To be a top performing and financially viable cooperative in the Philippines by 2025.
To provide reasonable electricity rates and deliver the best possible service towards Member-Consumers’ satisfaction.
THE BIRTH OF PELCO II…
In the latter months of the year 1972, the Eastern Pampanga Electric Cooperative, Inc. (EPECO) was established to comply with the mandated Rural Electrification Program of the National Electrification Administration (NEA). The cooperative’s formal operations started in the month of April, year 1973. From six towns in the eastern part of Pampanga, its coverage area extended into 17 municipalities. Thus, the name was changed into Pampanga Electric Cooperative, Inc.
But as years of operations passed by, consumers were not very much satisfied of the services offered by the Cooperative. It experienced frequent technical failures and unrelenting consumer complaints which were endorsed to NEA for further evaluation, thorough study, and proposals of countermeasures.
Therefore, during PELCO’s Annual General Membership Assembly in April 8, 1979, the members approved the splitting of the Cooperative into two (2): PELCO I, comprising the municipalities of Arayat, Candaba, San Luis, San Simon, Mexico, Magalang, Sto. Tomas, Minalin, Apalit, Macabebe, and Masantol; and PELCO II, the municipalities of Bacolor, Guagua, Sexmoan (now Sasmuan), Sta. Rita, Porac, and Mabalacat City.
PELCO II was then incorporated in April 23, 1979 and began its formal operations in May 26 of the same year, at its main office in Sta. Filomena, Guagua, Pampanga. From an area coverage of six (6) districts with a total of 28, 696 member-consumers, it took over Guagua Rural Electric Service (GRES) in July 1980 and the Lubao Municipal Electric System (LMES) in November 1981, resulting to an increase of its area coverage into seven (7) municipalities.
PELCO II – OVERCOMING ALL ODDS…
PELCO II is serving seven (7) municipalities namely Mabalacat (City), Guagua, Lubao, Porac, Sta. Rita, Sasmuan, and Bacolor and has also acquired services to the resettlement areas in Sta. Lucia, Magalang; Model Community, Porac; Palmayo, Floridablanca; and Mawacat, Floridablanca, which were designed and funded by the national government as relocation of the victims of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in the 1990’s.
Come the early years of the new millennium, PELCO II was regrettably categorized by NEA as an ailing Cooperative. This meant that the Coop was not in good condition and had financial distress caused by its undeniable high system loss, poor collection efficiency, and other inherited problems in the span of 20 years. Several General Managers, CEO’s, experts, and even NEA’s appointed Project Supervisors and Deputy Administrator attempted to manage the Coop in order to lessen its liabilities and insufficiencies, but all efforts were not successful enough to revive the Coop from its downfall. Everyone was almost at the verge of giving up and surrendering but for the sake of the member-consumers, that was not and never will be an option.
However, with the provision of R.A. 10531, it provided options for the ailing cooperatives, which included PELCO II. Regardless of the criticisms and all of the negative remarks to PELCO II, it continued its study on all alternative plans and performed thorough research on the options given, particularly the Investment Management Contract (IMC). After much deliberation, the Coop proceeded with the steps and underwent due process. In the end, it was established that Comstech Integration Alliance, Inc., with Meralco as its technical partner, complied with all the requirements and was duly approved as the qualified bidder.
On February 14, 2014 during the Annual General Membership Assembly, the IMC was thoroughly discussed and approved by the member-consumers present. All needed papers were drafted, signed, legalized, and submitted to concerned offices and on August 11, 2014, PELCO II has officially sealed its partnership with Comstech-Meralco.
PELCO II TODAY…
Today, PELCO II, with its partner Comstech-Meralco, has continuously been striving hard towards the Cooperative’s progress. Likewise, areas inside the Coop’s coverage have been booming with residential, commercial, and industrial establishments. Both new and huge investors became more eager to put up businesses and invest on developments at PELCO II’s coverage areas.
As an answer to increasing demand, PELCO II has also enhanced its facilities. To date, it has six (6) substations with twelve (12) Area Offices ensuring easier access and better customer service. It has also sworn on continuous rehabilitation and maintenance of its equipment. The processes are also being revisited, studied, and revised every now and then, to ensure that each has a purpose that benefits the member-consumers and that they cope with the fast paced technological advancement. PELCO II also spearheads consumer affairs which aim to empower its members that will result to empowerment, thus opening endless opportunities for growth.
As it rises from its setback, PELCO II always remembers its social responsibilities. It has constantly participated in social events and gatherings, may it be charitable, environmental, or assistance to fellow Cooperatives that are in need of support. It is committed in providing electric service to the remotest areas in its coverage. Furthermore, PELCO II persistently seeks ideas, promos and activities in order to recompense its members’ continuous patronage.
With the relentless advancement of the electric power industry comes several reforms on certain laws. PELCO II has always made it a point to comply with all requirements, to observe the rules, and to follow directions brought about by amendments in electric reform. It remains to have harmonious relationships with its industry partners and with government agencies.
It is truly undeniable that after all the struggles the Coop has been through, it remains to be resilient, believing that the key to a brighter future is the strong partnership with its member-consumers. PELCO II, as a cooperative, will always be one with its member-consumers in achieving its goals, targeting collective development, aiming for excellence at all times.