Aklan electric coop strives to thrive amid pandemic

PHOTO CAPTION: AKELCO vows to innovate to better serve its member-consumers during the coronavirus pandemic./iNEWS (Photo credit: AKELCO)

KALIBO, Aklan–The sole electric cooperative serving the province of Aklan and the northern towns of Antique vows to find new ways to serve customers during the pandemic.

AKELCO board president Wayne Malilay said the pandemic will not hamper the electric cooperative in performing its mandate of rural electrification.

“Today, we are living in a difficult times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. No one was spared and it has affected our daily lives. The franchise area will continue to thrive and rise after every new set of challenges. We can make it,” he stressed during the virtual 38th Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) on September 25, 2021.

AGMA was attended by 28,600 member-consumers with the theme “Arise as One: Championing National Development and Building Sustainable Communities through Rural Electrification”.

“The role of ECs is vital in the socio-economic and environmental viability of the nation. The AGMA is an avenue for general assembly to make decisions and policies for the betterment of the cooperative,” Malilay added.

AKELCO was conferred by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (PHILRECA) a five-year Powerhouse Excellence award for consistent exemplary performance as a Triple-A Category EC.

“It only shows the passion and dedication of the men and women of AKELCO translated into work. No matter how difficult it seems, our oneness can get us through this pandemic,” Malilay said.

AKELCO, he added, will continue to deliver power to the farthest un-energized sitios within the coverage area.

The EC also reshaped its business processes with innovations in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to proactively respond to the demands of member-consumer owners and governing agencies.

AKELCO has upgraded its monthly meter reading with the Read and Bill technology system for faster billing of consumed electric power, while boom trucks and linemen utility vehicles were procured for rapid and efficient service.

It also improved its 10MVA Nabas substation and 10MVA Caticlan substation for the member-consumers of Ibajay, Malay, Buruanga, and Nabas, portions of Tangalan and Nabas, a portion of Boracay Island, and the towns of Pandan and Libertad in Antique. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)

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