NEA administrator defends wage hike

State-run National Electrification Administration administrator Edgardo Masongsong denied abusing his authority when he issued memoranda increasing the salaries and retirement benefits of general managers of electric cooperatives.

Masongsong said the issuances were all aboveboard and that the accusations were part of a “malicious scheme” aimed at destroying his reputation. 

Masongsong issued two memorandum circulars―NEA Memorandum No. 2018-003 dated Jan. 17, 2018 and NEA Memorandum No. 2019-008 dated Jan. 24, 2019―that improved the wages and benefits of general managers of electric cooperatives all over the country.

The NEA chief said the issuances were issued and implemented upon approval by the NEA board of administrators through resolutions issued during regular board meetings and were published in the UP Law Center, Office of the National Administrative Register.

The National Association of Electricity Consumers for Reforms Inc. earlier sent a letter to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi to seek the removal of Masongsong from NEA for the alleged abuse of power based on the issuance of the two memoranda.

Masongsong said that the allegation that he had abused his authority “is nothing more than a malicious scheme designed to portray me in a bad light.”

Topics: National Electrification Administration , NEA , wage hike
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