COORDINATION MEETING BETWEEN NPC SPUG, LGU
AND BASILAN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE (BASELCO)
By: Omar C. Antocan
The coordination meeting was held at Basilan Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BASELCO) main office, Isabela City, Basilan, last July 13, 2016 and the agenda is the electrification status of areas under BASELCO. The attendees were the Management and Board of Directors of BASELCO headed by its General Manager, Engr. Filomeno E. Bate. The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Isabela City headed by the Honorable Mayor Al-Qaid Akhbar and his staff were also present while the NPC delegation was headed by SPUG Vice President Mr. Edmundo A. Veloso, Jr. together with the staff from SPUG Mindanao.
The agenda is straightforward tackling the issue that hound Basilan landscape with regards to electrification in Isabela City and its adjoining municipalities particularly Lamitan. BASELCO presented the status and development plan of its distribution system for the rest of the year and onward. The incessant power tripping due to many factors affecting the city and province and their program to rectify transient tripping caused by line disturbances.
Mr. Veloso assured everyone that the thrust of SPUG Mindanao is towards improving the services of electricity supply. The urgent repair of PB 119 Daihatsu gensets, the additional capacity intended for the province thru rental from Monark and possible deployment of 2 MW power barge to Maluso, Basilan.
The LGU requested that supply of electricity to Maluso and Sumisip be expedited given that these municipalities suffered much from power outages for quite sometime. The mayor of Isabela City commits his office to assist BASELCO and NPC in their endeavor to improve the power situation in the city.