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Negros Power Franchise Receives Congressional Approval

Negros Power Franchise Receives Congressional Approval

In a recent development, the Committee on Legislative Franchises presented Committee Report No. 936 on House Bill No. 9805 during the 2nd regular session of the 19th Congress. The bill, sponsored by Central Negros Occidental representatives, has passed the second reading and aims to grant a franchise to Negros Electric and Power Corp. (NEPC). This franchise will enable NEPC to establish, operate, and maintain an electric power distribution system for commercial purposes and in the public interest.

Service Coverage and Duration

The franchise specifically targets the following areas in the province of Negros Occidental:

  • Cities: Bacolod, Silay, Talisay, and Bago
  • Municipalities: Murcia and Don Salvador Benedicto

The franchise tenure extends for a substantial 25 years, ensuring long-term commitment to the region’s energy needs.

Negros Power Franchise Receives Congressional Approval

Key Points from the Plenary Debate

During the plenary debate, Congressman Gus S. Tambunting, chair of the Legislative and Franchises Committee, underscored critical aspects:

    1. Ownership and Debt Settlement:
    • Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) will retain 30 percent ownership of NEPC.
    • All debts and financial obligations will be resolved through a Joint Venture Agreement.
    2. Employee Welfare:
    • Employees will be well taken care of.
    • Retirement and separation fees from CENECO will be honored as per the Collective Bargaining Agreements.
    • Employees will receive priority consideration if they choose to apply to NEPC.

The Franchise’s Core Purpose

The primary objective of this franchise is reliable and uninterrupted electricity supply within the designated franchise area. By meeting the energy demands of residents, it aims to:

  • Fuel Regional Development: Contributing to the growth and progress of the region.
  • Enhance Electric Distribution: Elevating the overall quality of electric services for residents.

Negros Power’s Positive Stride

As Negros Power secures the green light from the 19th Congress, it ushers in a new era of energy provision for the designated areas. With a focus on sustainability, economic growth, and employee welfare, this legislative move sets the stage for a brighter and more empowered future for Negros. The approved franchise is a testament to the commitment of lawmakers to ensure the well-being of residents and contribute to the overall progress of the region.

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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