National Electrification Administration (NEA) administrator Antonio Mariano “Nani” C. Almeda is looking forward to a fruitful relationship with electric cooperatives as he vowed to accelerate the implementation of the government’s total electrification program.
Almeda, who was formally welcomed by NEA employees in an assembly held at the agency’s headquarters on Tuesday, said electric cooperatives are the agency’s implementing arm in pursuing total electrification and sustainable rural development in the country.
“Electric cooperatives are and should be, the wife and children of NEA, so I will try my best to forge a very convenient, harmonious relationship with the electric cooperatives, so please help me. Their cooperation will matter much in the performance of our functions,” he added.
From 2007-2010, Almeda served as the deputy executive director of the Joint Congressional Energy Commission (JCEC), the country’s primary watchdog in the power sector.
Almeda was actively involved in the formulation of the bill for the EPIRA Amendments. He was also tasked with overseeing the privatization process of the various power plants of the National Power Corp.