The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has called on the officials of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the leaders of electric cooperatives (ECs) to engage in a dialogue.

NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong made the appeal after the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (Philreca) declared Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi as “persona non-grata” and called for his immediate resignation.

The group of electric cooperatives accused Cusi of being incompetent and ignorant of the law.

According to Masongsong, DOE and Philreca should find bases of unity and work together to reconcile their respective policy positions on the issues that are relevant to an industry that affects the lives of 104 million Filipinos.

“The energy sector plays a crucial role in a rapidly developing country with a growing population, workforce and economy,” the NEA chief explained.

“The energy sector plays a crucial role in a rapidly developing country.”

“Differences of opinion are part and parcel of any vibrant and dynamic democracy,” the NEA head stressed.

“Differences of opinion are part of democracy.”

“But the developed democracies in the world have shown us that the path to prosperity lies in the ability of a nation’s leaders to sit down and work for the collective welfare of people they have sworn to serve,” he pointed out.

“It is my hope that the DOE and our ECs can do the same,” Masongsong concluded.

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