karon kay conversion. basin sa umaabot nga adlaw siya na usab ang manguna sa charter change sa Pilipinas. Ma alegre na ni karon kay hasta ang mga pulitiko mosakay na usab. piro mas maau unta kini si jdr mopakita sa iyang computation sa electricity rate after conversion. Mas maayo sab og ang bileco mopakita sab sa ialng kwentada aron duna tay ensakto nga komentaryo ani nga issue. Una ko mohatag sa akong komentaryo mo adto sa ko sa PNPA og sa PMA kay dawaton naman kuno didto ang mga converted.

  33. i think we are wasting our time debating on weather electricity price will go up or down after conversion. simple man lang ang dapat interpretation ani. kung allowed ta of ROI then mas taas jud ang rate piro kung walay ROI diha sa rate then walay saka sa rate.

    Kani bitaw gasolina kaniadto sa dihang gobyerno pa ang nag nag supervise duna may oil price stabiliation fund piro sa dihang gi privatize na matag karon og unya saka taas ang presyo unya mas damo raba ang saka.

    In fairness to jdr maau kana nga advocacy kay kining kuryente just like oil dili ni malugi nga negosyo kay dunay market. On the part of BILECO wala na moy sala kung dili na ninyo mapasigaan ang tibuok Biliran after conversion kay dili na ninyo kana responsibilidad. Ang importante mo ganansiya mo sa inyong operation aron dunay mabahin bahin ang mga capitalist member sa bag-o na unya nga electric company

  34. Pilyo:
    Ok bitaw na naa na referendum, aron mantunghan ang tanan.
    Pero ang ako nahibaw-an kamo ra ba nga gusto magrefrendum molihok ug mogasto niana, ug dili makabalibad ang BILECO kung han-ay na tanan… so go hikayi na ninyo!

  35. tagabukid

    pag research oi. ang magpatawag og mohikay sa referendum of BILECO mismo. if deli moaction bisay man petition, mao kana ang second option nga members initiated referendum. hulata la kana if magmagahi ang BILECO sa mando sa katawhan.

    salamat kelly and genrose. pag may referendum na magkaalaman na. maglatagay na sa mga argumento og mga positions para ang tawo magpili mag decide. sanglit dapat magtawag na REFENDUM ang BILECO. Game na?

  36. Hi biliranisland bloggers. Kung tatakbo uli si JDR d ko maniniwala sa kanya. Ung aunte ko na nasa states minsan na niyang napaliwala na nagkakawang-gawa siya. Napakag donate pa nga iyon sa paypal account ni JDR piro wala man lang acknowlegment kung saan ginamit. Di ba dapat accountable tayo sa resources na ipinagkatiwala sa atin?

    Paano na kaya kung siya na ang magiging manager ng bileco. Maaasahan kaya natin siya na pangalagaan ang pag aari ng kompanya o baka naman mas lalo lang siyang magiging conceited na tratohin ang kompany as if pag aari niya.

  37. carol1987

    wag ka mag character assassination. mga below the best attacks. focus ka lang sa issue. ang issue rito ay kung bakit ayaw magpatawag ang BILECO ng referendum para makadecide ang tao sa conversion na ito.

    by the way, please name your auntie na sinasabi mo para magkaalaman. let her come forward if may valid concern cya. wag kayo magreklamo na walang basis at dahilan. magreklamo gawa estorya para makapanira. remember, God is watching you.

  38. to pilyo jun del rosario

    verify ninyo paypal account ninyo. $300.00 pinadala ni Aunte Marilou Cabanas. Walang character assasination dito. katotohanan lang

  39. flash news!

    Biliran solon ask the assistance of NBI to track down possible identity thief and digital fraud committed against him.

    asa naman ang imong fb account jdr ang jundelrosarioforboardmenber, jdr files, etc…

  40. Pilyo: Mura ug ikaw ang angayan mag research unsaon ang proseso sa Conversion of EC…

    A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE!

    Niay link (pls click below) aron masabtan nato ang kinatibuk-an sistema sa atong power industry sa Pilipinas ug kung tinuod ba nga conversion sa elec coop ngadto sa CDA ang solusyon aron ingon sila JDR ug Pilyo moubos daw ang power rate. Wala jud intawon mag mention denhi nga pabor sa CDA kondili usa ka national issue of concern ang power rate DILI DALI masulbad sa elec coop (Distribution Utility) nga level lamang.
    http://fdc.ph/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=52&&Itemid=89

    Ania pa jud usa ka link(pls click below) 10 Rason ngano nga taas ang ato balayronon sa kuryente. NOTE: Maghisgot na gani denhi ug Rate of Return Base (RORB) Methodology sa power rate, applicable lamang kini sa DUs nga Private Company (MERALCO) ug EC under sa CDA kay sila allowed man sa balaod sa 12% profit. Ang EC under sa NEA lahi ang rate kay non-stock, non-profit man ang iyang kinaiyahan sumala sa balaod o Cash Based Methodology gamiton(susama kini sa computation sa RORB apan walay ipatung ang 12% profit).
    http://fdc.ph/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=50&&Itemid=89

    Sanglit tinuod man ugaling ang argumento sa NASECORE nga maoy gipasundayag nila JDR ug Pilyo denhi nato, apan dili kini APPLICABLE nga mga issue sa rural areas (like Biliran) nga may EC-NEA kondili sa DUs nga private sa mga dagkong syudad ug kapareho na unya ang level of concern niini kung ang usa ka EC under na sa CDA.

    Anaa sa conclusions niini nga mga position papers, nga kung anaa man ugaling gamay nga kontribusyon nga DUs ngano madugangan ang power rate, kini tungod sa HIWI ug DILI REGULATED ang pamaagi sa usa ka DU sama sa private company ug EC-CDA. Under sa EC-NEA ang tanan nga mga ipasupot nga mga polisiya kinahanglan aprobahan una sa NEA hilabi na kung bahin sa perks and benefits sa ECs samtang sa CDA wala na silay pakialam, kung unsa ang giaprobahan sa EC-CDA deritso na implementasyon.

    Pangutana: PILA NA BA SA TANAN COOP UNDER SA CDA ANG MILAHUTAY HUMAN ANG 10 KA TUIG milabay sa ilang existence? Denhi sa Biliran, sa inyong nahibaw-an, pila ba ang survival rate sa Coops under sa CDA? Kung mao sab ang kapalaran sa BILECO nga mag CDA ma dissolve after 10 years (as an average lifetime per CDA report), andam na ba ang mga taga Bliran nga sapohon sa private company ang ato unya DU nga mas labaw pa mopatong aron masiguro ang ilang ganansya?

  41. Akong ipasabot denhi daan nga ako dili BILECO, kunsumedor ug naningkamot lamang sumala sa akong nahibaw-an sa pagpakabana sa kamaturon alang karon ug sa unya damlag nga resuta sa atong mga desisyon karon ug walay akoy personal interest niini.

    Kung nabasa na nato ang ako gisugyot nga links sa una kong posting, atong mahibaw-an nga ang Effective Rate diay sa atong EC sama sa BILECO nag langkob ug upat ka bahin (makita usab kini nato sa atong power bill), ang Generation, Transmission, Distribution ug Tax. Ang generation, transmission ug tax para kolekta lang niini ang mga ECs sa nasod ug ila kini TANAN iremit pagbalik sa hingtundan, ug ang Distribution (Distribution, Supply & Metering) mao lamang ang magamit sa elec coop ma CDA man o NEA. Sa ato karon BILECO power rate sa milabay Hunyo, ang Residential effective rate P10.77/kwh apan ang mabilin lang isip Distribution Charge P2.68 mao ang para sa BILECO.

    Ang bahin sa Tax sa elec coop kung under na sa CDA, ang tax free alang lamang diay sa transaction sa EC ngadto sa iya mga konsumedor, pero ang Tax para sa Generation ug Transmission PADAYON GIHAPON KINI IPATUNG sa atong power rate! Apil pa unya niini ang gitawag nga more than P10M fixed asset tax kay ang below 10M man lang ang exempted! Nakaibre man kaha tuod sa EC consumer tax pero bawion ra pod pagpatong sa 12% profit unya sa EC-CDA. Wow ato daw ni aninawon kung unsa ka tinuod…

    Kung ang usa ka elec coop magpa convert ngadto under sa CDA o kaha mamahimong private company under sa SEC, kay ang ilang power rate nga gamiton sumala sa ERC Rules (dili ang local elec coop labi na sa CDA magbuot kondili ang ERC) nga RORB methodology man o may patong nga 12% profit, ang pangutana mao kini:

    Makahatag ba ug ubos nga rate ang elec coop under sa CDA?

    Makahatag pa ba sa gitawag nga Missionary Services ang EC under sa CDA sama sa paghatag koneksyon sa mga hilit nga Sitios sa Biliran nga sa gastos niining minilyon ang mobalik nga bills makolekta matag bulan sa maong sitio DILI man gani makasapar sa gasto?

    Ang NEA nga government agency maoy nagpalahutay niining Missionary Services subsidy sa mga sitios apan kung ang EC dili na kini sakop sa NEA, DILI MAN TUGOTAN sa COA PAGHATAG ug funds ang NEA sa PRIVATE entity sama sa EC-CDA, asa man silag magamit nga kawarta nga ang CDA wala may susamang funding facility sa NEA?

    Dili kaha posibling undangon na sa elec coop under sa CDA ang pag operate sa mga sitios kay alkanse man sila unya niini sa operation and maintence cost? Kay ug mopadayon sila mag serbsiyo niini mawala man ang ganansya sa elec coop under CDA ug dili unya sila mkahatag ug partonage refund ug dividend sa matag stock holders niini?

    Karon hain man gayud ang mas pabor, ang elec coop under NEA o under CDA? Aduna kini mga pros and cons pareho pero sa akong lantaw sa kinatibuk-an, walay ikasaad nga maayo under sa CDA hilabi na sa proven track of behavioral aspect sa membro sa usa ka CDA-Coop, mas pabor pa gihapon ako sa under NEA.

    Hangtod intawon karon wala pa jud ipost nila denhi ang Effective Rate sa mga elec coop under CDA ikompara sa under NEA iyawat na lang mausab pa ang akong panabot.

  42. carol1987

    epost dinhi ang email notification gikan iya paypal to prove her transfer to jdr aron masuta. ayaw pataka estorya. cge daw.

  43. m paca

    haa ipa investigate. anyone can create fan account for anyone. unsay daotan ana basta purely fan page/account. no misrepresentation esp for illegal activities. hala ipainvestigate ang tanan na facebook and facebook.

    awa ka wala ka fan account or page? paghimo pod og imo.

