NEPC invites Ceneco workers to apply for rehiring

By Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Negros Electric and Power Corporation (Negros Power) is extending an invitation to Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) employees to submit applications if they wish to continue their careers within the electric distribution utility.

This announcement aligns with the legislative progression of House Bill 9805, soon to be deliberated in the Senate, which sanctions Negros Power a franchise to manage electricity distribution in Central Negros.

The bill’s passage is expected to establish a joint venture between Ceneco and Primelectric Holdings, Negros Power’s parent company.

As part of the joint venture agreement, Ceneco staff will be given preferential treatment for employment within Negros Power, provided they actively apply to indicate their interest.

Negros Power President Roel Castro emphasized that there is no automatic rehiring policy, noting that some staff may opt for retirement or explore new ventures after receiving separation benefits from Ceneco.

“Therefore, those eager to stay on board must formally apply to be considered,” he said.

“Sana they will consider na magtrabaho pa sa bagong distribution utility company, sayang ang skills and familiarity nila. I encourage them na mag-apply sa Negros Power para ma-consider sila sa hiring,” Castro urged.

To date, over 200 Ceneco employees have already applied to Negros Power and are currently undergoing the evaluation process, Castro added.

Highlighting the need for a well-prepared workforce to ensure a seamless transition, Castro has directed their Human Resource Department Manager to expedite the hiring procedures.

Primelectric Holdings is set to acquire Ceneco’s distribution assets, with payment structured as 70% cash and 30% equity, Castro also mentioned.

Furthermore, Castro outlined that Ceneco plans to utilize these funds to clear debts, refund consumer bill deposits, and meet the severance terms stipulated in their collective bargaining agreement with the employees.

Castro said Negros Power is ready to begin operations in Bacolod, Bago, Silay, Talisay, and the municipalities of Murcia and Don Salvador Benedicto, contingent on the enactment of the franchise law and the acquisition of the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Energy Regulatory Commission.