By Roi Lomotan
NEGROS ORIENTAL(PIA) – The Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative (NORECO I) will once again hold elections for the director positions in four areas under its coverage areas in the northern part of the province in August and September this year.
NORECO-I has scheduled district elections for four positions in the electric cooperative’s Board of Directors representing Mabinay, Manjuyod, Tayasan, and Canlaon City on August 27 and September 3, 10 and 17 respectively.
NORECO-I Institutional Services Division (ISD) Officer in Charge Jonah Maxino announced that the electric cooperative will implement the “No I.D., No vote” policy on election day.
She explained that this is a way for the electric cooperative to verify the existence of voters and avoid “ghost” voters on the day of elections.
Maxino said the electric cooperative is now issuing brand new IDs with bar codes.
She encouraged member consumers to apply for the new ID.
The new ID can also be used during general assemblies and meetings.
Instead of registering names in the attendance sheet, the new IDs will be swiped or scanned at the bar code reader and that person’s attendance to the meetings will be automatically recorded in the electric cooperative’s database, she explained.
The new IDs has a filing fee of P100.
If in case the member-consumer does not have the new NORECO-I ID, they can still present their old ID or any valid ID cards like PhilHealth, 4Ps, etc.
Meanwhile, the NORECO-I official also announced that the application for the filing of candidacy is now open.
To qualify as a candidate for the said election, Maxino disclosed that some of the major qualifications set by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) include: must be a Filipino citizen and a resident of the district that person represents, a person of good moral character, age must be between 21 to 70 years old on the date of the election, and a graduate of any four-year course.
Furthermore, that person must be a member of good standing of the electric cooperative for three months prior to the election.
This means that the individual must have no pending unsettled obligations with NORECO-I three months before the election.
Another criterion is that interested individuals have attended at least two Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) for the last five years preceding the election.
For government employees who are interested to file their candidacy, they should seek permission from their supervisor, regional director, or head of office and submit a certificate allowing them to run for the position post.
However, only those government employees with salary grade 15 are qualified to run as director.
On the other hand, a candidate is also disqualified to run as director if that person or the individual’s spouse holds any public office or a candidate in the last preceding local or national elections.
Some other major cause of disqualification, convicted by final judgment on a crime involving moral turpitude, or person is employed by or financially interested in a competing enterprise or a business selling electric energy or electrical hardware to the cooperative or doing business with the cooperative, and if the individual are related to the officials and employees of NORECO-I.
Meanwhile, NORECO-I General Manager Jose Juvileo Acabal underscored the role of NORECO-I Board of Directors for the development of the electric cooperative.
“They provide big help because the board is the policy-making body. They also serve as our link to local government officials and the public. Through the board, we can assure a smooth relationship between the member-consumer and NORECO-I,” Acabal said.
For more inquiries on the qualifications and more guidelines for the director positions, interested individuals may contact NORECO-I through telephone numbers 400-5344 and 400-5345. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on Aug. 1, 2016)