Buseco director-elect David vows to be “pro-consumer”

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/08 March) Asked about his focus as the newly-elected board of director of the Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative for Malaybalay, Eligio “Jun” David vowed that he will take a pro-consumer stance amid the power-struggle inside the electric cooperative.

David told Bukidnon News recently he will initiate measures to protect the electric consumers as he has done before.

Leonard Leyros, Buseco spokesperson, said David who got 2,269 votes won over Brgy. 7 chair Alexander Maputi who got 1,471 votes. Buseco has at least 25,000 members in Malaybalay. A director serves a term of three years with a chance for reelection.David said he will work on cutting the recent connection fee of P500, which embroiled Buseco in a legal tussle with the Energy Regulatory Commission. The new director said he will support the move to block big companies from buying Agus and Pulangi power sources.

David cited that the power firm can benefit from BECO, a foundation formed by Buseco and Fibeco (First Electric Cooperative) to take care of the two firms’ programs on scholarships, chapels, street lights and others.

But David said he still needs to study on his position on the proposed conversion of the electric cooperative into cooperative under the Cooperative Development Authority, adding he will be “pro consumer.”

David joins Buseco, with three board members, including his predecessor Jonally Santoninio in a legal tussle with general manager Edgardo Masongsong over the reconnection charge case with ERC and other issues.

Leyros has maintained that David was elected in a regular election but Santoninio said it was allegedly in violation of the Buseco by laws and the election code of the electric cooperative.

One of the rules states that the elections should be held 30 to 60 days before the Annual General Membership Assembly, which is held regularly on July 30.

Santoninio added, that synchronized elections should be held in Malaybalay,Sumilao, and Impasug-ong districts. On rumors that David was Buseco management’s favored candidate, Leyros denied this and said David was the people’s choice.

Earlier, Buseco attempted to install David as the director for Malaybalay when Santoninio’s seat was questioned. But the move was also questioned, so it was not pushed through. (Sean Sulugan with reports from Walter Balane/Bukidnon News)

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