DUMAGUETE CITY – The Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative II (NORECO II) has cancelled its annual general membership assembly and district elections for this year upon recommendation of the office of Governor Roel Degamo and the provincial Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
NORECO II general manager Fe Marie Dicen-Tagle made the announcement Tuesday through the cooperative’s information officer Sharon Araula.
The cancellation of the activities, usually held in the summer, is “to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) and to ensure the safety and health of our member-consumer-owners”, the announcement said.
NORECO II’s area of coverage includes the towns and cities of Pamplona, Tanjay, Amlan, San Jose, Sibulan, Dumaguete, Valencia, Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita, Siaton, Sta. Catalina, Bayawan, and Basay.
Last year, it also cancelled the same activities at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic amid the strict quarantine restrictions.
Meanwhile, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) announced power interruptions in many areas covered by NORECO II on Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11.
On Saturday, the scheduled power interruption from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. will affect the areas of Sta. Catalina, Bayawan City, Basay, Barangays Calicanan and Fatima in Pamplona, and Barangay Sto. Niño in Tanjay City as NGCP will de-energize its Mabinay-Bayawan 69KV transmission line to continue the replacement of the remaining wood poles with steel poles.
On Sunday, Barangay Calo in San Jose and the entire areas of Dumaguete City, Sibulan, Valencia, Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita, and Siaton will be affected will by the power outage from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. as NGCP and NORECO II will conduct maintenance activities. (PNA)