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Power Watch bullish on NEPC franchise bid

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• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Power Watch Negros Advocates (PWNA) is looking forward that the granting of franchise by Congress to the Negros Electric and Power Corporation (NEPC), would provide relief from CENECO’s service problems.

When the franchise is granted to NEPC and HB 9310 becomes a law, it will be a testament that NEPC is the standard on how power distribution utilities should operate and that is, putting excellent service and the welfare of the consumers first, before profit, in a statement disclosed Wennie Sancho, secretary general of the Negros Power Advocates.

Abang Lingkod Rep. Stephen Joseph Paduano, 3rd district Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez, 4th district Rep. Juliet Marie Ferrer and Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya sponsored the bill pushing for the granting of a franchise to NEPC.

If the NEPC franchise is put into effect, we can just imagine what it will do to improve power distribution services in the franchise area covered by NEPC, Sancho added.

Sancho further claimed in his statement that billions of pesos invested by NEPC in the JVA with CENECO will be used on rehabilitation works such as replacement of old poles and transformers, rehabilitation of substations, and construction of new substations and installations of protective systems.

We are expecting that NEPC will acquire 36 MVA mobile substations like that of MORE Power Corp. as this will result in improved voltage regulation while the system is expected to become robust, he further said.

Indeed, we had a timely JVA with NEA granting its consent, Sancho also said, as he anticipates the coming of a bright new year.

We are facing a bright future in the power industry, in partnership with NEPC. Moreover, the contribution of NEPC will be a flashpoint in the economic development in the province of Negros Occidental, he stressed.*

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