ALECO member-consumers to file signature campaign, class suit vs APEC

By Reynard Magtoto

LEGAZPI CITY – With National Electrification Administration’s (NEA) failure to serve the interests of electric cooperative here for five years, ALECO Member-Consumers aim to launch a signature campaign again and file a class suit against Albay Power and Energy Corporation (APEC).

Member-consumers of Albay Electric Cooperative (ALECO) decried the negligence of NEA on its duty to serve the interests of electric cooperatives during their assembly in Embarcadero de Legazpi, August 3. They called on the member-consumers to be more active in the movement for improvement in the delivery of power supply in Albay province through their cooperative, ALECO.

ALECO Secretary, Engr. Virgilio S. Perdigon, Jr., said the expectations of member-consumers were very high but the mandate allowed by NEA was very low. “The privatization has failed for five (5) years and Albayanos have suffered a lot. It is time to replace it with the alternative solution,” he said.

Member-consumer Leo Barcellano suggested to have signature campaign and send complaints to President Rodrigo Duterte through Commissioner Jeremiah Belgica of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission.

However, ALECO chair Atty. Bart Rayco recalled that signature campaign had been done and documents had been sent to the President. Meanwhile, member-consumer Danilo Maravillas advised to gather all evidence for damaged appliances and file a class suit against APEC.

ALECO Treasurer Edna Zepeda suggested new items to be included in the signature sheets. As Treasurer, according to her, she never saw any financial record or held in custody a single centavo of the cooperative because of NEA’s prohibition.

In the NEA-recognized Interim Board of Directors (IBOD) from 09 November 2018 to 09 May 2019, Atty. Rayco’s group was never allowed to access ALECO documents, address consumer complaints, and do other policy-making functions inherent in a board of directors.

According to Atty. Rayco, they opposed the election of the regular board since it violates RA 10531 Section 11 paragraph (g) that requires the candidates to have attended at least two (2) Annual General Membership Assemblies within the previous five (5) years.

“NEA and ALECO never conducted any AGMA. The AGMAs initiated by member-consumers on July 1, 2017 and July 7, 2018 were not recognized by NEA,” said Atty. Rayco.

Engr. Melvin Romano, member-consumer, mentioned the Reinvestment Fund for Sustainable Capex paid by member-consumers since 1973 and must have amounted to billions by now. He added that member-consumers should compile data for the SAIDI (System Average Interruption Duration Index) and System Average Interruption Frequency Index and (SAIFI).

To date, NEA has acted on only 1 out of the 16 resolutions (that on the Cusi attempt to disfranchise ALECO et al) according to Engr. Perdigon.

Engr. Perdigon also cited other matters related to the NEA Office Order, the list of IBOD members, their record of attendance, the motions and other decisions of the IBOD during its term, the resolutions passed and a brief reply to the false claim that the group had done nothing.

“It is NEA which has done almost nothing,” Engr. Perdigon stated. (

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