BAGUIO CITY– The Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) proved to be one of the country’s top performing rural electric cooperatives amidst the serious negative effects of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic after it garnered fourteen prestigious awards during the recently-concluded Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (PHILRECA) awarding ceremony.
In his advisory to the members of the BENECO Board of Directors, lawyer Delmar Cariño, department manager of the Institutional Skills Department (ISD), stated that among the awards that BENECO garnered include the Paramount Achievement Award, 4 Years of Power House Excellence Award, Ace of Tariff Award on Grid, Stellar Success Award, Prompt Payer Award, Quality Innovator Award, Extra Mile Award, Constant Contributor Award, Iron Pillar Award, Model Member Electric Cooperative Award, Strength in Numbers Award, Legends of the Movement Award (Rex Molot), Living A Legacy Award (Former BENECO General Manager Gerardo P. Verzosa) and Strong Commitment to Brotherhood Award.
The Paramount Achievement Award is given to the electric cooperative (EC) for an exemplary performance as triple-A category EC in the pursuit of total electrification and sustainable rural development notwithstanding all difficulties confronting the rural electrification movement.
The 4 years of Power House Excellence Award is given to the EC for consistently exhibiting an exemplary performance as a triple- category EC in the last 4 years in the pursuit of rural electrification and sustainable rural development notwithstanding all difficulties besetting the movement while Ace of Tariff Award On-Grid is given to the EC for being committed in providing the cheapest electricity, on-grid, for its member-consumer-owners, in the pursuit of rural electrification and sustainable rural development.
Further, the Stellar Success Award is given to the EC for maintaining its high collection performance in the pursuit of total electrification and sustainable development while the Prompt Payer Award is given to the EC for committing itself to timely and efficient settlement of its obligations to PHILRECA.
The Quality Innovator Award is given to the EC for committing itself to the highest standard of management as pioneer in ISO-9001:2015 certification for quality management system while the Extra Mile is awarded to the EC for implementing PHILRECA’s Pantawid Liwanag program, as well as other initiatives that are aimed to uplift the lives of the member-consumer-owners in the pursuit of total electrification and sustainable rural development.
The Constant Contributor Award is awarded to BENECO for its continuous support to the goal of the One EC network Foundation, Inc. in uplifting the lives of the people while the Iron Pillar Award is given to the EC for its active engagement and participation to the trainings, webinars and other activities of PHILREC in pursuit of rural electrification and development.
The Model Member EC ward is given to the EC for being an outstanding member EC of PHILRECA notwithstanding all difficulties confronting the rural electrification movement in the country while the Strength in Numbers Award is given to BENECO for encouraging and supporting its officers and employees to partake in trainings, webinars and other activities of PHILRECA in pursuit of rural electrification and development.
The Legends of the Movement Award is given to BENECO for being committed Warrior of Light whose passion for service has continuously provided inspiration for PHILRECA and for the whole One EC-MCO Movement while the Living Legacy Award (former general manager Gerardo P. Verzosa) is given to a general manager for devoting himself to life of service and for living a legacy to the EC and that his contributions to the EC and to the rural electrification movement will forever live on.
The Strong Commitment to Brother hood Award is given to the EC for its unwavering support and upholding the true spirit of bayanihan in helping the affected electric cooperatives and member-consumer-owners during Typhoons Tisoy, Ursula, Ambo, Quinta, Rolly and Ulysses through the power Restoration Rapid Deployment Task Force Kapatid.
BENECO general manager Engr. Melchor S. Licoben underscored that the electric cooperative could not have been recognized by the PHILRECA if not for the utmost cooperation with and participation of the growing number of member-consumer-owners to the various programs, projects and activities geared towards improving the efficiency and reliability of the power distribution system that will translate to cheaper power rates.
Licoben assured the stakeholders of the electric cooperative that the management and the Board of Directors will continue to adopt the appropriate innovations to improve the efficiency of the distribution system for the benefit of the increasing number of consumers in the EC’s franchise area.
He asserted that with the continuous support of the consumers, BENECO will try to elevate its achievements to a higher level amidst the prevailing challenges of the ongoing pandemic. By HENT