Negros power co-op: New law bans gov’t officials, spouses from running as BOD

By Jennifer C. Tilos

TAYASAN, Negros Oriental, Aug 12 (PIA) — Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative 1 (Noreco 1) has announced that elected or appointed government officials and their spouses are prohibited from running as candidate for board of directorship of electric cooperatives.

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) Reform Act of 2013 mandates, “No person shall be elected or appointed as an officer or be eligible to run as a board member of an electric cooperative if such person or his or her spouse holds any public office; the spouse has been a candidate in the last preceding local or national elections; such person has been convicted by final judgment of a crime involving moral turpitude; and a candidate has been terminated for cause from public office or private employment.”

Lynn Manlalangit, Noreco1 manager, during a recent Kapihan sa PIA forum here, said the NEA Reform Act of 2013 ensures the independence of its board of directors (BODs) by isolating local politics to strengthen the economic viability of electric cooperatives.

Noreco 1 will hold its election for BODs for the four districts in the municipalities of Mabinay on August 31, Manjuyod on September 7, Tayasan on September 14, and Canlaon City on September 21.

Voting hours will start at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.

Minimum qualifications of a director or officer of the cooperative are the following: a Filipino citizen; graduate of a four-year course; between 21 and 70 years old; of good moral character; member of the electric cooperative in good standing for the last five years immediately preceding the election or appointment; an actual resident and consumer in the district that he or she seeks to represent for at least two years immediately preceding the election; and has attended at least two Annual General Membership Assemblies (AGMA) for the last five years immediately preceding the election or appointment.

Other qualifications for BOD include the following: that a candidate must not be related to any member of the electric cooperative board of directors, general manager and department managers within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity; he/she is not employed by financially interested in a competing enterprise or a business selling electric energy or electrical hardware to the cooperative or doing business with the cooperative, including the rental of poles.

Deadline of filing of certificates of candidacy for interested candidates for Noreco I Board of Directors is on Aug. 21 for Mabinay district; Aug. 28 for Manjuyod district; Sept. 4 for Tayasan; and Sept. 11 for Canlaon City. (rmn/JCT/PIA7, Negros Oriental)

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