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             The Batangas II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BATELEC II) is one of the two (2) Electric Cooperatives that distribute electricity to Batangas province with its principal office at Antipolo del Norte, LipaCity. It was organized and was duly registered with the National Electrification Administration (NEA) on August 12,1977.

          It had an initial capital of P28 million obtained as loan from NEA for purposes of providing electric service to both urban and rural areas.  NEA subsequently granted BATELEC II a provisional franchise in the municipalities of San Juan, Taysan, Lobo, Rosario, Mabini/Tingloy, Bauan, San Pascual, Ibaan, Alitagtag, Cuenca, San Jose and Batangas City duly represented by its Incorporators, Mr. Conrado S. Quijano, Mr. Isidro P. Sulit Jr., Dr. Reynaldo S. Carandang, Mr. Sulficio F. Frago, Mr. Simeon C. Dolor, Mr. Antonio D. Cruzat, Mrs. Lourdes C. Bulanhagui, Atty. Emilio P. Piñero, Dra. Maxima R. Recto, Mrs. Wilma S. Cuevas, Atty. Simeon T. Agbing and Mr. Flaviano E. Villena, respectively.

          BATELEC II started its operations on April 24,1978 in the municipalities of Rosario, Cuenca, Alitagtag, San Jose and San Juan after the right to operate had been bought by the Cooperative from the private owners.  BATELEC II then begun on its activities towards the attainment of the thrust of Rural Electrification, that is the total electrification of its coverage area.  The task force construction supported by NEA personnel and assistance from different Electric Cooperatives paved the way to the electrification of Lobo on May 9,1978 which is marked to be the Coop's first energization.

          After two years of operation, finally, on May 28,1980, the National Electrification Administration granted BATELEC II a permanent franchise for a period of 50 years in the City of Batangas, and municipalities of Mabini, Bauan, San Pascual, Ibaan, Rosario, San Juan, Taysan, Lobo and Tingloy. Although BATELEC II has the right to operate on areas of Bauan, San Pascual, Ibaan and BatangasCity, these were energized by privately - owned - operated electric system. On the same year, because of the extensive area coverage, BATELEC III, another Electric Cooperative was organized to operate in the municipalities of Tanauan, Malvar, Balete, Laurel, Talisay, Mataas na Kahoy, Padre Garcia and LipaCity. However, the Coop since its organization and registration with NEA did not operate because it was placed under the administration and operational control of BATELEC II.  BATELEC III, had its own set of BOD but who were in-active until BATELEC III was merged to BATELEC II:

                      NAME                            NATIONALITY                            ADDRESS

1.         Mrs. Estelita C. Vergara            Filipino                                            Alitagtag, Batangas

2.         Atty. Simon T. Agbing               Filipino                                            San Jose, Batangas

3.         Maj. Eliseo L. Camaganan         Filipino                                            LipaCity, Batangas

4.         Atty. Carlos B. Estole                Filipino                                            Padre Garcia, Bats.

5.         Mr. Juanito Latayan                   Filipino                                            Balete, Batangas

6.         Mr. Rodelo L. Cosico               Filipino                                             Malvar, Batangas

7.         Col. Isidro C. Villa                     Filipino                                            Tanauan Batangas

8.         Mr. Ruben V. Calinisan Sr.         Filipino                                            Laurel, Batangas

             BATELEC III was officially merged with BATELEC II on 1989, thereby placing the entire coverage area of BATELEC III under BATELEC II.

           True to its commitment of providing electric service, far flung areas, mountainous terrain, lakes, rugged roads and the like have not caused discouragement to BATELEC II from carrying out the Rural Electrification Program.

          Tingloy, MaricabanIsland was energized in 1982 using gasifier for power generation, which made use of charcoal in its operation. In 1986, the gasifier was replaced by a gasoline engine since the past operations proved that the use of charcoal was not feasible.  After a couple of years, the gasoline engine was replaced by a diesel engine.

          A special project utilizing solar energy in producing electricity was piloted in Isla Verde. The Verde Island Solar Power Association was organized through the assistance of NEA, which operates the same manner as Barangay Power Association (BAPA) 

          To strengthen the member-consumers' individual involvement in the Cooperative's undertakings and to enhance the spirit of Cooperativism among member-consumers, the Barangay Power Association was launched.

          Over the past years of its operations embracing the Government's Rural Electrification Program, 100% of its municipalities and 100% of Barangays were energized.  The total house connections increased to 288,337 in which 42,241 are from BAPA (as of September 2016) as compared to 23,605 of 1980.  BATELEC II has also organized 658 Barangay Power Associations, however the BOD and Management are now on the intensive analysis of taking over some of the feasible BAPA considering that they are cognizant on the admirable sacrifices of BAPA officers in managing their associations.

