BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Local chief executives and village officials have voiced support for the joint venture offer of private electricity distributor MORE Power Corporation to Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) amid a heightening public debate on the joint venture.
Provincial Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer said mayors of the four cities – Bacolod, Talisay, Silay and Bago, and the towns of Don Salvador Benedicto and Murcia – all covered by the franchise area of CENECO want “better services” for their constitutents after observing what has been described by critics and even its acting general manager as “ailing” and “bleeding.
Ferrer, who attended a presentation of MORE Power before village officials here, said these chief executives only want better services for their people after witnessing the current level of efficiency and services being offered by CENECO to its consumers.
Labor leaders and at least two consumers groups have already thrown their supprt behind the offer of Ignite Power for a 70-30 split between MORE Power and CENECO, respectively, that will involve the infusion of at least P4 billion for the upgrade of CENECO facilities, among others.
Wennie Sancho of Power Watch Negros Advocate and Rodolfo Song of Utilities Consumers Advocate for Reforms (UCARE) were among the consumers from here who were invited by MORE Power to observe its operations in Iloilo City.
Sancho said what he had seen in Iloilo City showed that MORE “understands that the consumer is its lifeblood” ad he desctribed the difference between the services of CENECO and MORE Power to be “a mile apart.”
He noted, for example, that MORE offers free coffee and free bread for its consumers paying their bills inside an airconditioned room at the Hotel del Rio compared to the roadside seats in the searing heat given to consumers here by CENECO.