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Albay power back on track, Lagman assures

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Albay Governor Edcel “Grex” Lagman assured that the power in the province is “back on track” after a shaky transition from the Albay Power and Energy Corporation (APEC), the erstwhile management concessionaire of the Albay Electric Cooperative (ALECO).

In a press conference, Lagman noted that thisnwas made possible through the efforts of the National Electrification Administration (NEA), ALECO, the Local Chief Executive of the Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) and San Miguel Energy Corporation (SMEC).

Lagman revealed that Albay’s continuous supply of power is assured in the next twelve months because of the efforts of the abovementioned agencies through an Emergency Power Supply Agreement (EPSA).

ALECO Acting General Manager Engr. Wilfredo Bucsit assured Albayanos of the viability of ALECO’s operations in the coming months.

Bucsit confirmed that the guaranteed and continuous supply of electricity has buoyed up the spirit of Albayano consumers.

Starting January 3, there was a welcome spike in the number of consumers who have recently started diligently paying their current electric bills to ALECO.

Bucsit who admitted that ALECO is an ailing cooperative with “stage three cancer” could still recover and be a viable electric cooperative again.

Lagman also said that the PGA has already readied disbursement vouchers for the payment of its P1.7 million electric arrearages.

He wants the PGA to take the lead in paying ALECO so that the other 18 LGUs will follow suit and he expects the PGA to pay said arrears within next week.

Lagman also disclosed that P68M in local funds are available to construct at least two (2) electric substations that will reduce the transmission losses of ALECO.

Once said losses are lowered, the electricity rates will also be reduced as this is passed on to consumers.

Lagman also gave his full support to the management team headed by Bucsit to ALECO’s clearing operations starting on January 18 until January 31 by providing at least three dump trucks for said effort.

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