The groundswell of support for Primelectric’s Joint Venture Agreement with CENECO is evidence that the consumers of CENECO are eager for better service and lower rates. The residents of Bacolod City and Central Negros have long been clamoring for these basic things for the longest time from our power distribution utility. But it has only fallen on deaf ears. Then we discover it is because CENECO has not been upgrading its facilities. About 50% of their facilities are already 30 years old. Though they want to start upgrading them, their financial condition prevents them from doing so. This is why, out of the 74,163 who participated in the plebiscite so far, 91% or 67,562 voted yes. What does this mean? We only need a few more thousands of voters for the CENECO JVA to push through.
The CENECO JVA is the Change We Have Been Waiting For
Last June there were only 21,674 people in the 2 days of plebiscite who voted yes to JVA. Although that is already 78% of 27,741 who voted, the low voter turnout could mean many are doubtful whether the JVA is good for our city or not. It could also mean that people are also busy with work and they cannot go to the polling precincts.
I am one of them actually. But I did not just reject the idea of the CENECO JVA outrightly. I tried to learn more about it and the more I gained information about MORE Power, the sister company of Primelectric, the more I give my support to Primelectric’s JVA with CENECO. Yes, I want the Negros Power Electric Corporation (NEPC) to push through because I want better service and lower power rates.
After discovering that CENECO has not been updating its records regularly, NEA and CENECO had to reschedule the plebiscite and clean up the voters’ list that included even consumers who have already passed away. This also gave people a chance to know more about Primelectric through the massive information campaign launched by the company.
Supporting the CENECO JVA
Though the owners of this blog are in full support of the JVA, we believe that everyone should also make informed choices. I have provided all the information you need to know more about the JVA in my past articles. Though I wish you vote yes, you have the right to refuse as long as it is based on factual information.
At the rate we are going, a bright future for the city and Central Negros is on the horizon. But let us not take our chances either. We need to go out and vote! Or if it is really not possible because we are too busy on the last 4 days of voting, we can vote by proxy. All we have to do is go to the listed locations of the CENECO JVA booths where we can fill up proxy forms at the said booths.
YES to Negros Power! YES to CENECO JVA!
There are four more plebiscite days left. These are:
- August 26 and 27
- September 2 and 3
In order for the CENECO JVA to push through. There should be at least 50% + 1 YES votes.
Here is the partial result of the plebiscite, as sourced from the CENECO JVA Over-all Plebiscite Committee.
Eligible Voters: 177,737
- Yes 13,587 (78% )
- No 3,748 (22%)
- Yes 8,087 (78% )
- No 2,319 (22%)
- Yes 24,641 (99%)
- No 284 (1%)
- Yes 21,247 (99%)
- No 250 (1%)
- Yes 67,562 (91%)
- No 6,601 (9%)
Total votes turn-out: 74,163 (42%)
That is 91% YES and 9% NO of the total turnout. We only need a few more thousands of yes votes in order to have the CENECO JVA finally happen.
If you haven’t yet, please go out and vote. Say YES to JVA. Say YES to reliable power, better service, and lower electric rates in Bacolod City and Central Negros. Let us not hesitate because the new company will just benefit us.