NAVAL, Biliran – Seven district meetings are scheduled by Biliran Electric Cooperative, Incorporated (BILECO) as the sole electric cooperative in Biliran province holds a referendum on November 26, 2016.
The referendum will be conducted during the 29th Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) on November 26, 2016 at the Cabucgayan Gymnasium in Magbangon, Cabucgayan,Biliran.
Republic Act 10531 otherwise known as an “Act Strengthening the National Electrification Administration, Further Amending for the Purpose Presidential Decree No. 269, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the “National Electrification Administration Decree”, mandates all remaining electric cooperatives that are non-stock to conduct referendum whether one should remain as non-stock, non-profit electric cooperative under the National Electrification Administration (NEA); convert into stock cooperative under the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) or convert into stock corporation under the Stock and Exchange Corporation (SEC).
Allan Joseph S. Borrinaga, BILECO institutional services department (ISD) manager, reported to the members of BILECO multi-sectoral electrification advisory council (MSEAC) in the 3rd quarterly meeting on September 15, 2016 the following schedule of district meetings: Almeria-September 28, 2016 at Almeria Gymnasium; Biliran-October 5, 2016 at Lower BNAC Campus Social Hall; Kawayan-October 7, 2016 at Old Basketball Court; Culaba-October 11, 2016 at Culaba Gymnasium; Caibiran-October 14, 2016 at Caibiran Gymnasium; Cabucgyan-October 21, 2016 at Cabucgayan Gymnasium; and Naval-October 28, 2016 at Naval Gymnasium.
Borrinaga said that BILECO has set these schedules of district meetings to give the member-consumers of the electric cooperative enough information and sufficient knowledge why referendum will be conducted and for them to be able to arrive at an informed decision on what type of electric cooperative they will choose out of the three choices provided by RA 10531.
An over-all referendum committee and precinct referendum committee were already organized composed of the members of BILECO MSEAC with three members each committee who will facilitate in the conduct of the referendum on November 26, 2016 subject for approval of the BILECO Board of Directors.
Borrinaga also said that BILECO will use other communication platforms like the social media, local cable TV, regular radio program of BILECO and other local radio programs in local radio stations, press releases in regional broadsheets, flyers, and other information and education campaign materials just to give the member-consumers of BILECO wide array of information sources of their convenience about the referendum.
The member-consumers can freely air their views and opinions on whether what type of electric cooperative they wanted BILECO to become by way of a referendum during the scheduled district meetings, Borrinaga added.
He emphasized that there will be no more discussion regarding the referendum that will be conducted during the 29th AGMA as other important matters relative to the operation of the electric cooperative and some vital matters affecting the member-consumers will be presented and discussed.
The BILECO ISD manager encouraged the member-consumers to attend the 29th AGMA and participate the referendum as these activities have something to do with the welfare of the member-consumers as well as the future of the lone electric cooperative in the province of Biliran. # (FJ/rvictoria/PIA Biliran)