  44. salamat kang mano charlie chong sa pagsupport ani nga conversion as member consumer.

    salamat pod kang Vice Governor Montoy Montejo. Hala tubaga tagabukid ang mga accusations ni Vice Governor nga dati Board President sa BILECO?

    tubaga ninyo ang mga pamahayag ni Vice-Gov.

  45. Hehehe Pilyo, alams na asa padung kung si Charlie mosupport. Kay ang resulta niining tanan adto ra man jud sa pagka private DU sa BILECO dili kay molahutay jud under CDA! No wonder kung ang mga dagko negosyante MAY CAPITAL mosuport kunohay sa CDA kay mat-an pa na silas pinya kung asa padulong ang tanan. Ang resulta sila unya ang bulahan!

    Ang unsa man nga issue ni Vice Gov? Aw naa bitaw, kadto membro pa siya sa Board dha BILECO?

    Hehehe naunsa ka na diha Pilyo hasta response nimo kang m paca naunsa na ka? luya man ka dodong wala ka gets sa iya post!

  46. ang mga comments nila charlie chong og vg montejo layo raman sa topic. i was disgusted kay i thought nga ilang e discuss ang mahitungod sa issue sa conversion but sad so say nga ang ilang kaugalingon man ang ilang gi promote. Jun del rosario should invite credible resource persons such as kanang taga cda aron dili ta malayo sa issue. si vice gov could have provided us with relevant information about the conversion kay gikan man unta siya sa bileco piro amortization og loan man hinoon ang iya gihisgotan nga 19 forgetten pa. way lami.

  47. Undya ug mag referendum wa gihapon ta’y dag-anan kay PCOS na man pod ang gamiton pag ihap hehehehehe… Ug dili pa gani, putdon na pod ang linya sama sa nahitabo sa pag proklamar sa mga peke….

  48. tagabukid
    kelly

    wait ta gamay am sure padulong si jdr ana to invite other resource persons re conversion. atat man ka tagabukid.

    dako ang issue sa loan amortization and condonation re conversion esp pag account a real ownership sa cooperative ngadto sa member consumers og katawhan.

    wait la tagabukid i am sure daghan pa inside info si vice-gov nga iya ipagawas sa musunod na broadcast. andam nala kamo pagpanubag.

    first gear pala gani lugwa lagi dayon inyo GM. kinsa pa kaha inyo lain gisaligan? hala patabanga pod unya aron makita ang katag. murag salig man kamo.

  49. pcos

    deli ni makalimbong kay manual man ang counting sa referendum. andam gyod ta daan mga rechargeable lights in case mag kalit black out. hehehe.

    pataka sa man ka bukid. ang movement is conversion pagka cda registered coop deli pag ka private company registered sa sec. naunsa ka sammy t? na t ka na?

  50. Psst hoy Pilyo, paluma-luma man diay ka tubay sa diskusyon denhi wala man diay la alamag sa imong gilabanan ug gituohan!

    Kay kung naa ka pay kahibalo niining mga isyuha ug si JDR, DILI na kamo magdala ug taga gawas sa Biliran aron maoy mohan-ay sa inyong depensa, dapat kamo na mismo motubag ug deritso niining tanan kung kumbensido ug may lawom kamong nahibaw-an sa inyong gibarugan!
    Unsa may inyong ikapasalig kanamo nga angayan tinuod ang inyong conversion movement KUNG KAMO MISMO DILI MAKATUBAG deretso sa punto por punto denhi kay maghuwat pa man kaha sa imbitaron ni JDR?! Wa ka diha kuyapi?

    Kung mao lang gihapon ang imo mosunod nga estilo sa comments denhi, YOU ARE NOT WORTHY OF MY WISE CONVERSATION… I better respond to sensible ones hehehe bye Pilyo rest na lang ka dha ha!

  51. to pilyo

    ikaw sab pilyo ayaw mig pasalig-saligi anang inyong mga expose kay dili na mao ang atong tumong og tuyo. ingna kanang imong amo nga magtinuhay og sebya sa iyang programa kanang dunay unod kay samot tang maglibong og mangimbita siya og mga pulitiko. morag motoo nalang noon ko kang taga bukid nga pagpanglawgaw lang ning tuyo ni jdr. you produce cda people not politicians coz they are only after on grandstanding.

  52. to kelly

    may punto ka kelly, kung padayon ni si jdr panginterview og mga pulitiko walay adto-an kining iyang advocacy. mosanong ko sa mga opinion ni tagabukid nga kining tanan pamulitika lang ni jdr.

    on my analysis wala nay oras, comes october filing na sa certificate of candidacy so mawala na ang proseso sa conversion kay election ban man. ila nang gamiton sa kampanya.

    I think mao ni tuyo ni jdr and that is my analysis

  53. to pcos

    bileco contracted mi to design the software to be used during the referendum. its interface is a touch screen and all you have to do is click your vote. medyo mahal ang akong sukot kay ang system online man. ipa host lang nako sa biliranisland.com aron credible ang result kung dili mo mosalig sa pcos.

  54. merli paca

    ur bileco friends misguided u. ang referendum as per cda irr is manual and secret balloting. walay murag PCOS PCOS. deli pod musugot ang tawo anang imo proposal. may sure ang manua. hahahaha. sakpan ka na laban ka bileco coz may personal business interest diay ka. contract diay imo habol. otot nimo.

    kelly

    never underestimate the people even the poor. wait sa 10k signature or more. makuyapan bitaw ka.

    genrose

    filing, election period wont stop this referendum. no law prohibits in doing this activity even sa election period. this can go ahead. walay labot election ani.

    carol

    hala pagtukod pod og imo nga registered simbahan. kitaon nato may mo donate salig ba sa imo. awa ka lang cguro kang jdr.

  55. tagabukid sammy t

    hala pagwork og tarong diha sa bileco office ayaw cge blog. wala ka swelduhi mga tawo para cge internet panira og tawo kang jdr. sakto ka, paghilom. pag radio pod og imo coz murag overtakan kana man sa imo bossing GM. e one hour inyo radio nakaw oras naman kamo, 15 mins ra inyo gibayran. hahaha. 1.9m bitaw inyo pr budget sa 2009. pila na karon sa 2012? chicken ra kanang radyo sa inyo multi million public relation funds. maypa inyo na gamiton mga linya kaysa saba saba og paghimo mga papel pasikat lang. hahaha

  56. hala supal-pala na ninyo,kay sobra na kaayo nagpa bango na arun lang gyud maka kuha ug sempatiya sa tawo,tungod tali-abut na pinili-ay haha,basin wla jud sya ma dawdaw noa ni iya ka OA kaayo…gusto man mag hupot dayun ug gahum.,

  57. the truth is, jun del rosario is going nuts because of his very high ambition. and he is very succesful in his drive to catch people’s attention. kay tan awa, sige tag comment comment dri. lipay siya kaayo. bad publicity is still publicity. mao na iya gipangita. nakuha gyud niya. congrats jdr, you made it! even at the expense of your credibility! bisag ang uban niyang miyembro sa pamilya maulaw na gyud aning iyang gipangbuhat. tan awa ninyo iyang facebook account, nag threaten siya nga dili gani siya lung an ug saway, modgan kuno siya ug higher office. wahaha. for senator? good luck.

  58. yes mala at least ang ambition ni jdr to serve and protect the people of biliran. to liberate the biliranons from corrupt oppressors for the biliranons to have a better future. mao na real leader.

  59. what makes a thing real?

    to define the word real = Being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verifiable existence.

    Now the issue?

    is Biliran Electric Cooperative a REAL Cooperative?

    Answer:

    PD 269 define “Cooperative” shall mean a corporation organized under Republic Act No. 6038 or this Decree or cooperative supplying or empowered to supply service which has heretofore been organized under the Philippine Non-Agricultural Cooperative Act, whether covered under this Decree or not.

    In RA 6038 “Cooperative” shall mean a corporation organized under this Act or a cooperative supplying or empowered to supply service which has heretofore been organized under the Philippine Non-Agricultural Co-operative Act, whether converted under this Act or not

    Art. 130 of the Cooperative code recognize and respects the existence of electric cooperatives even if under the administration NEA it even allows the usageof the word cooperative word.

    Now, with governing laws backing up the existence and legal standing of electric cooperatives makes such a REAL cooperative.

    what is there to convert into a REAL cooperative when from the beginning it is REAL one.

  60. i’ve trace the ip address used by serum, pilyo and parcel to be the same. unsa kahi ni sila manag silingan nga nag share og internet connection o one and the same person ra ni sila he he!

  61. By DEXTER A. SEE

    BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – The conversion of electric cooperatives (ECs) from their current non-stock and non-profit status to stock cooperatives may or may not result in cheaper power rates.

    Ronaldo del Mundo, an electrical engineering professor of the University of the Philippines-National Engineering Center (UP-NEC), said here over the weekend that even if electric cooperatives are converted, cheaper power rates is not guaranteed.

    Del Mundo said the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) has not even come up with permanent mechanisms or guidelines on how to handle ECs that register with the agency, thus, converting electric cooperatives and registering as stock cooperatives will likely open a possible monopoly of the power distribution in a certain place.

    This is so, he said, because private distribution utilities will likely takeover a mismanaged electric cooperative with high power rates and unstable systems loss.

    Del Mundo said that in the computation of rates, the provision of profit will be included in the determination of the rates to be charged to their consumers, thus, CDA-registered electric cooperatives will surely have much higher power rates considering the patronage refund to be given out to its members.

    On the matter of the taxes now being forcibly charged to electric cooperatives that do not register with CDA and opt to stay with the National Electrification Administration (NEA), Del Mundo advised general managers and members of the board of non-stock and non-profit cooperatives to immediately file a petition for rate increase with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to include the computations for taxes in the rates of consumers that would mean higher power rates in a certain place which will be to the disadvantage of consumers.

  62. THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE MEMBERS IS 67,000; MANY, 0VER 100,000. IN THE PRESENT PHILIPPINE SITUATION (EX: CULTURE OF DISHONESTY), DO WE HAVE THE “BUILT-IN REALISTIC MECHANISMS” IN PLACE TO ABSOLUTELY EMPOWER THEM? NONE! ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY.

  63. CDA’s OWN DATA SHOW THAT THERE USED TO BE 74,000 COOPS REGISTERED WITH IT; NOW ONLY 20,000 ARE REPORTED TO BE EXISTING. HOW EXPLAIN THE MAGNITUDE OF SUCH “FATALITIES”? ISN’T IT FATAL FOR ANY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE TO REGISTER WITH CDA?

