The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has created a task force that will ensure the adequate and reliable power supply in areas covered by electric cooperatives (ECs) before, during and after the May 13, 2019 National and Local Elections.

NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong recently issued Office Order No. 2019-033, establishing the “NEA Power Task Force Election 2019.”

This is in compliance to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution No.10471 deputizing, among others, the NEA in connection with the conduct of the May 13 National and Local Elections.

“The NEA, as Comelec’s partner agency, will ensure that the conduct of the polls and post-election activities are smooth, unhampered and secure.”

As provided for in the resolution, the NEA is commissioned to “provide and maintain stable and continuous nationwide electric power requirements from the start of voting, until the termination or conclusion of the canvassing of votes and the proclamation of the winning candidates.”

In a statement, Masongsong emphasized the critical value of electricity service in the conduct of elections.

“The upcoming elections will utilize power-dependent technologies and requires reliable delivery of electricity service. The NEA, as Comelec’s partner agency, will ensure that the conduct of the polls and post-election activities are smooth, unhampered and secure,” the NEA chief said.

The NEA Power Task Force Election 2019 is composed of the Engineering Department, Disaster Risk Reduction Management Department (DRRMD), Corporate Communications and Social Marketing Office (CCSMO), Information Technology and Communication Services Department (ITCSD), and Human Resources and Administration Department (HRAD).

It will be overseen by Deputy Administrator for Technical Services Engr. Artis Nikki Tortola. Meanwhile, Engineering Department manager Engr. Ferdinand Villareal and DRRM acting department manager Engr. Federico Villar, Jr. are assigned as the overall team leader and assistant overall team leader, respectively.

The task force shall render 24-hour operation to help ensure that the electric cooperatives will provide adequate and reliable electric power in their respective coverage areas.

The task force shall render 24-hour operation to help ensure that the electric cooperatives will provide adequate and reliable electric power in their respective coverage areas before, during, and immediately after the May 13 National and Local Elections.

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