Issue of September 2, 2018
     
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Beneco’s Internet service well-discussed with member-consumers
MARTIN B. MANODON, Sagada, Mountain Province

This is a reaction to the letter pertaining to Benguet Electric Cooperative’s plan to engage in providing Internet connection published in the Aug. 26, 2018 issue of the Courier. The letter-sender was suggesting that Beneco should present the plan before the member-consumers for their approval.

In fairness to Beneco, the plan was extensively presented during general assemblies held in Tublay, Bokod and Baguio City. The three assemblies were well-attended by the member-consumers.

During the presentation of Beneco’s Non-network Services Dept. chief Delfin Cachin, there were no interpellations or even opposition to the plan. As explained, it is both viable and feasible undertaking. Its feasibility is in response to the ever-increasing needs for a stable Internet connection; and its viability are the fiber optics and infrastructure that Beneco has already laid out in various parts of Benguet.

We are thankful that Beneco is proactively considering expanding into Internet business, as it is a way to stabilize connectivity and making it affordable even in the rural areas reached by the lines of the utility firm. Likewise, the hard infrastructure it built for the electric distribution service (not business) is our edge over other provinces. We have the shortest black out during typhoons because of the strong and stable lines. In other provinces, consumers can experience days and even weeks of black out.

For as long as Beneco remains as a non-stock electric cooperative, it remains to be a service type, not a business type of entity. The businesses it plans to undertake like that of the Internet business and electric power production through hydropower plant owned and operated by the cooperative would always remain unstable in the playing field of the said industries. The players in these industries would always come out as the right party of interest to petition their business expansion because the contract that Beneco has registered with the government through Presidential Decree 269, as amended, does not provide the intent to engage into other allied businesses because it is non-stock.

As non-stock entity, it remains to be a service entity and not a business as it has no capital structure to define the scheme of share capital as equity and distribution of income (for corporation) or surplus (for stock cooperatives under the Cooperative Development Authority).

If Beneco registers with CDA, it will have a contract with the government as spelled out in an “articles of cooperation.”

The articles of cooperation obliges the state to protect whatever Beneco businesses are registered therein. In the articles of cooperation, it also provides the financial structure and process of a business entity through a share-capitalized cooperative.

The articles of cooperation will also bind the members not as consumers but as member-owners. As member-owners, they are governed by the provisions of the registered by-laws and constitution as a contract between member-owners and Beneco.

Beneco recently signified its intent to register with the CDA and yours truly is a member of the technical working group that drafted the articles of cooperation and its by-laws and constitution.

These documents, once registered, will provide all the opportunities for the members who will soon be called “member-owners.” The documents, once registered, will also provide all the opportunities to undertake any allied service/business that serves the member-owners. As a whole, Beneco’s registration will be a great contribution to economic and social development of its member-owners and as a model in the industry.

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