  64. IF THE CDA HAS MISERABLY FAILED TO EFFECTIVELY SUPERVISE THE SMALL COOPS, HOW CAN IT EFFECTIVELY SUPERVISE THE 119 VERY, VERY BIG ECs, PLUS THEIR PRESENT 20,000 EXISTING COOPS? UNTHINKABLE, IMPOSSIBLE!

  65. THE CDA COMMISSIONERS, OFFICERS AND ASSOCIATES MAY BE VERY QUALIFIED PEOPLE, COMPETENT AND COMMITTED, BUT THE CDA ITSELF AS A BUREAU, BY LAW, IS ORGANIZATIONALLY AND OPERATIONALLY, INHERENTLY INCAPABLE OF SUPERVISING ELECTRIC COOPERATIVEs SUCCESSFULLY

  66. WE MUST ACT NOW!
    Posted by naceelco2011 on January 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM comments (0)
    The enactment of the Republic Act No. 9520 in December 16, 2008 otherwise known as the Cooperative Code of 2008 gave hope to more or less nine millions (9,000,000) Electric Power Consume all over the country to opt for the conversion of their stock ownership and for them to enjoy all the benefits accorded to CDA registered cooperative such as, exemptions from local and national Taxes and VAT payments. They will likewise share in the distribution of income from the operations in terms of patronage refund. In as much as the Internal Rules and Regulations have already been duly approved and issued last January 25, 2010 and the procedural guidelines for the conduct of the referendum as a voting procedure properly in place upon the issuance of CDA Circular Memorandum 2010-10 we must, by all means, proceed with the conduct of the referendum and allow the members – consumers to decide whether to maintain a status quo with NEA or opt for the conversion into a stock and profit cooperative. A vote of twenty percent (20%) of all the members on good standing is required for the conversion. The capital build-up will come for the payments made on loan amortization, property taxes, and deposits.

    The essence and substance of this Law was intended for the socio-economic empowerment of the Filipino people which was embodied in Republic Act No. 6938 and yet was never implemented. The same applies with Republic Act No. 9136 otherwise known as the EPIRA Law which was another lip service legislation for conversion that was never implemented. Twenty (20) long years of waiting for R.A. 6938 and ten (10) years for R.A. 9136 Republic Act No. 9520 must be fully implemented by now at all cost for there are no more legal or other impediments that will prevent such move in full compliance with the provisions of the law. It was late former President Corazon C. Aquino who practically supported this legislative act that will create a spark of massive socio-economic empowerment for the electric power consumers. Unfortunately there was non-compliance to some provisions of this law and as fate would have it would be the son our beloved President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino who will implement to the fullest the provisions of Republic Act No. 6938 and republic Act No. 9136 as embodied a new in the provisions of Republic Act No. 9520. The total estimate value of ECs all over the country would amount to Php 200 Billion pesos. You could just imagine all these waiting at the door steps of all member consumers simply ready by choice to assume stock ownership and be truly empowered.

    THE SPARKS FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
    Posted by naceelco2011 on January 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM comments (0)
    Republic Act No.9520 otherwise known as the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008 gave hope to the millions of electric cooperative members by giving them the option for conversation into a real cooperative which will allow them ownership of the share holdings of the cooperative and be registered with the CDA so as to enjoy patronage refund, tax exemptions on all local and national taxes including VAT. Interest payments on share capital and all other benefits being enjoyed by all cooperatives under the CDA, The Implementing Rules and Regulations was approved last January 25, 2010. The procedural guidance for the conduct of the referendum was like was likewise approved by the CDA and a circular Memorandum was issued to this effect. Pursuant to Article 138 in compliance with the referendum as a voting procedure the required no. of votes for registration with the authority shall be twenty (20) percent of all members in good standing. It is extremely important that as a matter of compliance of Republic Act no.9520 the referendum must be conducted so the member consumers can decide to opt for the conversion into a real peoples cooperative or maintain a status quo with NEA without stock ownership. The Past administrations failed to comply and implement stock ownership among electric cooperatives in spite of laws enacted allowing such scheme. This is a big challenge on the part of the new administration under the able leadership of His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino to make this dream a reality and empower the electric power consumers in full compliance of the provisions of all law. We need very badly the imprimatur of our beloved President to realize our desire for consumer ownership on electric cooperatives all throughout the country which if valued on the aggregate would reach more or less 200 Billion pesos. This I believe would be to the highest degree a major accomplishment of the President for socio-economic empowerment under this administration.

    The conversion of the electric cooperative into a stock and profit cooperative under the Cooperative development Authority will undoubtedly create a spark of socio-economic empowerment badly needed for economic growth. This is an opportunity for the member consumers to generate additional income fro m their capital build-up through interest payments on their capital. Furthermore this will seek to empower the consumer by participating in the distribution of the income of the Electric Cooperative through patronage refund.

    MECHANICS FOR REGISTRATION OF ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES WITH THE COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
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    Rule VI Section 9 Provided the procedures in the conduct of the referendum. It may be initiated by the Board of Directors and if and when the Board of Directors refuses to do it for obvious reason then a member consumer initiated referendum may be called through a petition by at least 300 members of each district of the cooperative. The procedural guidance for the conduct of the reference have already been incorporated in a memorandum circular issued by the CDA dated, Last October 26, 2010. A vote equivalent to twenty percent(20%) of all members in good standing will spell out peoples victory in the Socio-Economic Empowerment Program of His Excellency President Benigno (Nonoy) Aquino, A sample questionnaire as prepared by the CDA of the survey form to be used in the referendum is presented here in as follows.

    REFERENDUM QUESTIONAIRE FORM

    Question # 1.
    Do you want that your Electric Cooperative’s accommodated payments on Loan Amortization and Property Taxes be treated and converted as your Capital Build Up and be issued as your Capital contribution?
    __________ YES __________ NO

    Question # 2.
    Do you want that your Electric Cooperative be exempted from payment of VAT as well as the National and Local Taxes and Other Fees as a scheme to reduce your electricity bills?
    __________ YES __________ NO

    Question # 3.
    Do you want to receive an interest payment on your Share Capital and enjoy Patronage Refund from the Operation of your Electric Cooperative?
    __________ YES __________ NO

    Question # 4.
    Do you want to become one of the Co – Owner or Member – Consumer of your Electric Cooperative?

    Question # 5.
    Do you want to attend and participate in your Electric Cooperative’s General Assembly Meetings and ready to elect and be elected as Officer of your Electric Cooperative?
    __________ YES __________ NO

    Final Question, Please check your answer.

    __________ Majority of my answer to the above question are YES therefore, I vote for the conversion and registration of our Electric Cooperative with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) as provided in R. A. No. 9520 and to benefits as Co – Owner or Member – Consumers?

    __________ NO, I do not want to enjoy the above – mentioned benefits therefore, I vote that our Electric Cooperative remains as it is.

    MAJOR BENEFITS THAT WILL ACCRUE TO THE MEMBERS UPON CONVERSATION AND REGISTRATION WITH THE COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
    Posted by naceelco2011 on January 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM comments (0)
    1) The electric cooperatives being an going viable business enterprise does not need any longer huge start up capital. The members will merely inherit a business conglomerate already assured of a continuing operation while allowing them stock ownership. However, the management will remain under the present set-up especially if the present management group already proven their managerial competence.

    2) The electric power consumer will have a rare opportunity of having an initial capital build up by simply computing their loan amortization payments which have been incorporated in their electric bills, to include payments on property taxes together with their corresponding deposits made by treating them as the initial capital build up of individual member consumers. The amount being part of the capital build up and this being the share capital of the members it will have to earn an interest at a rate that will be determined by the Board of Directors. This is so provided in Article 113 and Rule VI Section 12.

    3) An amount equivalent to Php18 billion pesos for loans granted by NEA to electric cooperatives have been condoned as one of the major provision of the EPI RA Law and this have greatly enhanced the financial viability of the electric cooperative. This amount will now be treated as donated capital and will solely be treated and computed to determine the equity participation of the members. This will not be however be divided and sold.

    4) An Electric Power Cooperatives under Rule VI section 2 can now undertake power generation utilizing new and renewable energy sources, including hybrid systems acquisition and operation of sub-transmission and a distribution and supply of electricity as its primary purpose and shall continue to undertake the implementation of Rural Electrification Program in their respective areas and the power of eminent domains shall be in full force and effect. The power to venture into power generation is not allowed under the present set-up it is only possible under Republic. Act no.9520. that gives the electric cooperative the opportunity to produce its own power requirements and the profit margin that goes with it will undoubtedly accrue to the benefits of the member consumers.

    5) Rule VI Section 4 provides that electric cooperatives will have two types of members first are the regular members who have electrical service connections and who have the right to vote while associate members are those institutions or entities availing of the services of the electric cooperative such as Corporation. Industrial, Commercial Establishment Companies, LGU buildings and facilities. These types of members have no voting rights, but are likewise issued shares of stocks. The benefit of ownership will accrue to voting and non-voting members.

    6) Section 7 A the Joint Rules and Regulation implementing Article 60, 61 and 144 of Republic Act no. 9520 in relation to R.A. No. 8424, tax exemptions of duly registered cooperatives which transacts business with its own members.
    a) Income Tax imposed by the Title II of NTRS as amended.
    b) Value added tax (TAX) imposed under Title IV of NIRC as amended.
    c) Percentage Tax imposed under Title VVol. The NIRC as amended.
    d) Donors Tax under the title III of NIRC as amended a donations duly accredited charitable research and educational institutions and reinvestments to socio-economic projects within the area of operation of the cooperative.
    e) Excise Tax under title VI of the NIRC as amended for which it is directly liable.
    f) Documentary stamp tax imposed under title VII of the NIRC as amended, provided however that the other party to the taxable documents/ transaction who is not exempt shall be the one directly liable for the tax.
    g) Annual registration fee of Php500.00 under section 236B of the NIRC as amended.
    h) All taxes on transactions with insurance companies and banks including but not limited to 20% final tax on interest deposits and7.5% final income or interest income derived from a depository bank under the expanded foreign currency deposit system.
    i) Electric Cooperatives duly registered with the authority shall be exempt from VAT on revenues on distribution; supply, metering, and lifeline subside of electricity to their members.

    7) Section 8. Taxability of Duly Registered cooperative which transact business with members and non-members.
    a) Cooperatives with accumulated reserve and undivided net savings of not more than Php10,000,000.00. Exemption from all National Revenue Taxes for which these cooperatives are liable as enumerated under section 7 of this point rules and regulations.
    b) Section 11. All members Holders of Cooperatives are exempted from any tax and fee a members deposits otherwise known as share capital with the cooperatives and documentary tax on transaction of members with the cooperative including patronage refund.