          The coop's operation is not focused solely on technical improvement.  Its relationship with the member-consumers is likewise one of its primary concerns.  Various projects and programs were launched and supported by the Coop namely: Outreach Program for victims of calamities; Housewiring Loan Program to aid financially handicapped consumers who want to avail of electric service; Coops Electrification Program beneficiaries of which are the Bigain San Jose, Cuenca and Taysan School; Sponsored Vegetable Rising Project in schools within its coverage area and Rural Barangay Food Production Program (RBFPP) at Brgy. Dita Cuenca, Tulos Rosario, Brgy. San Guillermo and Brgy. DuhatanLipaCity; Waterworks projects at Brgy. Banaba, Padre Garcia and Brgy. Darasa, Tanauan in cooperation with the Rural Waterworks Devt. Committee (RNDC) and Dept. of Public Works and Highways; and Family Tree Farm Association in Tulos, Rosario, Bats. wherein member-consumers were given ipil-ipil seeds to be planted in a 914 hectare lot in the said Barangay.  Ipil-ipil trees yielded from this farm were made into charcoal and were used in the gasifier at Tingloy.

          BATELEC II has also Community Relation Program that identifies the variety of needs in our coverage area. DonLeonDolorMemorialElementary School at Antipolo del Norte, LipaCity savored the benefit of ComRel Program when they received the brand new computer set as donation to the students of the said school.  The coop also participated in sports activity when it joined the Mayors Cup Basketketball League at Taysan, Batangas having some ex-PBA and  NCAA player as a member of the team. ComRel Program also aims to disseminate necessary information to the consumer like “Anti-Pilferage Placard Posting” within the coverage area to increase the awareness of the consumers on the penalty to the violators.

         In December 1990, the Coop reached a higher plane by attaining Class A category.  Indeed it was the realization of the Coop's tireless effort and fulfillment of its ultimate dream. However, looming on the horizon then was a storm. 1991 and 1992 were the most challenging years for the Coop as it was marked with labor disputes and management upheavals.  This conflict led to operational trouble and the member-consumers loss of trust and confidence in the Cooperative, unpaid amortization to NEA, accumulated arrears to NAPOCOR of more than P53 M, uncollected powerbills of more than P98 M.  As a consequence, BATELEC II was given a Class D rating and even reached the point of being at the lowest Category E.  The Coop was then always threatened of being disconnected by  NAPOCOR.  NEA however came to the rescue by assuring the public that everything was under control. It was on the later part of 1992 when the conflicting parties decided to reconcile.  The storm is over, the Cooperative; under the direct supervision of the NEA Management Teamwork harder to provide the much needed quality public service and consequently regained the public trust. 

          September 12, 1998 when the first pole of 69kV transmission line was erected at Barangay Leynes, Talisay and at the same year, BATELEC II marked its P1B revenue.

       On March 11, 2000, 16th Annual General Membership Meeting at Padre Garcia, the consumers from the coverage areas passed a resolution opposing the transfer of BATELEC II to MERALCO or in any capitalist which was attended by more than 13, 000 consumers.

      Another history marked BATELEC II in its electrification program as it energized the last un-energized barangay covered by the cooperative, the Brgy. Calawit, Balete, which is, located right at the historical land of Taal Volcano using solar energy on this undertaking and paved way for the 100% Barangay Electrification of BATELEC II over 16 municipalities and 2 cities.

        BATELEC II was finally granted with the permanent franchise to operate electric service in the areas of LipaCity, TanauanCity, Padre Garcia, Mataas na Kahoy, Balete, Cuenca, Alitagtag, Malvar, Talisay, Laurel and San Jose.  These areas are previously served by the cooperative through provisional franchise.

          More importantly, it is noteworthy to mention that all the endeavors BATELEC had achieved were realized through the unceasing and unwavering support of its employee. For that reason, BATELEC II continuously promotes the value of “Employee First Value” to its 748 personnel.

         Aside from those benefits required by law like retirement benefit, resignation benefit, 15 day vacation leave, 15 day sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, thirteenth month pay etc., BATELEC II is also giving Health Care Program, P2,500.00 monthly Rice Allowance, P1,000.00 Birthday Gift, P5,000.00 Uniform Allowance, P5,000.00 Death Assistance and 7 day Bereavement Leave for the death of legitimate children, spouse and parents.

       From being one of the distressed category D in 2003, through the Cooperative’s commitment and determination, BATELEC II was classified as extra large Electric Cooperative and categorized as Class A Cooperative for the years 2004 to 2012, Class AA for the Year 2013 to 2014 and Class AAA for the year 2015.

           BATELEC II was again transformed into a viable Electric Cooperative. Even with limited resources and huge indebtedness, the management was able to continuously implement the programs and projects to improve the Coop's operations, hence, the Coop consistently improved, electrified 100% of its coverage area and made its way to be biggest Cooperative in the country.