INEC Conducts Info Tour at Robinsons for NEAM 2014

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The cooperative conducted an Information Tour Program on August 17, 2014 at Robinsons Ilocos in celebration of the National Electrification Awareness Month (NEAM) in partnership with Robinsons Ilocos.

The program was started earlier this year to re-introduce INEC to its member-consumers by visiting the various districts to discuss diverse topics from INEC’s history, its purpose, its charges and where it purchases power to energy saving and electricity safety tips.

Aiming to instill consciousness among the public on rural electrification as purported by the celebration of NEAM, INEC brought the Info Tour Program from the confines of the barangay hall to the generally packed mall.

The Department of Energy Luzon Field Office also supported the event by sending Director III Efren L. Balaoing and Engr. Zorraida Custorio to discuss some pressing issues that the energy industry presently faces and energy saving tips.

Director Balaoing presented where we are now as a country when it comes to energy consumption. According to the statistics he showed, oil products mainly represent the majority of the country’s consumption at 48.6% while electricity is at 21.0% in 2011.

He further discussed the Energy Reform Agenda (ERA) in which it is the government’s key priority to “mainstream access of the greater majority to reliable energy services and fuel, most importantly, local productivity and countryside development.” Energizing all sitios in the country is part of this agenda and INEC is proud to have been a part of making it possible with the energization of Sitio Bucarot in Adams, thereby achieving 100% Sitio Electrification in the province.

During the open forum, members of the audience asked the director what the plans of DOE to address what they predicted to be a power shortage in 2015. Balaoing reiterated that part of the actions of the department is to encourage investors to invest in renewable energy-based power generation facilities. He further said that the construction and operation of such may not directly benefit the area where these are constructed but will definitely increase the country’s power generation capabilities.

 

INEC also put up four consumer welfare desks at the activity area to provide a convenient channel for member-consumers to raise their concerns and suggestions to the cooperative.