    Are the Electric Consumers Ready?
    Posted by naceelco2011 on January 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM comments (0)
    The National Electrification Administration was created in 1973 with the Issuance of P.D. 269, and more particularly it dealt with the provisions governing the organization & development of Rural Electric Cooperative as a non-stock non-profit entity to engage in the distribution of electricity from the power source to the end users. In as much as the start up capital requirement was so huge the government had to practically provide for a 100% funding component to implement it as the power consumers were not in a position to undertake such huge project undertaking. Having been funded by the National Government itself, the National Electrification Administrative (NEA) was mandated to have all electric cooperatives under its administrative and supervisory control and all Board Resolutions have to be approved by NEA. So to speak all transactions entered into by the electric cooperative must have the prior approval of NEA. Purely from the management point of view this was then the most ideal approach in the beginning as a matter of fact NEA has to be commended for the success of the Rural Electrification program of the government. By now we are practically more than 98% done in energizing the rural areas.

    The Government under her Excellency President Corazon C. Aquino felt that the NEA have already done its job and mandate in the Rural Electrification program of the government and realized that the electric cooperatives have now involved into viable business enterprises and is now riped for proper turn over to the electric power consumers. It was on this premise that the Republic Act no.6938 otherwise known as the cooperative code of the Philippines was enacted on March 30, 1990. Republic Act No.6939 created the Cooperative Development Authority to oversee major policy decisions and regulations for all types of cooperatives. The most salient feature of this legislation was to give the electric power consumers the right towards stock ownership by opting for the of EC’s conversion into a real peoples cooperative. It was a declared policy of the state to foster the creation and growth for promoting self reliance and harnessing peoples power towards the attainment of economic development and social justice in an atmosphere that is conducive to the growth and development of cooperativism. Towards this end all the government branches, subdivisions, instrumentalities and agencies shall ensure technical guidance, financial assistance and other services to enable the cooperative organization to be developed into viable responsive economic enterprises and thereby bring about a strong cooperative movement that is free from any conditions that might infringe upon the autonomy and integrity of cooperatives.

    Can a business of this nature fail? All we need now is an efficient management set-up composed of well meaning professionals whose competence and integrity are beyond question and a bunch of Board Directors who are truly qualified and are duly elected by the member consumers and not by political maneuvering and influence. The by Laws of the cooperative must be amended to put minimum qualifications to every critical position that is made available. In short we merely have to set-up a good management system and install an effective check and balance mechanism for monitoring and control. The President of the Republic can always order NEA to continue its technical and financial support to the electric cooperatives though they may no longer exercise Administrative and Supervisory control over the Electric Cooperatives. NEA was mandated to prepare and issue the Internal Rules and Regulations and as it turned out the IRR was pattered to ensure that the legislative act will not be implemented. Again NEA does not want to let go its well entrenched management hold over all the Electric Cooperative as if though it was their very own. The conversions mechanisms into a real people’s cooperative were deliberately put on the sideline and right of consumers towards ownership was once again put on hold. Like Republic Act no.6938, Republic Act no.9136 was another lip service legislation for socio-economic empowerment.

    Towards consumer ownership, can NEA this time after a total of 27 years still can lay claim that the member consumers are still not ready for consumer ownership? Are they still claiming that they are the only institution and government instrumentality who have the monopoly on management efficiency and authority? And anybody but them can run the electric Cooperatives Effectively? I beg to disagree as a matter of fact the statistical data on Electric Cooperative registered with CDA will prove otherwise. For how long can the member consumers be held hostage by NEA towards achieving their rights to stock ownership? The EPIRA Law miserably failed to address this issues and I will put the blame solely to NEA for non-compliance.

    “THE STATUS OF ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES AND THE GOAL OF CONSUMER OWNERSHIP” Privilege Speech of Hon. Ponciano Payuyo Representative APEC Partylist
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    THE STATUS OF ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES ANDTHE GOAL OF CONSUMER OWNERSHIP

    “MR. SPEAKER, DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUES,

    Tonight, I rise on the subject of the status of electric cooperatives and the goal of bringing about full, complete and genuine consumer ownership of these electric cooperatives.

    There are currently 119 electric cooperatives nationwide which have energized roughly 9 million households. These cooperatives have brought about massive changes in the countryside, increasing the choices available to people as well as bringing new hope. They have catalyzed countryside development and have assisted in improving the quality of life.

    But the great unfinished task of the electric cooperative movement remains: that of achieving the transfer of full and complete ownership of these theoretically private electric cooperative to their member-consumer households. These are the households which have been amortizing the loans of the electric cooperatives forthe last 30 years and whose patronage of these cooperatives has been the true source of their growth.

    PD 269 and PD 1645: The MartialLaw Paradigm

    The role of the National Electrification Administration (NEA), both for good andbad, has been central and key to how electric cooperatives have fared and howthe matter of consumer ownership has progressed. The vision of electric cooperatives was originally borrowed form the experience of the United States depression-era Rural Electric Cooperatives. Franklin Delano Roosevelt gambled on the theory that the American farm family would be able to read their own electric meters and on a monthly basis, pay their power bills at payment stations that were few and far between.

    It was a vision that built on the pioneer spirit of self-reliance and the long tradition of collective protection. But the vision was distorted in the Philippines through the peculiar administrative lenses of the Martial Law regime of then President Marcos. From the grassroots, bottom-up tradition of the American rural electric cooperatives, the Philippines variant extolled the virtues of top-down, government-directed, centrally- planned electric cooperatives. From the principle of subsidiarity of the American cooperative movement which favored self-reliance in the private sector, where government came in only upon request, the Philippine model was unabashedly government-centric where the co-op was an extension of government itself.

    The policy-makers were not shy about this departure from international cooperativepractice and made no bones about it. The toughest decree enforcing government control over the electric cooperatives was, not-by-accident, numbered Presidential Decree 1645, to emphasize both the M-16 and caliber 45 pistol. Its enumeration of the prerogatives of the NEA Administrator were deliberately numbered sections 3, 5, and 7, to remind one and all of the Magnum 357. Perhaps the NEA Administrators of that time saw nothing amiss or cavalier in any of this as they all of them, after all, were military men. Indeed these decrees emphasize the concept of cooperatives being a proxy of government and electric cooperatives were viewed by policy makers then as part and parcel of the anti-subversion program.

    It is those sections of Presidential Decree1645 which are at the heart of the issue on whether there is democratic control and full and genuine consumer ownership of the electric cooperatives, to wit:

    The NEA Administrator has the power to hireand fire the general manager of an electric cooperative. To this day vacanciesto the position of general manager are advertised by the NEA, and it is to theNEA that applications are submitted. NEA ranks these applicants for theposition of manager and to no one’s surprise it is this ranking which isvalidated by the board of directors of the electric cooperative when the finalselection is made.

    The NEA Administrator has the prerogativeof subjecting all resolutions of the Board of Directors AND General Assembly ofan electric cooperative to his oversight and prior consent as a necessarycondition precedent for the effectivity of the said resolutions.

    The NEA Administrator’s consent must besolicited before an electric cooperative can source funds from a privatecommercial bank.

    Thisover concentration of powers have always made the figure of NEA Administrator adominating source of fear and intimidation in what should have been abroad-based cooperative movement.. Indeed, while it can be argued that it may have helped create short-cuts in development, and accelerated in putting uplines that bridged rivers and valleys, it also engendered the far more deleterious tradition of corruption and the culture of fear in the electric cooperative.

    These powers continue to ensure that the NEA can aggrandize the board of directorsand general managers of the electric cooperatives. NEA ultimately approves therating of managers and the cooperatives, extending to the approval of salaries and per diems of the managers and the board.

    The World Bank/ USAID Role:Anti-Insurgency and Anti-Poverty Agenda

    Thedevelopment disconnect in the electric cooperatives sector can be traced to the paradigm where by infrastructure outpaced institutional development. With the World Bank and the USAID pouring in massive amounts both of grants and loans inthe form of wires, transformers, and substations, the lines were put up quickly enough. This was driven both by ideals and as a response to the in-roads of the growing communist insurgency.

    The pace at which material was forwarded to various staging points (MisamisOriental, Misamis Occidental, La Union, and Pampanga) placed a premium onorganizing the semblance of a cooperative quickly. And it was the semblance that one got, not genuine cooperatives . The local priest, the local Philippine Constabulary officer, the local businessman were recruited by the NEA and verysoon formed the core board of incorporators of the electric cooperative. The focus of the NEA was on organizing the local elites in each province so that there would be a group prepared to sign the loan agreement. After all, the World Bankthought that they were dealing with people’s cooperatives not proxies of the martial law regime. Membership training of the more basic blocks of household members were set aside in favor of setting up barangay power associations or BAPAS. These BAPAS acted more asanti-power theft and anti-pilferage associations, with little emphasis being given to training membership on their rights and obligations or on informingthe member consumers as to the accountability of the management. Ownership of cooperatives by consumers was paid lip service to. But the cooperative continued to be an extension of the NEA with almost full supervision and control reserved to the NEA.

    Creating a Culture of Corruption

    The World Bank eventually came to the conclusion that the National Electrification Administration was a classic case in point of conflict of interest. The NEA was a registering agency similar to SEC. The NEA had franchising powers that should have been reserved to Congress. It was acting like the Development Bank of the Philippines or the Land Bank. To top it all, it had development powers and technical assistance roles similar to those of the DPWH. The World Bank, not coincidentally, also listed the NEA as one of the most corrupt agencies of government. The World Bank has long recommended that the NEA either become a bank for electric cooperatives or concentrate on becoming a technical assistance agency.

    But the NEA remained a fiefdom and a culture unto itself for many years. The power to hire and fire general managers was key to the culture of silence in the Mafia that was the interrelationship between the NEA and the electric co-op management. Preferred suppliers of the NEA Administrator were the winners ofthe bids run by the cooperatives. The premium payments to the preferred insurer of the NEA Administrator were charged against the subsidy that the NEA annually provided the electric cooperatives. The cooperatives were the milking cows of the NEA.

    Meanwhile, the electric cooperative operated along the fiction that it was a private entity and that its board acted independently and above board. Should NEAhowever encounter a less than compliant general manager or a recalcitrant board, it could always order NEA auditors to review the books of the cooperative. There was once the spectacle of the NEA auditing what is legally aprivate entity as to its procurement of a fax machine. This is patently illegalas electric cooperatives are private. But is it the NEA, according to its convenience, that determines when a cooperative can be treated as a private entity and when the cooperative is not.

