Monday, November 13, 2017
ILOILO City – The Guimaras Electric Cooperative (Guimelco) is poised to rehabilitate its decades-old power lines.
It will be securing a P100-million loan for the rehabilitation that, among others, aims to address frequent power failures in the island province, according to Gov. Samuel Gumarin.
Guimelco serves 98 barangays in five municipalities of Guimaras – Jordan, Buenavista, Nueva Valencia, San Lorenzo, and Sibunag.
Aside from geckos and heavy vegetation, Guimelco blamed the fragility of its power lines for the frequent brownouts in the island province.
Gumarin said barangays will be helping the electric cooperative in clearing operations targeting heavy vegetation weighing down power lines.
Guimelco is the sole electric power distribution utility in Guimaras.
The rehabilitation will start January next year. Gumarin said it should have been completed before the staging of the province’s Manggahan Festival.
The governor said Guimelco is also poised to boost its power supply, citing rising demands due to new businesses in the province.
As a distribution utility with rural electrification as its main thrust, Guimelco’s website described the electric cooperative as a “non-profit, non- stock, non-political and service-oriented organization and owned by the people it serves.”
Guimelco became operational on April 1983 and from then on provided electric service to its member consumers.
On June 20, 1984, a Certificate of Franchise to operate for a period of 50 years was issued to it by Congress./PN