Tarelco II was incorporated in May 1981 through the efforts of the five District Election Committees of the municipalities of Capas, Bamban, Concepcion and La Paz, all in the province of Tarlac and Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija. The Articles of Incorporation were formalized on June 6, 1981 and adopted on June 09, 1981 and was later registered with the National Electrification Administration. On June 22, 1981, the Interim Board of Directors with the assistance of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) finalized the negotiation with the Compania Luz Electrica, Inc. for the acquisition of the latter’s physical assets amounting to P7.6 M and later became part of the P33.6 M initial Construction Loan granted by the NEA.
The five coverage municipalities were partly energized by Compania Luz with 10,626 consumers, 54 barangays lighted and 66 employees taken over by the cooperative.
From an initial 9,407 members and 10,626 consumers taken over from Compania Luz Electrica, Inc. in 1982, it has grown to 90,596 and 81,273 respectively as of December 31, 2012. Registered growth in 2012 is 3.9% for membership and 2.1% for consumership.
However, a thorough sanitation of membership listing was done that commenced in the last quarter of 2013. In so doing, the inactive members, i.e., those whose electric meters were pulled out and/or disconnected for so many years and did not apply for reconnection were deleted from the list. Further, many consumers had applied for change of billing name; hence, the former account holders should no longer remain active members. Finally, as of December 2013, membership was trimmed down to 84, 267 while consumership reached 83,171 respectively.
The cooperative has already energized 123 barangays including Villa Bacolor, Tarlac City, and Barangay Calumpang of Mabalacat, Pampanga, which are already outside its coverage area and Barangay Valeriana in Zaragoza previously energized and turned over by NEECO I.
Three large resettlement sites of Mt. Pinatubo eruption victims were also energized by the coop, the O’Donnell Resettlement Site in Capas, which was already converted into a full-pledged barangay named Barangay Cristo Rey; Dapdap, and Mainang Resettlement Sites in Bamban.
From the original 205.039 kilometers of lines energized taken over by Tarelco II, it has now reached 1,426.642 kilometers in 2013 with a density of 58 consumers for every kilometer of line.
The coop also employs 175 regular employees registering an employee-consumer ratio of 1:475 (1 employee for every 475 consumers). Said ratio is far above that the NEA suggested 1:350 ratio.
Tarelco II’s first General Manager was Mr. Braulio A. Gueco (1982-1988) and was succeeded by NEA appointees Engr. Virgilio Velarde (1988-1990), Engr. Antonio D. Cortes (1990-1993) and Mr. Danilo Cruz (1993-1995). When NEA effected the regularization of General Managers (GM) in 1995, Engr. Romeo C. Macalino was designated Acting General Manager and was later assigned as permanent GM in 1996 up to 2001. Mr. Jose D. Tapnio, former Assistant General Manager, was designated General Manager in January 2003 up to February 2006 when he opted to retire early.
Ms. Amelia S. Tioaquen, Internal Audit Department Manager, was later appointed Officer-in-Charge on March 1, 2006 up to August 15, 2008. Although OIC Tioaquen was qualified to be a permanent GM, she opted not to take the post. Hence, she relinquished the post to Engr. Jose F. Bognot, Jr., former Area Manager of Capas-Bamban Districts as Officer-in-Charge from August 15, 2009 and was appointed regular General Manager on July 1, 2011. He can be contacted at the Main Office, San Nicolas, Concepcion, Tarlac at telephone number (045) 9230-460.
The coop was registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) on March 10, 1993 in compliance with epublic Act 6938, otherwise known as the Cooperative Code of the Philippines. Nonetheless, to date it has opted to remain under the umbrella of the National Electrification Administration.
Tarelco II has received numerous awards since its inception in 1982. It has been accorded “Most Outstanding Electric Cooperative in Region III” from 1983 to 1985 and “Most Outstanding Electric Cooperative in Northern Luzon” in 1986. The coop suffered its first drawbacks in 1987 up to 1995 where it plummeted from a Category A Coop to Category C, D, E and finally D in 1995, where it became part of NEA Relending Program for distressed cooperatives. It was in 1996 when the cooperative have been able to recover from its quagmire and attain a sensational improvement in its operation. The coop even received the “Most Improved Coop Award” from NEA for being a category A coop from category D, a record which has been held by the coop up to 2001. From 1997 to 2000, it was also elevated to a Category A Plus cooperative and is now considered as one of the top ten performing and viable coops in the country.
In 2001, it has been awarded a consistent category A + coop and low system’s loss award. For the year 2002 and 2003, it has been the recipient of the Emmanuel Pelaez Award for Most Outstanding Electric Cooperative as well as Most Outstanding GM for Mr. Jose D. Tapnio. It is also a recipient of several awards for 2004, including the Outstanding Cooperative and General Manager; and Consistent Category A Plus Cooperative Award. In 2005 and 2006, it was awarded EC of the Year for Extra Large Cooperatives and again for 2007, the coop was awarded Best Electric Cooperative Award and Rated A Plus by the NEA for its 2007 Performance. It was also honored as a Consistent A Plus Category for Ten Years and awarded in Excellent Rating. For the year 2008, it has again proven that it is considered as one of the most viable electric cooperative in the country by again receiving the Emmanuel A. Pelaez Award for EC of the Year.
In 2009, the coop was again the recipient of the Emmanuel N. Pelaez Award for the Best Electric Cooperative (EC) of the year and awards for the System Loss Performance Award for Single Digit System Loss and award for belonging to the Region with All EC’s registering Improvement in System Loss.
In 2010, the coop once again reaped various awards including the prestigious Hall of Fame for the Emmanuel Pelaez Award which is awarded to an for sustaining its track record of sterling performance in all aspects of operations and having received this award for three consecutive years (2008-2010). It was also a recipient of the Emmanuel Pelaez Award for Best Electric Cooperative of the Year, for 2010, Single Digit System Loss (Main Grid) and Special Citations for Top Ten ECs with Best Financial Performance and earned excellent rating in Scorecard for Corporate Governance.
For the year 2011, the Coop harvested bountiful fruits when NEA-EC Lumens awarded the Grand Hall of Fame for Emmanuel N. Pelaez Award. Simultaneously, Best Electric Cooperative of the Year was bestowed upon the Coop. Additionally, Best in System Loss Performance Award-Single Digit System Loss (Main Grid); Special Citation for Top Ten (10) ECs with Best Financial Performance for the Year 2011; Special Award for ECs that Contributed to the Attainment of 1,520 Sitio Energization, a program to energize the entire archipelago as dreamed by His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III.
Last year, 2012, Tarelco II jumped up from being an Extra-Large Cooperative to Mega-Large, meaning, there was significant increase in the number of household connections and at the same time, the coming in of agro-industrial business industries within the coverage area has contributed to the increase of the load of the Coop. It has made a big difference to other Coops considering that Tarelco II serves only five Municipalities, one of the smallest in terms of covered land area.
Lately, with the employment of NEA’s new Key Performance Standards (KPS), Tarelco II’s status is elevated from A Plus (A+) Category to Triple A (AAA), garnering a total of 100% in all aspects of operation-from Financial, Institutional, Technical and Reportorial Requirements-designed by NEA.
Unfortunately, NEA-EC Lumens Awarding Ceremony for Performance Year 2012 was deferred. However, with the present performance of the Coop, the Board and Management Staff positively hope that major awards be accorded again by NEA to the Coop.