    Through its various directives and decrees the NEA could also determine salary rates, allowancesand per deems for its favored client general managers and co-op board members.Indeed, even the retirement package of a general manager was subject to the favorable or unfavorable endorsement or intervention of the NEA Administrator.

    What the EPIRA Wrought: Condonation,Consumer Ownership, Deregulation and Liberalization

    The EPIRA sought to introduce the forces of privatization, deregulation and liberalization to the power industry. Competition was supposed to help bring power rates down. Private sector initiative was intended to free consumers from the inefficiency of the public sector. The irony is that the NEA and the cooperatives stick out like a sore thumb in remaining a fiefdom subject to martial law-type heavy-handed regulations.Indeed both the NEA and the cooperatives under their jurisdiction continued to operate as if government will perpetually condone all their debts and embody the anti-thesis of deregulation and liberalization.

    For electric cooperatives, Congress sought to bring about a novel change. Under Article60, of the EPIRA, Php 18 billion of rural missionary loans mostly from the NEA were condoned by Congress. What Congress intended was to give electric cooperatives a fresh start and to lower power rates as a result. While the absorption by government of the Php 550 billion in stranded costs of NAPOCOR brought down rates only by 30 centavos per/kwh, the condonation of the Php 18 billion of rural missionary loans brought down power rates of cooperatives by an average of P1.10 per/kwh nationwide.

    The second half of the change Congress sought was to ensure genuine and complete consumer ownership of the country’s 119 electric cooperatives. Under article 57of the EPIRA, the electric cooperatives could now be converted intocorporations registered with the SEC or cooperatives registered with the CDA.The idea of course is to make truly private what had always been private inlaw. It was also believed that by democratizing the electric cooperatives we could ensure that there would be less cartelization in the power sector.

    Congress felt that NEA had essentially achieved its original mission and that it wastime to lift the encumbrances imposed on cooperatives by government. It wasfelt that acknowledging the member consumer general assembly as the supreme authority of the cooperative, without any prior restraint or any reservations of powers or prerogatives in favor of the NEA Administrator would ensure greater transparency in the operations of the cooperatives as well as greater management accountability to the member-owners.

    Onthe other hand, freeing management from the central planning of the NEA wouldgive it the flexibility to negotiate for lower rates and introduce managementinnovations to increase member loyalty in a regime of open access (Theso-called freedom of choice to connect directly with an IPP). Congress feltthat the NEA had already achieved what it had set out to do in the 1960’s and70’s and that it was now time to move to a new paradigm of consumerempowerment.

    The Empire Strikes Back

    Since the effectivity of the EPIRA Law on June 26, 2001, not a single electric cooperative has been able to register with the CDA using Article 57 of theEPIRA. The 12 cooperatives that have were able to do so using the current Cooperative Code of 2008 and the CDA revised guidelines for registration of electric cooperatives.

    The Department of Energy and the NEA came out with the guidelines and implementingrules and regulations for Article 57. Said guidelines provided that the quorumrequirements for an electric cooperative to convert to CDA or SEC registration, should be 50 percent plus one of ALL the members of the electric cooperative. In as much as some electric cooperatives have memberships in the hundreds of thousands spread over entire provinces, it was clear to many consumer leadersthat the requirement was intended to ensure that cooperatives will be unable toconvert. The NEA argued that meetings can be held sequentially in the different districts, but the costs for such may be prohibitive and the time and distance as well as travel expenses serve as a real hurdle.

    On the other hand, NEA may, in the name of its visitorial powers, come in to any cooperative and put in place, a management team that will supposedly clean up the cooperative and rid it of its corruption and dead wood. Clean out the cooperative more likely as some of the management contracts it helped sponsor were in the tune of Php 150,000 to Php350,000/ per month fees charged by these outside management teams to the cooperative. In its defense, NEA will probably insist that the cooperative entered into this management contract freely and voluntarily, conveniently ignoring the fact that the bona fides and introduction of the management team was made by the NEA, sometimes by designating the person heading the team as a NEA project supervisor (How canone be both a government project supervisor and a private contractor?). Indeed in 4 co-operatives, the head of the management team was at one time, one and the same person.

    Those12 cooperatives which registered with the CDA were under extreme pressure from the electric cooperative’s members to avoid taxes imposed by the LGUs. Under the Local Government Code of the Philippines, only cooperatives registered withthe CDA were exempt from LGU taxes. Indeed, under the Cooperative Code of 2008, the electric cooperativeswill have lower rates as they are also exempt from all national taxes and the expanded Value-Added Tax. NEA has insisted that since these cooperatives registered not in compliance withArticle 57 of the EPIRA, that NEA no longer has any obligation to extend loansor assistance to them . NEA forgets that Congress is the source of its funds and that Congress did not discriminate in favor of NEA-registered cooperatives as against CDA-registered ones when it set aside funds for electric cooperatives. Also, under the Cooperative Code of 2008, it is specifically provided that electric cooperatives registered with the CDA shall continue receiving subsidy and assistance from the DOE and the NEA, but it shall be on terms that respect the independence and autonomy of the cooperative.

    NEA also insists that CDA registration turns electric cooperatives into for-profit entities (!) and changes its nature, such that had the prescriptive period of Article 60 of the EPIRA, not yet expired, the cooperative would have had to repay the total amount of its condoned debt back to the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Corporation. (PSALM).

    Consumers had long seen that one of the best ways to lower power rates, would be allowing these cooperatives to register with the CDA. The act of registering with the CDA would restore tax exemptions from all local and national taxes for electric cooperatives. But this option is being effectively foreclosed due to the continuing intransigence, administrative obstruction, and moral blindness of an NEA defending its turf.

    NEA further aggravated the situation of the electric cooperatives and their member-consumers by collecting interest on debts already condoned under Article 60 of the EPIRA. The law is clear: “Upon the effectivity of this Act, all outstanding financial obligations of electric cooperatives to NEA and othergovernment agencies incurred for the purpose of financing the rural electrification program shall be assumed by the PSALM Corporation.” The Law became effective June 26, 2001, and yet the NEA chose to interpret that thecondonation becomes final only upon the issuance of the ERC of a final order to implement the rate reduction by removing the amortization of loan component. In many cases, the ERC issued said order 2 or 3 years after June 26, 2001, and this delay was used by NEA to still collect interest.

    An estimated Php 2.1 billion in overcollections was made by the NEA. To add insultto injury, these amounts were being relent once more to their client electric cooperatives. In the meantime, not one single mortgage document covering asingle centavo of the Php 18 billion condoned under the Epira law has been returned to the electric cooperatives concerned. This prevents the electric cooperatives from entering the primary or secondary mortgage market and effectively is intended to tie up cooperatives to continuing its borrower-lender relationship vis a vis the NEA.

    Prospects For Reform

    Registration of the electric cooperatives with the CDA will not just ensure that the true owners will be the consumers, it will also ensure the added bonus that lower power rates result immediately with the exemption, through CDA registration, of these electric cooperatives from national and local taxes.

    Also, the amendment will ensure that through genuine consumer ownership, we can stave off attempts by oligarchs, local politicians or multinationals to benefit from the debt condonation of the Epira through the simple expedient of buying out or taking over these by buying out these undervalued cooperatives for the proverbial song. If the NEA can impose expensive management contracts on these cooperatives, they can also allow favored bidders to attend co-op general assemblies (ironically using the existing quorum requirements which are lessdifficult to observe) to buy-out the cooperatives and convert them into for-profitentities. A worse case scenario can happen if these same folks also buy in to local IPPs and generators, and VIOLA, through cross-ownership, we will see the emergence of mini-First Gas, and mini-Meralcos (composed of the now corporatized or single proprietor-owned former cooperatives) all throughout the land, all linked by sweetheart deals.

    Finally, if we miss this historic opportunity, if we miss this chance to have our cooperatives register with the CDA registration , we know that the manager-dominated co-op, the President-dominated co-op, and the board-dominated co-op —- all of whom are NEA aggrandized operatives —- will ensure that nota single electric cooperative will be able to register under the newCooperative Code.

    This is understandable given the low level of consumer awareness, specially in the provinces, and the lack of a consumer movement in the Philippines.

    Mr.Speaker, distinguished colleagues, this is not the reason Congress condoned Php18 billion in co-op loans when it passed the Epira in 2001. The legislative intent is clear: to lower power rates and to free the co-ops from their shackles through genuine consumer ownership. We firmly believe that democratizing consumer ownership of the cooperatives is key to lowering power rates for nine million rural households. It will also be crucial to countering the continuing cartelization of the power industry in the Philippines and tobring down the ever increasing power rates of the electric industry.

    WE APPEAL TO OUR COLLEAGUES TO HELP ASSIST THEIR CONSTITUENTS AND THE CONSUMERS AS THEY STRUGGLE TO BRING ABOUT A REFERENDUM IN THEIR COOPERATIVES ON THE QUESTION OF REGISTRATION WITH THE CDA.

    WE WARN THE NEA THAT THEY SHOULD NOT WORK AGAINST THE EFFORTS TO EDUCATE THE CONSUMERS AS TO THE TRUE ADVANTAGES OF REGISTERING WITH THE CDA. IT IS NOT OUR INTENTION TO ABOLISH THE NEA, AS IT CAN STILL CONTINUE AS A BANK AND CONTINUE WITH ITS SUBSIDIES TO THE COOPERATIVES. WE IN CONGRESS CAN EVEN WORK FOR A HIGHER BUDGET ALLOCATION FOR THE NEA AS LONG AS NEA DOES NOT OBSTRUCT THE PATH TO CDA REGISTRATION.

    WE CALL ON THE DOE TO EXERCISE DECISIVE LEADERSHIP TO SEE TO IT THAT THE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES ARE NOT EATEN UP BYTHE FIVE OLIGARCH FAMILIES THAT NOW DOMINATE THE ELECTRIC INDUSTRY. PRIVATIZATION SHOULD NOT JUST BE FOR THESE FIVE OLIGARCHS, PRIVATIZATION SHOULD ALSO BE FOR THE NINE MILLION ORDINARY, HARD-WORKING FAMILIES WHO ARE THE TRUE OWNERS OF THE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES.

    MABUHAY ANG KILUSANG KOOPERATIBA.

    MABUHAY ANG MGA CONSUMERS, ANG TUNAY NA MAY-ARI NG ATING ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES.

    THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU DEAR COLLEAGUES.”

