BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
For the first time in its history, a priest won as member of the Board of Directors during the District elections of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative Saturday.
Fr. Ernie Larida was unopposed as Director of District IV, Roel Venus, the over-all chairperson of the CENECO District Election, said.
Larida will represent member-consumers from Barangays Villamonte, Montevista, Alangilan, Granada, Estefania, Vista Alegre, Mansilingan and Sitio Abkasa in Mandalagan.
Larida, the former Director of the Social Action Center of the Bacolod Diocese and Rector of Queen of Peace Church, will replace the post occupied by former Ceneco president Roy Cordova.
In District V, Antonio Paniqui won as Director with a total of 1,307 votes over his rival Rodolfo Song, who received only 72 votes.
Paniqui will represent Barangays 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and Singcang-Airport.
Song, in his Facebook post, expressed dismay claiming that “some politicians were meddling with the electric cooperative’s election”, adding that there was no social distancing at the poll venue in JR Torres Elementary School but Venus said they will answer these accordingly.
Meanwhile, the District Elections at CENECO District VIII were cancelled as the Talisay City government did not allow the activity, Venus said.
He said incumbent Director Noel Alarcon is running unopposed in the District which also covers Silay City.
Venus also said that the current members of the Board of Directors will call for a meeting soon and will invite the newly-elected CENECO officers to join.*