The Philippine Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. (PHILRECA) held its 36th Annual General Membership Convention on August 6-7, 2015 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Manila. PHILRECA President Jose Raul A. Saniel opened the convention and welcomed the delegates, which encompasses the theme, “Keeping Pace with Industry Standards and Best Practices towards Service Excellence.”

Around 900 delegates composed of Board Presidents, Directors, General Managers/OICs, and Managers coming from various electric cooperatives all over the country attended the 2-day event, which highlighted plans and programs, industry trends, policy/regulatory issues and concerns, legislative agenda, and importance of strong cooperation in furthering the PHILRECA’s programs and objectives.

A number of dignitaries were invited to grace the event and among those who addressed the convention include Senate President Franklin M. Drilon as Keynote Speaker, and former Department of energy (DOE) Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla and former Presidential Adviser on Rural Electrification Fr. Francisco G. Silvadelivered inspirational messages to the delegates.

Plenary speakers were Officer-In-Charge Secretary Zenaida Y. Monsada of DOE, who talked about the “Philippine Energy Outlook and Plans and Programs of the Power Sector,” Energy Regulatory Commission Chief of Standards and Compliance Monitoring Division Engr. Legario L. Galang discussed about “Regulatory Policies and Issues/Concerns Affecting Electric Cooperatives,” and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Sr. Consultant Paul J. Clark talked about “Relevance of Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) to Electric Cooperatives and Status of Demonstration Projects.” The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines also presented the company’s transmission development plans and programs.

PHILRECA is a non-stock, non-profit national organization, which is comprised of 121 electric cooperatives in the country.Together, its membership provided electricity service for more than 10.9 million consumer connections all throughout the Philippines.

Public advocacy is one of the main roles of the association. It champions and takes action on the concerns of its member-electric cooperatives with government instrumentalities like legislative bodies, judiciary, policy and regulatory agencies, and private sector entities as well on various issues covering government policies and regulations, power industry, service efficiency, environment, technology and innovations, among others.

The Association is also in the forefront of promoting the goals of the rural electrification program and supporting the growth and viability of electric cooperatives through education and training programs, communication resources and services, disaster/emergency assistance in times of calamities, and review and monitoring of policies and regulations.


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