  67. My ONE LAST VIRTUAL SLAP to the UGLY BUTT of Pilyo:

    Don’t drag my identity to somebody else’s “sammy t” which SURELY am not whoever he is! That just indicates you’re such a pity poor non-sense person…

    About this radio commentaries that you would like me to respond? No way, I don’t have that station’s signal here in my place, and the more I don’t like to listen those garbage blah blah paid airtime of DIRTY politicians. Hangtud karon ikaw na lang man tingali motuo sa bubble mouth sa sama nila? Sorry for those true honest and sincere politicians – hehehe naa pa ba?

    About those 10K signatures be sure they are valid to consider, read the provisions of the law if you are brainy enough as whether they are member-consumers or not! This is not political practice you idiot!

    Never will I respond to you NONE SENSE Pilyo again if the comments you will make here is still hollow as your airhead. Better rest Pilyo-Palpak, is it fair enough now?!

  68. kaninyong tanan
    sa kadaghan sa inyong mga gehisgutan, ug mga gelantugian mahitungod sa mga article o mga isyo sa planu nga conversion sa bilico? pero usa ra gayod ang ako naintindihan.
    na ang inyong gelalisan dili ang mahitungud sa isyo sa bilico o sa planu nga conversion ni jdr.,
    kay ang sa tinuod lang kung ato sumahon total ang inyong mga gepamuhiang comento o suhistyon sa maong isyo? usa ra ang inyong tumong sa gelalisan ang PULITIKA.
    ambot kaha kung ang nagpasiugda ani nga companya sa conversion sa bilico, usa lang ka ordinaryo nga tawo ug dili pulitiko, unsa na pud kaha ang inyong mga comento?
    mga igkasi ko biliranon why di man nato tagaan si jdr ug higayon na maipakita niya kanato ug unsa sya kamatinud-anon sa iyang sa mga planu para sa katawhan sa biliran? tinuod tiabot ang election, pero nganu man diay ug pagabot sa election dili nato sya iboto kung pananglitan man ug sya mudagan gayod sa bisan unsa na posisyon.? ug sa pagkakaron ato usa ipadaplin ang subra nga pamulitika ug garbo, kay sa tinuod lang subra na kaayo ang gehimo na panamas-tamas sa bilico sa atuang mga katungod bilang mga myembro kunsumidor o sa mga katawhan sa biliran, pinaagi sa pagsige nila ug patong sa atuang mga bill na di gani magpahibalo kanato nga mga kaeawhan.
    so mga kaigsoonan seguro panahon na para kita magmata na ug magtinabangay ug maghiusa sa paghatag ug tagsa tagsa nato ka mga suhistyon o ikatabang pabor ani nga progama, instead na mgasegi kita ug away sa way hinungdan nga isyo, ug unya ang mahimung makaluluoy ang atuang mga kabos nga mga kaigsuonan. ako sayod na lisud ninyo toohan ang sama nako na gamay lang ug kahibalo ug kabaangkaagan kay sa ikumpara kaninyo, pero ako sayod na unsa man ang ako gebuhiang mga sulti ug suhistiyon karun, mao usab ang gehingyap sa majority sa mga katawhan nga diin nangandoy usab ug kausaban diha sa pagdumala sa bilico.. daghang salamat

  69. Itong si Tagabukid parang nagalit yata…itong si Pilyo kung sino man ito as per issue maganda naman yong pinag-uusapan nya para naman ito sa karamihan gumagamit ng kuryente. Ikaw Tagabukid dinedepensa mo kasi ang BILECO…BAKIT? Siguro taga – BILECO ka o may interes ka sa BILECO. Sino ba ang taong ayaw sa pagbabago kung itoy makapagbibigay sa kanya ng kaginhawaan.

    Kung magawa ni Pilyo o ni JDR na maging kooperatibang totoo ang BILECO DI PERFORMANCE niya yan sa buhay. Pero kung ginagamit lang nya ito para sa kanyang pagtakbo bilang public official ay ibang usapan na iyan. Di rin natin masisi yong mga opsisyon ni JDR dito sa Blog o sa kanyang ideya dahil maraming mga personalidad na ang nagtangka na gawing totoong kooperatiba ang BILECO noon pero walang nangyari. Na elected official na ang mga taong iyon pero ang BILECO ganun pa rin. Kaya magmatyag tayo….kahit sinuman tayo kung para sa kabutihan doon tayo. Tingnan natin ang motibo…bakit nya ginagawa…o magawa ba nya? Kailangan performance-wise tayo sa pagpili ng mga taong dapat nating kampihan at suportahan.

  70. deli issue if dagan si jdr or not. this is his advocacy. if he runs then he can make this as his political advocacy. unsay daotan ana? at least may advocacy cya o platform. di sama sa uban wala bisan usa.

  71. talking of advocacy maayo pa sab ni si jdr kay dunay nahimo na para sa Biliran. Dili pareho kang vice gov montejo nga sige lag pagarpar piro walay nahimo para sa atong probinsiya. Unya karon gusto pang mosakay sa issue on conversion nga gisugdan ni jdr mangilog pa og airtime sa radyo natin.

  72. Agosto 4:
    “Read my lips”
    I am not lawyering bileco but on the set-up of an elec coop of which REALLY is more advantage for the consumers or not.
    Wala akoy interes sa bileco pero sulagma lang nga aduna akoy nahibaw-an bahin sa elec distribution utility, ma elec coop man sa NEA, sa CDA o kaha isip private distribution company. Nabasa na nako ang mga hitabo sa nag-una pag convert nagdto sa CDA, dili ba sab diay angayn ipangandahay ko kini sa akong lugar?

    Kay naghatag man sila denhi ug suhestyon nga maayo daw sa kunsumedor ang elec coop kung naa sa CDA, sayop ba diay kung ipadayag ko usab denhi ang akong nahibaw-an bahin sa electric industry labi na denhi sa Pilipinas? Kay kinsa ba diay ang mohatag ug lamdag kanato alang sa pagpanabot sa kaayohan sa atong elec coop, dili ba angayan man magbayloay kita sa atong mga nahibaloan nga may mga basehanan? Modawat lang ba diay kita ug suhestyon nga dili binase sa mga eksperyensa ug maprobar nga mga ebedensiya?

    Mao bitaw nga sa una pa lang gihagit na nako sila sa paglatad denhi ang PAGKOMPARA SA POWER RATE sa pipila ka elec coop nga naa sa CDA ug sa naa sa NEA kay aron maaninaw nato kung ang ilang sugyot denhi sa conversion makahatag ba kanato ug tinuod nga kaginhawaan niining mahal nga kuryente sa Pilipinas. Bisan ang TANAN elec coops miila man nga tinuod mahal ang atong balayronon. Sanglit aninawon nato kung anaa ba sa elec coop nga CDA ug anaa ba sa NEA ang problema o kasulbaran niining tanan? Dili baya ingon niana kasayon kay sayod na kita nga ang atong balayronon dili lamang tanan para sa bileco kung dili anaay lain pa nga magbahin sa kolekta niini. Kay kung anaa na sa CDA, mawala ba diay ang balayronon sa usa ka CDA elec coop ang generation, transmission ug taxes? Kay kung anaa na sa CDA exempted na ba sa probisyon sa balaod nga EPIRA? Dili! Mao ra gihapon ang tanan… pudyot lamang sa presyo sa kuryente and distribution o elec coop. Ang dako nga nagdominar niini mao man ang generation, transmission ug taxes. Kay kung CDA na wala na ba gyud diay balayronon sa taxes mao nga moubos ang rate sa kuryente? Iprobar kini nila.

    Karon kung tinuoray kita nga mangita sa kamatuoran ug baruganan, nganong hangtod karon wala man lagi nila gibutyag kining maong gipangayo nga impormasyon? Dili ba kung kita mobarog ug usa ka punto dapat andam na sa mga impormasyon nga maoy mosuporta niini sa walay langan?

    Ngano importante kini nila ipadayag ang effective rate sa CDA elec coop kay adto baya kita tanan niini mosangko pagkwenta. Ang kanang anindot nga saad sa dividends, patronage ug uban pa kaakibat baya kana sa ato unyang bayran sa matag kwh sa kuryente. Sanglit importante kini nga ikumpara!

    Karon kay moingon ka man nga dapat bukas kita sa panghunahuna, dili ba angayan ato iatbang sa atong evaluation ang matag punto sa maong issue kung hain ba gyud ang makaayo kanatong kunsumedor? Kay kung dili nato kini aninawon pag-ayo, tingali baya ug CDA elec coop na kita apan WALA GIHAPON MASULBAD ang tam-is nga saad nga UBOS NGA BALAYRANAN SA KURYENTE!

    DILI BA DAPAT MAN KITA IKUMBESE denhi kung tinuod ba gyud nga naay basehan nga moubos ang presyo kung CDA elec coop na? Asa na man kini?

  73. THE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVEs ARE TECHNICALLY VERY SOPHISTICATED COOPS. THE CDA DOES NOT HAVE AN ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT. NOW, HOW CAN IT HELP THE ELECTRIC COOPs COPE WITH THE TREMENDOUS DEMANDS OF THE EPIRA? WHAT TECHNICAL EXPERTISE HAS IT EXTENDED TO THE FEW CDA ELECTRIC COOPs?

  74. UNQUESTIONABLY, CDA LACKS THE MANPOWER, EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE IN BUILDING AND STRENGTHENING THE ALL-IMPORTANT INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE EC WORKFORCE AND THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP.

  75. FUNCTIONALLY, CDA DOES NOT HAVE AN AUDIT DEPARTMENT. HOW CAN IT MONITOR THE UTILIZATION OF FUNDS? HOW CAN IT PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE MEMBERS? WILL THE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVEs BE LEFT WITHOUT A VIGILANT WATCHDOG OF THE PEOPLE’S MONEY?

  76. CDA DOES NOT HAVE ANY LENDING FACILITIES. WILL THE POOR MEMBERS BE EXPECTED TO INVEST ANY AMOUNT OF STOCK SHARES TO ADDRESS THE TENS OF MILLIONS REQUIRED IN THE PRESENT EPIRA ENVIRONMENT?

  77. NEA AND CDA ARE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CREATED BY LAW. NEA IS A GOVERNMENT CORPORATION WITH ITS OWN CHARTER; CDA IS ONLY A BUREAU. ORGANIZATIONALLY AND OPERATIONALLY, NEA HAS WHAT CDA DOES NOT HAVE. IT’S BEYOND LOGIC AND CORPORATE PRACTICE TO TRANSFER SUPERVISION OF ELECTRIC COOPs FROM NEA TO CDA.

