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Negros Power Franchise Approved In Congress: A Step Towards Improved Electricity Distribution

Negros Power Franchise Approved In Congress: A Step Towards Improved Electricity Distribution

Negros Power Franchise Approved In Congress: A Step Towards Improved Electricity Distribution

In a significant development for the province of Negros Occidental, the 19th Congress has recently given its resounding approval to House Bill No. 9805 on its third and final reading. This bill grants the Negros Electric and Power Corporation (NEPC) a franchise to establish, operate, and maintain a distribution system for supplying electric power to end-users in various areas within Central Negros Occidental. The congressional approval has propelled NEPC forward in its mission to improve the electricity distribution in its designated areas.

Congressional Approval

The overwhelming support for the bill within the Congress was evident, with a majority vote of 225 members in favor, 9 against, and 1 abstention. This approval marks a significant milestone in NEPC’s journey towards obtaining the necessary authority to operate and improve electricity distribution in Central Negros Occidental.

Negros Power Franchise Approved In Congress: A Step Towards Improved Electricity Distribution

What’s Next

While this congressional approval is a significant achievement for NEPC, it is essential to understand the subsequent steps in the process that will shape the corporation’s ability to operate effectively.

  1. Transmission to the Senate

    The next phase involves transmitting the approved bill to the Senate for its concurrence. This crucial step serves as a checkpoint where the bill’s merits and implications will be scrutinized by the Senate members.

  2. Senate Approval

    Upon reaching the Senate, the bill undergoes a thorough examination, and its approval is contingent on garnering support from the Senate members. Once approved, the bill is signed by the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

  3. Presidential Approval

    The certified bill then finds its way to the President for final approval. The President’s endorsement formalizes the franchise, and the bill is assigned a Republic Act (RA) number. This step solidifies the legal standing of NEPC’s authority to operate within the designated areas.

  4. Return to the House

    Following the President’s approval, the bill returns to the House of Representatives. This legislative loop is part of the checks and balances system, ensuring a comprehensive review and endorsement from both branches of the government.

In the event of a veto by the President, the bill, along with an explanation for the veto, will be sent back to the originating House for further action. The originating House will then review the veto and decide on the appropriate course of action, which may involve making amendments or resubmitting the bill for reconsideration.

Negros Power Franchise Approved In Congress: A Step Towards Improved Electricity Distribution

Implications for Negros Occidental

The approval of the power franchise holds profound implications for Negros Occidental. NEPC’s expanded operations and improved distribution system promise increased access to reliable electricity for residents and businesses within Central Negros Occidental. This not only fosters economic growth but also enhances the overall quality of life for the communities in the province.

In conclusion, the green light from the 19th Congress signifies a significant stride towards progress and development for Negros Occidental. As the legislative process unfolds, the province can anticipate a brighter and more electrified future, empowering communities and propelling them into an era of sustainable growth.

The Blue Ink

Dhadha Garcia is a lifestyle blogger from Bacolod, PH. She is a mompreneur, a full-time blogger, and a content creator. She started blogging in 2007 and became one of the pioneers of the Negrense Blogging Society, Inc. (NBSI) in 2009, where she has received several awards and nominations for her blogs. She also writes at www.twenteenmom.com and www.classysweets.com.

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