By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY, 16Oct2014 (BicolToday.com) — The controversial applications of eligibility under RA 10531, the NEA law which has set qualification standards for those seeking a board seat, and its conflict with the provisions of the Cooperative Code under RA 9520, and the provisions of its Constitutions and By-Laws, Resolution No. 181 of the SORECO II board sets October 25 this year for the elections of nine board seats.
The holding of elections, after numerous postponements beginning January and the latest was August 2014 with the board’s approval, was seen as a ploy to bid for time for affected candidates because of the eligibility clause of RA 10531 but was refuted by the board of directors, informing the member consumers that the August postponement was because of the rehabilitation works on its service lines after “Typhoon Glenda”.
Arguing that restoration to a normal level of electric power services in all its district coverage is a priority, Resolution No. 08 was passed by the executive election committee July 28 setting aside the August election.
The budgetary resources to restore power in heavily affected service area of the cooperative after typhoon “Glenda” need a coordinated and concerted action of the cooperative that requires all available manpower, was another reason of the resolution calling for the shelving of the August election.
The unanimous accord by Soreco II board for the October 25 directors’ election confirmed that almost ninety percent of its service areas were already energized.
The preparations for the board election are now on-going as the executive election committee and the members services department were duly notified as well as the candidates. [BicolToday.com]