    THE TRACK RECORD OF NEA AND ECs WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP, SHOWS THAT ELECTRIFYING THE PHILIPPINE COUNTRYSIDE HAS BECOME THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT FOR PROGRESS IN THE LAST FOUR DECADES

  78. WHY NOT SUBJECT TO RESEARCH THE CONTENTION THAT THE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVEs, IN THE PRESENT SET-UP, CANNOT USE THE NAME “COOPERATIVE”? THE 119 ECs ARE PATTERNED AFTER THE 1,000 U.S.A. COOPERATIVES WHICH UNTIL NOW USE THE NAME “COOPERATIVES”. AND THEY ARE NOT STOCK COOOPERATIVES.

  79. PD 269 USES THE NAME “COOPERATIVE”, AND THE WHOLE PRESIDENTIAL DECREE IS ANCHORED ON THE BASIC CONCEPT OF COOPERATIVISM. IS PD 269 EFFECTIVELY ABOLISHED? BECAUSE CONSIDERING IT AS MERE AMENDMENT IS PATENTLY ILLOGICAL.

  80. AW! akala ko galit ka na Tagabukid…..kung ayaw ni pilyo o ni JDR ipalabas yong data sa BILECO as in CDA as compared to BILECO in NEA…ikaw na lang dahil alam ko alam mo yon…Sigi tabulate mo yong dalawa para natin macompara yong mga totoong data

    BILECO-CDA BILECO- NEA
    1. 1.
    2. 2.
    3. 3.

    Sigi….. TAGABUKID UG PILYO BANAT……

  81. Kini kang darna. Politika ra ni. Wala pa cya ka move on sa iyang kapildihan sa Ning aging election.

    Tungud sa influence sa GM sa BILECO and che che Roa of DEpEd. Dako nakuha na votes ni mana LUcy.

    Hapit na Ang Election. Apkors kini si JDR nangita ug fundings ug sponsor. Para sa iyang Taas na ambition sa politika.

    JDR ayaw gamita Ang BILECO para matagad kalang.

  82. to all bloggers

    im done with my homework. pilyo and jdr is one and the same person. gotcha!

    i have completed the trace at 1642 hrs today. he’s using a smartbro modem.

  83. Agosto 4:

    Hehehe WHAT? Why me to display it here? Make up your mind baby… do you really know how to deal debated issues like this? Bileco has it all in the monthly power bill for you to peruse as half of your request… that’s if you know how to comprehend it, or you don’t have the bill at all because you are not their member.
    Had it not in your learning that the benefit of the doubt and to prove it is with JDR/Pilyo? So they are the one to convince us here in their proposition, NOT ME! Got it? Or you better have your basic mental calisthenics first before shooting something to somebody else.
    So, what about asking them NOW not me… hehehehe!

  84. Dili gyud kita magpadali-dali niining atik sa mga tawo nga nailhan na nato KINSA siya…. sa FM radyo pa: “kailangan pa bang imemorize yan?!”

    Unya kay gusto man kaha ni JDR mag referendum kay naa daw sila 10K nga signatures (hehehe balido kaha ni sila nga membro-kunsomedor kay mao ra raba ang dawaton), kinsa man ang iya gusto pagastohon, bileco? Nahibawo na ba si JDR pila ang magasto sa referendum nga iyang gusto? karon kung bileco mogasto, DILI BA MAGPATONG NA MAN POD SILA SA ATONG BILL alang niini kay nonprofit man karon buot ipasabot kung unsa ang aprobado gastohon mao ra ang makolekta sa bill – kung naay wala maapil sa pag-aproba sa sugod sa tuig paghimo sa budget, ipatong sa karon nga bills ang cost para sa gustong referendum daw ni JDR? hehehe wala siya kuyapi? Iyang kiat kitay mogasto?

    Well, kung siya ang mogasto sa referendum kay gitugot man sa rules, GO JDR GO, pag referendum nga IMONG GASTO kay wala man siguro problema sa mga tawo maminaw ug motimbang-timbang na lang unya mi hain ang SAKTO NGA PUNTO! iyawat na lang makobensir mo kami sa imong balido ug tinuod nga impormasyon ilatag. ayaw nang binuwa ug binotbot ha!

    PERO AYAW MI PAAPILA GASTO SA REFRENDUM pastor, soloha lang una dodong kay aron makaangkon ka ug dakong posisyon sa belico kung CDA na! tiba tiba man kaha ka unya imo hunahuna kung makalingkod na sa posisyon….

  85. to pilyo,

    promote na sab ka bag-o website ni jdr. kunuhay dili ila piro og sulod sa maong website ila ra gihapon pangombinse para conversion. piro morag dunay improvement kay from board member pagka vice governor naman ang iyang plano. posible si vice gov montejo modagan na karon ka governor kay basig dili na interesado si manong charlie. klaroha na pilyong jdr

  86. anu kaha kung kini si, augusto4, neil161, ug pilyo magka-kit kita unya magistoryahay ug personal with jdr ? unya ipaubos ang garbo ug hikalimtan ang pulitika bisan sa makausa lang nga kahigayon, ug magtinabangay ug mabinayluay ug mga ideas o mga planu unsay maayong buhaton para sa ang imposible mahimung posible? para sa benipisyo sa tanang myembro kunsumidor ug dili para lang sa benipisyo sa pipila lang ka pulitiko,
    sa tinuod lang bisag unsa nga mga explenasyon ang inyong pagahimuon o pagalalisan dinhi? kanang tanan way hinungdan kay kana way makab-ot o way ikahatag nga kaayuhan ngadto sa katawhan.
    kitang tanan nagsakit sa taas nga kabalaydan ug way hunong nga pagpatong ug pagpataas sa BILICO sa atuang mga kabalaydan diha sa kuryenti nga ato magamit, sa mga maayo ug kabutang ok lang wala silay pakialam? pero ang mas apektado ani ang bagang katawhan nga naglisod. maayo man ang mga empleyado ug ang mga board member sa bilico kay mga discounted man ng ilang mga kabalaydan sa kuryenti?
    sige sila ug increase pero ang ilang serbisyo haguka ug dili maayo, kay only in the biliran la kita makakasinapi ug mga sunod sunod nga wholeday blockout, igo na usa ng pag-inawayay ninyo hinunua pagtinabangay kamo ug unsay maayo para sa katawhan sa biliran..

  87. fgmt:
    Sakto ka halos tanan sa imong punto.
    Pro bahin anang discounted diay ang mga empleyado ug board sa bileco, tinuod ba kana?

    Uy dili pod maayo kung mao diay kana, pero aduna ako kaila diha sa belico ako gipangutana sab bahin niana kay lagi mao man sab na ang storya sa uban, pero dili man tinuod kay nakita man gani nako ang iya power bill, WALA man ko nakita diskwento. mihangyo sab ko makakita ug bill sa ilang opisyal dha ug board, naay ako nakita duha, mao man gihapon, WALA man diskwento sumala sa imong gilakbit denhi!

    Uy kung may ebendensiya ka nianang diskwento man kaha niini nilang taga belico, ipostar daw denhi bi kay aron maoy atong tirahon!

    Pro tingali baya ug hearsay ra pod na ug walay kapasikaran ug ebendensiya, aw ayaw lang lagi ta niana kay lagi lisod na modawat ta ug storya nga walay basehanan, tingali baya ug misaway ta sa uban kay walay ikapakita ebedensiya pro kita ra sab ang moestorya nga walay “resibo” kung sa mga bugoy pa!

  88. UNQUESTIONABLY, CDA LACKS THE MANPOWER, EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE IN BUILDING AND STRENGTHENING THE ALL-IMPORTANT INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE WORKFORCE AND THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP. QUIRELCO AND ABRECO’S FAITE CAN ATTEST TO THIS

  89. “WHY CHANGE THE WHEEL?” The SOLECO Experience.
    Click Here: http://www.evmailnews.com/pro-nea-pro-cda-groups-face-off-at-power-forum

    Points to Ponder:
    1. Notwithstanding from the “blah blah” unexperienced pro CDA speakers, it is worthy to note one Rep. Payuyo a former PALECO GM who proudly divulged a P60T dividends and patronage refund to a “SINGLE-BIGGEST CUSTOMER”! Wow, so this means under the CDA, the bigger a person money invested for the coop, the more it returns. So now, which is more pro-poor, under CDA which is capital capacity based or the existing under NEA which is FAIR AND EQUAL FOR ALL? Also, it is very interesting that Rep. Payuyo DID NOT divulged HOW MUCH is the present EFFECTIVE POWER RATE of PALECO under CDA. Ngano kaha?

    2. Take a clear understanding of i-Care Rep. Rivera the former Board President of BATELCO II and ANTI-CDA, are we not going to learn their experience from the DOWNFALL of BATELCO II under the CDA but was eventually recovered back in their effort of RETURN UNDER NEA?

    3. How about the last speaker ANTI-CDA Alan Lanniva? Are we going to rely the ‘self-assumed expertise’ of CDA movers like JDR than this person-Lanniva’s field of depth and masteral understanding on electric power industry in the Philippines?

    4. And where is Pet Ilagan of NASECORE, JDR’s mentor? Focus closely of his statement in the last part of this article? IS IT REALLY CONVINCING to have our present BILECO under NEA to be converted under CDA?

    NOW DO YOU HAVE FRIENDS AND RELATIVES living in Southern Leyte who are also actively concern of elec coop? Ask them now about their gained information, experience and decision?

  90. kita-a ra ni si pilyo jdr, he blog here saying that a bogus facebook account is currently online then ako lang gi komentaryohan that this is again another gimickry iya na sab gi hide ang https://www.facebook.com/victor.delrosario.7921 kay nabuko man that he was the one behind it. Or maybe he just wsnt to prove that he was not responislble for the jundelrosariofor1stdistrictboardmenber facebook account. Thanks for the demo pilyo jdr. Me im convinced that the bottomline of all of these is purely politics!

  91. Ating Koop Party List, CDA bats for conversion of Electric Coops to stock cooperatives
    Philippine Information Agency By Lito Dar · 78 views · posted 1-Nov-2011 · 0 comments
    Conversion of electric cooperatives to stock cooperatives will have many advantages to its consumer members and to the cooperative as well.

    Ating Koop Party List Representative Isidro Lico said this during the Regional Cooperative Month celebration hosted by the province through the Provincial Cooperative Development Council and in partnership with the Regional Cooperative Development Council held at the Benguet State University (BSU) Gymnasium last week.

    According to Lico, registration of electric cooperatives to Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) as stock cooperative is one of their primary advocacies as it has many advantages that would benefit the member consumers and the electric cooperative itself.

