Benguet leaders rally behind new BENECO manager

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La Trinidad, Benguet – Benguet caretaker congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap joined the people and officialdom of the province in supporting the leadership of Engr. Melchor S. Licoben as the new General Manager of the Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) to advance the aggressive implementation of the government’s rural electrification program in still unenergized sitios in the different parts of the province.

In a statement circulated to the members of the media, Yap, who chairs the powerful House Committee on Appropriations, stated “we are one with the unified action of our leaders in bestowing their unconditional support to the new leadership of one of the top performing rural electric cooperatives in the country.”

The lawmaker claimed he is fully aware of the exemplary accomplishments of the previous BENECO leadership nurtured through 3 decades of passionate and dedicated service which led the electric cooperative to reach the highest pedestal of the country’s power industry by being one of the few Class AAA electric cooperatives to date.

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Congressman Yap asserted that together with the BENECO Board of Directors, “We are confident that Engr. Licoben can effectively and efficiently propel our electric cooperative to greater heights and having rose from the ranks occupying various significant positions through the years which allowed him to gain the substantial skills and knowledge, he is the best choice for the vacated position.”

Through Engr. Licoben, Yap requested for BENECO to further enhance the implementation of rural electrification programs to continue to bring cheap and quality power to the remote villages of the province to help spur economic activities providing the sustainable sources of livelihood of the people in the non-viable communities within BENECO’s franchise area.

Congressman Yap disclosed he will personally make the appropriate representation with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to ensure the continuous and sufficient provision of government resources in speeding up the implementation of the rural electrification program, especially in the hundreds of still unenergized villages around the province, as access to electricity is one of the engines of countryside development.

Yap added that he will also coordinate with the NEA leadership to facilitate the immediate confirmation of Engr. Licoben appointment to fully enable him to discharge his duties and responsibilities with utmost confidence as the government’s partner in the realization of the rural electrification program in BENECO’s franchise area.

“We are positive that under the leadership of Engr. Licoben, our electric cooperative is in good hands and pursuant to the government’s thrust of transparency and accountable governance.” Yap said.

Earlier, the provincial board and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Benguet Chapter passed Resolution No. 2020-488 and Resolution No. 06, series of 2020, respectively expressing their all-out support to the leadership of Engr. Licoben as the new BENECO General Manager and requesting the NEA to confirm Resolution No. 2020-90 of the BENECO Board of Directors that appointed him to the said post effective May 1, 2020.

By Hent

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