TACLOBAN CITY- The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has confirmed the appointment of Engineer Fernan Paul Tan as a full-pledged general manager of the Leyte II Electric Cooperative (Leyeco II).
NEA officially named Tan to the position on July 5 but he only received his appointment papers last July 25.
Tan said that he was humbled and grateful at the same time for NEA’s decision making him now a full-pledged general manager, about two years since he was named as Leyeco II’s officer-in-charge.
“I was surprised that our staff meeting was cut and it was announced that my confirmation was out. I am elated and at the same time preparing for the big task ahead of me,”Tan said.
But the Leyeco II general manager, whose been working at the said power cooperative for more than two decades starting as a clerk, said that while NEA confirmed him to the position, he was given a one-year probation period for them to review his performance.
“The process of confirmation is not easy. It is tedious and meticulous. When you are a general manager, you should have the passion and dedication for the position because during emergencies, we become the frontliners and this is our unique role in the service of our consumers,” Tan said.
Asked what would be his priorities as Leyeco II general manager, Tan said that he would work hard to ensure that the power rate within the coverage areas of the power cooperative will go down.
This way, not only its power-consumers would benefit a lower power rate but help attract more investors that could provide employment in the process.
Leyeco II provides electricity to the towns of Palo and Babatngon and Tacloban City with more than 60,000 consumers.
Tan also said that he would like to maintain Leyeco II’s close relationship and further strengthen its cooperation with all power cooperatives in the region.
“One thing I can boast with Leyeco II in my incumbency is its ability to have a good relationship with other electric cooperatives in the region (and) its willingness to help other cooperatives despite being hit by super typhoon(Yolanda) four years ago, in terms of service, knowledge, technology, and man power and good practices,” he said.
Tan also said that for him to accomplish what he intends to do as general manager of Leyeco II, he needs the full support and cooperation not only from the consumers but more so from its employees.