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“YES To JVA” Receives 55.53% Of Votes

The only solution to the electricity problem of Bacolod City is the Primelectric (Negros Power) and CENECO Joint Venture Agreement (JVA).

Good News Regarding the JVA

Everyone in Bacolod is happy that the majority of CENECO consumers have favored the Joint Venture Agreement with Primelectric. On August 27 (the 6th day of the plebiscite), the Yes to JVA accumulated a total of 98,591 votes or 55.53%.

Only 88,870 approving votes were needed to achieve the majority, equivalent to 50% plus 1 vote out of the 177,737 qualified voters who are member-consumers of CENECO.

Voting Dates YES NO
June 24 13,587 3,748
June 25 8,087 2,319
August 19 24,641 284
August 20 21,247 250
August 26 25,245 116
August 27 5,784 137
Total Votes as of August 27 Total YES Votes Total NO Votes
105,490 98,591 6,899

Significance of the JVA

  • Primelectric will invest in improving, replacing, upgrading, and modernizing distribution facilities.
  • The JVA will enable Primelectric to provide Php1.7 billion to help settle CENECO’s debts.
  • System losses passed on to consumers will be capped at 5.5% as regulated by the ERC.
  • Negros Power will apply for a congressional franchise with CENECO holding a 30% share.
  • In a 5-year development plan, they will increase substation and transformer capacity, replace wooden poles with concrete, reinforce primary lines, upgrade to digital meters, and strengthen responsiveness to lessen unscheduled brownouts.
  • The cost of electricity will decrease.

Reason Why the YES Vote Won

Many CENECO consumer-members have showed their support for the approval because the in-depth information, education, and communication campaign organized over the past three months by JVA advocates has been effective in explaining to them why this partnership between CENECO and Primelectric is very important.


CENECO and Primelectric signed the JVA on June 3, 2023, and was ratified by consumer members through a weekly plebiscite which began on June 23 and ended on September 3.

I’m delighted that the YES votes won convincingly even if the plebiscite hasn’t ended yet (scheduled on September 2 and 3). This just proves that when people get together and let their voices be heard, they will be victorious.

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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