    Firstly, Lico stressed that CDA registered cooperatives are exempted of the 12 percent government Value Added Tax (VAT) which would eventually result to the reduction of electric rates for the consumers.

    Lico also stressed that conversion of electric cooperatives into stock coop would also give recognition to consumers as co-owner of the cooperative. In the present set-up, consumers are not considered as such because there is no record of ownership and how much the consumers are contributing.

    “When an electric coop registers with the CDA, every contribution of the consumers will be considered as their capital share, which could also earn corresponding dividends,” Lico said.

    In addition, Lico emphaisized that this would also strengthen the electric cooperatives because the consumers as co-owners or share holders would seriously help protect the electric cooperatives from systems loss.

    He also discounted the concern that once an electric coop convert to a stock cooperative it will no longer be supported by the National Electrification Administration (NEA). “Such concern is not true, NEA, under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), is mandated to support all electric cooperatives, even if they become a stock cooperative”, Lico said.

    Meantime, CDA-CAR Sr. Coop Development and designated Information Officer Martin Manodon also affirmed that pushing for the conversion of electric cooperatives to stock cooperative is also one of their main advocacies as this would further strengthen the coop movement in the country.

    Manodon also stressed that they are set to establish a cooperative advisory council.

    According to Manodon, for Cordillera the Abra Electric Cooperative (ABRECO) has already registered with the CDA as a stock cooperative. (SCA LD/PIA CAR)

  92. NEA, APEC fight for electric cooperatives
    June 28, 2010 7:50pm
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    The National Electric Administration and the party list Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives are fighting for the country’s electric cooperatives, offering tax and loan incentives to those that will switch sides.

    The rates of electric cooperatives registered with the Cooperative Development Authority will go down by P0.25 to P0.40 per kilowatthour, the party list APEC said Monday.

    The Expanded Value Added Tax and local taxes would be waived for cooperatives that will sign up with the CDA, Luis Manuel Corral, APEC secretary general, told reporters in an interview.

    Under Section 4, Article 132, of Republic Act 9520 or The New Cooperative Code of the Philippines, electric cooperatives registered with the CDA are also entitled to “congressional allocations, grants, subsidies and other financial assistance for rural electrification, which can be coursed through the Department of Energy, the authority or local government units,” the APEC said.

    Corral said that despite the incentives, only 11 of 119 electric cooperatives in the country are CDA members. The non-members fall under the jurisdiction of the National Electrification Administration, he said.

    The 11 cooperatives that have 1.2 million member consumers include the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperatives, Palawan Electric Cooperative, Pangasinan Electric Cooperatives 1 and 2, Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative, Negro Oriental Electric Cooperative, Abra Electric Cooperative, Isabela Electric Cooperative, Sorsogon Electric Cooperative, and Quirino Electric Cooperative.

    There has been an “intimidation, misinformation” and “miseducation” of electric cooperatives, with the NEA warning utilities that once they sign up with the CDA, they will no longer be allowed to borrow funds from the government agency, Coral alleged.

    Judith Alferez, head of NEA public affairs office, however, said that the NEA has not kept electric cooperatives from signing up with CDA. “They can see and they know the benefits of staying with NEA,” Alferez said.

    Electric cooperatives that will transfer to CDA will have to settle all obligations, without the chance of the loans condoned by the National Power Corp., said a NEA official who asked not to be named.

    Still, Corral said that once a cooperative becomes a members of the CDA it can borrow directly from local banks and be given flexible terms.

    “We’re operating at a privatized climate but electric cooperatives are still under a feudal system. We at APEC don’t call for the abolishment of the NEA. [Rather, it should] evolve into a technical and financial agency,” Corral said.

    Electric cooperatives should be given to the members “so they can be more accountable, more transparent” in operating the utility, he added. —VS, GMANews.TV

  93. Electric cooperatives now registering with CDA
    By Phres A. Evardone
    Thursday 16th of February 2012 TweetFacebookYahooEmailShareThis

    QUEZON CITY, Feb. 16 (PIA) – More electric cooperatives nationwide are already registering their respective cooperatives with the Cooperatives Development Agency (CDA). This was announced Tuesday by Orlando R. Ravanera, acting Executive Director of CDA at the program Talking Points.

    There are 119 known electric cooperatives in the country with a combined asset worth P300 billion, and with more than nine (9) million household members according to Ravanera. Only 12 electric cooperatives, however, are registered with the CDA.

    Ravanera stated in a phone interview that their agency is expecting an influx of about 20 to 30 more electric cooperatives to register within the year.

    He said that recently, the Agusan Del Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO) registered with the CDA heeding the call of its 135,000 members to “live up to its name of being a real cooperative.”

    Cooperatives registered under CDA enjoy exemption from both local and national imposed taxes, e.g., value-added tax and real property tax as mandated by R.A. 9520 and the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008.

    This privilege would then allow registered electric cooperatives to charge lower power rates to its members. Moreover, the members will also be able to enjoy the benefits from the earnings of their respective cooperatives.

    “The Davao del Norte Elec. Cooperative Board of Directors wrote a letter to our office, saying, ‘Director Ravanera we also would like now to transform ourselves into cooperative,’” Ravanera added. “It’s like domino effect now.”

    The 12 electric cooperatives currently registered at CDA includes Abra Electric Cooperative (ABRECO), Isabela II Electric Cooperative (ISELCO II), Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (NOCECO), Negros Oriental 2 Electric Cooperative, Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative (NUVELCO), Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO), Pangasinan I Electric Cooperative (PANELCO I), Pangasinan III Electric Cooperative (PANELCO III), Quirino Electric Cooperative (QUIRELCO), San Jose City Electric Cooperative (SAJELCO), Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative, Zambales II Electric Cooperative (ZAMECO II).

    CDA will be organizing the National Show of Co-operative Force (NSCF) on February 18 in Quezon City as part of the UN declaration of 2012 being the International Year of Cooperatives. This event aims to gather cooperative members from all over the country and promote public awareness about cooperatives and their contributions to the poor.

    CDA is the regulating government agency task to supervise the operation of the 20,000 registered cooperatives in the country. (PAE/PIA-GHQ)

  94. CDA registration: better for EC members
    9:25 pm | Thursday, May 24th, 2012
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    We would like to thank Reginald B. Tamayo for his letter “Allow ECs to exercise their right to choose.” (Inquirer, 5/4/12)
    It is disappointing though that Tamayo failed to mention that there is a law that mandates electric cooperatives to choose between two options. Section 57 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) of 2001 states: “Electric cooperatives are given the option to convert into either a stock cooperative under the Cooperative Development Act or stock corporation under the Corporation Code. Nothing contained in this Act shall deprive electric cooperatives (ECs) of any privilege or right granted to them under Presidential Decree No. 269, as amended, and other existing laws.”
    Between a cooperative and a corporation, the National Association of Electricity Consumers for Reforms Inc. (Nasecore) prefers the cooperative because it establishes and recognizes consumer ownership of the electric cooperatives and promotes the equitable distribution of wealth.
    Had Tamayo cared to look into the by-laws of the electric cooperative in his place, he would have found out that Section 1, Article 2 of the EC by-laws clearly states: “The members are the joint-owners of the Cooperative, with their individual equity in its assets determined on the basis of their patronage.” And consumers just have to look into their monthly electric bill that shows their monthly capital contributions indicated as “RFSC,” meaning, Reinvestment Fund for Sustainable Capital Expenditures, which ranges from P0.1518/kWh to P0.5324/kWh depending on the ERC-determined category of the electric cooperative.
    Members of a genuine cooperative are very much aware, owing to their cooperative’s sustained members’ education, that cooperatives registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) enjoy numerous tax exemptions that directly benefit them. It is unfortunate that the ECs under the National Electrification Administration do not enjoy these benefits, thus the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in 2010 promulgated the Rules for Setting Electric Cooperatives-Wheeling Rates (RSEC-WR) where the ECs were given a “provision for tax,” (allowing them to pass their tax liabilities on to their consumers) which was a departure from its previous decisions, issued mostly in 2004, on the rate unbundling applications of ECs.
    As to the rates of the ECs, the ERC determines these (distribution, supply and metering charges on a per kilowatt-hour basis), based on the principle that the ECs are entitled to recover their just and reasonable costs through an annual revenue budget (also called “requirement”), which the ERC approves. Regrettably, the ERC does not have the capability to audit the ECs’ actual annual revenues vis-à-vis its approved annual revenue requirement, yet it prefers not to seek the assistance of the Commission on Audit.
    We strongly believe that if the ERC will just be bold and conscientious in doing its mandate of ensuring that rates are just and reasonable, consumers will be forever grateful because the rates will naturally go down.
    —PETE L. ILAGAN,
    president, National Association
    of Electricity Consumers
    for Reforms Inc.
    [email protected]

  95. A LAWYER said electric cooperatives do not need to be registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) to become stronger in servicing its concessionaires. Lawyer Chito Oclarit said electric cooperatives are created by law under the supervision of the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

    “That’s why we’re not fake,” Oclarit said in response to allegations that most of electric cooperatives are actually operating not as “genuine cooperatives.”

    Oclarit is one of the legal counsels for the Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Service Cooperative in Laguindingan town, Misamis Oriental.

    He said once the electric cooperatives register with the CDA, it would practically become as stock organization.

    “And if we become as stock cooperative, our rural electrification projects would be stopped. We cannot anymore help the rural areas to be energized. We already exist 40 years ago, and this is our program to energize even those areas that are not viable,” he said.

    Running well
    Out of 119 electric cooperatives, only 12 registered with the CDA. “But most of them went bankrupted,” Oclarit said. He said electric cooperatives are “running well,” and do not need the supervision of the cooperative agency.

    “If we become as stock cooperative, maybe only five people control certain electric cooperative,” he warned.

    The lawyer even said electric cooperatives branded as “fake” are earning that it can even finance its rural energization programs.

    Tax exemption and dividends
    According to the CDA, electric cooperatives are tax exempt if registered with the cooperative department. But according to Oclarit, it would be more advantageous for the power providers to stay under the umbrella of the NEA.

    “Electric cooperatives are taxed up to one percent only and we give return of investment (ROI) in the form of dividends to the members from eight to 12 percent. What if these dividends are used to energize the rural areas, it would be more advantageous to the government. Even President Benigno Aquino supports the rural electrification programs of these electric cooperatives,” he said.

    As non-stock non-profit organization, electric cooperatives are giving ROIs to its concessionaires in the form of “patronage credit.”

    “We’re not looking at returning the investments of the consumers… we are concentrating on our rural electrification programs. We need to give priorities to the people first before dividends,” he said.

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