BENECO OIC General Manager Melchor Licoben, in a PIA – led Kapihan media forum Thursday, reported that with the closure of many businesses due to the implementation of community quarantine, the electric cooperative’s revenue is down by 19 percent or with a foregone revenue of around P126 million in the past four months.
Despite the loss in revenue with proper management of programs, BENECO stayed afloat and hopefully businesses will soon be back to normal, Licoben said.
In coping with the COVID situation, Licoben reported that health and safety protocols are already in place for the payment process for their member consumers, from the main office along South Drive to their other collection outlets, meter readers and collection agents are also implementing a no – contact rule while linemen are home based and on - call for repair and maintenance works.
BENECO also set – up a drive thru payment scheme at their office along Sounth Drive, he added.
Amid the COVID pandemic, Licoben also assured that BENECO continues with its Sitio Electrification Program. To date, 353 sitios in Baguio – Benguet area are already energized under the government’s SEP Subsidy.
He also assured that BENECO is continuously working in ensuring that cheap or affordable, reliable and stable supply of electricity is readily available for their member-consumers.
BENECO’s electricity is already in a very competitive price though with the electric cooperative’s goal to further bring down the cost of electricity, BENECO is also working on power generation projects especially on renewable energy, Licoben said. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar