Don’t sabotage Beneco Yap urges, as leadership rift continue

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WITH the ongoing leadership tug – of – war at the Benguet Electric Cooperative, Benguet caretaker Cong. Eric Go Yap urged both parties to restrain from sabotaging the services and equipment of the electric cooperative as member – consumers will be at the losing end.

“Eto naman ang panawagan ko, to whom it may concern, kasi nga hindi naman natin alam which is which ngayon, sana po at the end of the day, kaya tayo nandidyan, para gusto nating magsilbi sa mga taga Benguet at taga Baguio, kung yun po ang gusto natin, sana isipin po natin kung ano ang makakabuti sa Beneco and iwasan po nating yung pagsasabotahe,” Yap told journalists.

Yap said before the impasse on Beneco’s leadership, he sought intervention from the Department of Energy thru Secretary Alfonso Cusi, the National Electrification Agency and the Committee on Energy of the House of Representatives for the resolution of the Beneco general managership impasse the soonest and appoint the qualified official immediately.

On Monday, personnel from the Police Regional Office – Cordillera barged into Beneco’s main office at 3:00 a.m. to install lawyer Ana Maria Rafael, the general manager appointed by the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

NEA’s project supervisor for Beneco Omar Mayo, according to news reports, said the agency deputized the police to implement a suspension order against seven Beneco board of directors and engineer Melchor Licoben, the board-appointed general manager.

Mayo presented a NEA Board of Administrators’ Referendum No. 9, ordering the police to enforce the suspension order.

“Lumaki ng lumaki yung gulo. Nagsimula lang yan sa dalawang GM, hangang bumaba ng bumababa. Sa mga taga Beneco, sana wag idamay ang services. Kung merong alitan, dalhin sa korte. Mag -usap ng maayos,” Yap added.

Employees and member-consumer-owners (MCOs) on October 20 took back Beneco’s main office, three days after NEA officials and appointees staged a pre-dawn takeover.

Beneco employees marched from Baguio City’s central business district to their main office on South Drive.

Yap however said the current situation in Beneco is far from with a case already pending at the Court of Appeals to settle the leadership issue.
“Nakabantay lang po tayo. Hindi po natin pinapabayaan ang Beneco,” Yap closed. ###