State-run National Electrification Administration (NEA) defended its hiring of general managers for electric cooperatives.
NEA said the appointment of Ana Marie Rafael as GM of Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) was also a collective action of its board of administrators.
The agency said that in the context of state regulation, the “interference” in ECs’ affairs comes as a matter of course in the exercise of NEA’s mandate of supervision over their operations and management under the provisions of Presidential Decree (PD) 269.
The NEA BOA passed a resolution on April 29, 2021, endorsing Rafael as the candidate with the highest score in the final interview for BENECO GM.
However, the BENECO board of directors passed a resolution on May 19, 2021, rejecting the NEA BOA’s resolution.
Since she had the highest score during the selection process, Rafael was appointed GM of BENECO.
Even with the appointment of Rafael, NEA said Melchor Licoben refused to turn over his duties and responsibilities to the newly appointed GM.
NEA said his actions eventually led to confusion and chaos because he continued disbursing BENECO funds as if he were still the BENECO GM.