Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Francisco ‘Kiko’ Benitez lauded More Electric and Power Corporation (MORE Power) state-of-the-art facilities and impressive customer services after visiting the facilities recently.
MORE Power President and CEO Roel Z. Castro welcomed Benitez in Iloilo City and toured him around the substations, control center, and customer service office of the distribution utility. Mayor Javi Benitez of Victorias, Negros Occidental and Iloilo 2nd District Congressman Mike Gorriceta joined the tour.
Benitez praised the efficiency and reliability of MORE Power when it comes to power distribution and customer service.
“MORE Power seems to have an approach for customer service and general systems efficiency that can only redound to better customer service and lower rates,” Benitez said in a media interview after the tour.
“Makita man namon nga through sa ika nga sistema diri, mapapanaug man nila siguro bisan paano ang amon kuryente sa Negros,” he added.
Benitez is one of the authors of House Bill 9130 which seeks to give franchise to Negros Electric and Power Corporation (Negros Power), the sister company of MORE Power, also headed by Castro.
Co-authored by Negrense Representatives Joseph Stephen Paduano of Abang Lingkod Partylist, Cong. Juliet Marie De Leon Ferrer of 4th District of Negros, and Benitez, the bill seeks to grant the Negros Power a franchise that could transform electricity distribution in the cities of Bacolod, Silay, Talisay, and Bago, as well as in the Municipalities of Murcia and Don Salvador Benedicto which are being served by Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO).
Negros Power recently won the referendum for a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with CENECO.
Benitez is confident that he will be able to strongly defend the franchise bill in Congress after seeing firsthand the improvements and modernization of MORE Power in Iloilo City.
“I’m pretty certain that it will be approved in the first quarter of 2024. Most of my questions have been answered,” Benitez said.