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NORECO 1 to hold district elections

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (20 February) -- Electric consumers under the Negros Oriental Cooperative 1 (NORECO 1) are set to cast their votes for the electric cooperatives' upcoming district elections for board of directors.

Elections in three districts covered by NORECO 1 are as follows: Feb. 28 in Vallehermoso, March 7 in La Libertad and March 14 in Bais City.

Deadlines for filing of certificates of candidacy for the chance to sit as one of the NORECO 1 board of directors are Feb. 18 for Vallehermoso, Feb. 25 for La Libertad and March 4 for Bais City, said Lynn Manlalangit, officer-in-charge of NORECO 1's Institutional Services Division.

To qualify, a candidate should be a Filipino citizen, bonafide member and qualified voters of the cooperative in the district he/she seeks to represent at least 90 days before the election and at least 21 years old on the date of the election.

Candidates should not in any way employed by or financially interested in a competing enterprise or a business selling electric energy or electrical hardware to the cooperative and/or doing business with the cooperative including the use or rental of poles, among others. He/she must also have no unsettled or outstanding obligations to the cooperative at the time of filing his/her certificate of candidacy, including accountabilities of commercial or industrial connections of which he/she is the owner or co-owner; has not been apprehended of electric pilferage by the coop and has not been removed for cause as director or employee from any electric cooperative.

Government employees who wish to run in the election should secure a permit from his/her Department Secretary/Regional Director/Elective local official or duly authorized representative allowing him/her to run and/or sit as director at the time of filing his/her certificate of candidacy.

Any person related to any member of the incumbent board, general manager and employees holding the position of department managers or area manager within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity shall be disqualified to run as board director.

Candidates who ran in the local or national elections is disqualified from running for co-op director within one year from the date of the local or national elections.

Candidates should likewise submit a bio-date, police clearance and provincial fiscal's clearance.

NORECO 1 together with the local Philippine Information Agency (PIA) conducted two separate forums in La Libertad and Bais City on Feb. 16 and 17, respectively.

The fora also discussed critical issues affecting NORECO 1 consumer-members such as the P500 power subsidy from Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the sporadic power interruptions that have plagued some areas covered by the cooperative. (PIA/rmn) [top]

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