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Robredo affirms commitment to support plight of electric cooperatives and consumers

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In a virtual forum attended by leaders and advocates of rural electrification, board of directors, management, and staff of electric cooperatives, Vice President Leni Robredo affirmed her commitment to protect the legacy and uphold the welfare and interest of the sector.

Entitled “Forum for Rural Electrification – Part II: Urgent Issues and Concerns Emerging in the Energy Sector“, participants discussed emerging issues and concerns in the sector such as disaster response and management, compliance to renewal portfolio standards, energy task force for the May elections, and causes and possible solutions on sudden spikes on electricity cost.

Robredo, a resource speaker and guest of honor at the event, said electric cooperatives are the real epitome of giving power to the people or the masses.

“Tayong mga mamamayan ang mas may karapatan sa kapangyarihan dahil tayo ang umaaray sa bawat pagtaas ng kuryente at presyo ng langis… tayo ang nasasaktan sa tuwing nawawalan ng sapat na supply ng mga pangunahing pangangailangan natin,” Robredo said in her address.

She highlighted that having access to clean and affordable source of electricity is not just a privilege, but an indispensable human right.

She also added that “electricity is considered as one of the most amazing and life-changing invention of the human race. In fact, survival without electricity is almost unthinkable – and unacceptable – at this age.”

As part of her 7-Point Rural Electrification and Social Equitability Agenda, she emphasized the importance of electric cooperatives in the government’s vision of inclusive and sustainable development.

As such, her administration shall ensure the “continued existence and renewal of ECs’ franchises and protect the legacy of the sector for the last 50 years of rural electrification movement”.

While she admitted of knowing some ECs who are underperforming, she believes that they should be given every tenable assistance from the government and all its instrumentalities, as prescribed by law.

Robredo said that her administration will “prioritize and support legislative and other proposals that will bring down the cost of electricity.”

The electric cooperatives and its leaders have been very vocal about their support for Robredo. Together with Party-lists advocating for the welfare of ECs and member-consumer-owners, the so-called One EC-MCO movement has endorsed the candidacy of Vice President Leni Robredo for the May 2022 presidential election.

In a previous gathering, Robredo and leaders from the ECs and MCOs inked a covenant containing the presidential aspirant’s commitment to the sector should she win in the May 2022 polls.

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