BAGUIO CITY – Some 20 groups in District II of the city were able to be provided with financial assistance from the district contingency fund (DCF) of Director James Aclopen of the Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) for the first semester of this year.
The beneficiary groups that were given their financial assistance from Aclopen’s DCF were Apugan Sto. Tomas Women’s Organization, Balsigan barangay tanods, Bakakeng Norte day care center, Bakakeng Central barangay, Kias barangay, San Vicente Elementary School, Bakakeng National High School, Bakakeng Elementary School, Sto. Tomas Elementary School, Sto. Tomas Balacbac, Balsigan barangay clinic, Tetep-an Village Gimong, Adiwang Elementary School, Bakakeng Norte/Sur women’s Organization, Dontogan barangay, San Vincete barangay, Loakan proper barangay, Loakan Liwanag barangay, Kadaclan Village and Camp 7 senior citizens group.
“It is an honor and privilege to be able to help the different associations in our district even in the most simple way we could considering that we have to equitable share the available resources to the numerous groups that are in need of assistance,” Aclopen stressed.
The neophyte member of BENECO’s Board of Directors cited the need of equitable distributing the available resources to the different organizations that are in need of assistance so that their members will be able to realize the benefits of consolidating resources for the realization of their different projects.
For the second semester, Aclopen cited he plans to prioritize the equitable distribution of assistance to the different groups that are engaged in various livelihood activities in the different barangays within the jurisdiction of District II.
He said requests for financial assistance must be submitted to him in writing but it does not mean that their full fund requests will be given considering that there are numerous groups who are also in a similar situation that is why utmost understanding and wise utilization of the available resources should be exercised.
The first sixteen beneficiaries directly sought the assistance of Aclopen for their initial needs while the last four associations were given assistance through the initiative of former Director and North Sanitary Camp punong barangay Virgilio Jun Orca of District VI then.
Aclopen also appealed to all member-consumers of District II to continue communicating with their representatives to the board of Directors on their priority needs that must be formally acted upon in order to guarantee a reliable power system delivering reliable and quality power to their homes and establishments.
“We continue to be open-minded in dealing with the issues affecting the operation of the rural electric cooperative that is why we encourage our member-consumers to be also proactive in bringing to our attention concerns that must be given utmost attention by both the management and the Board,” Aclopen added.
By Dexter A. See