Republic Act No. 5445

 

 

AN ACT

GRANTING MISAMIS ORIENTAL RURAL ELECTRIC SERVICE COOPERATIVE, INC., A FRANCHISE FOR AN ELECTRIC LIGHT AND POWER SYSTEM IN THE MUNICIPALITIES OF LUGAIT, MANTICAO, NAAWAN, INITAO, LIBERTAD, GITAGUM, LAGUINDINGAN, ALUBIJID AND EL SALVADOR, ALL IN THE PROVINCE OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

 

SECTION 1.  Subject to the terms and conditions established in Act Numbered Thirty-six hundred and thirty-six, as amended by Commonwealth Act Numbered One hundred thirty-two, and to the provisions of the Constitution, there is granted to Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Service Cooperative, Inc. (MORESCO), for a period of fifty years from the approval of this Act, the right, privilege and authority to install, maintain and operate an electric light and power system for the purpose of generating and distributing electric light and power for sale to members and customers in the Municipalities of Lugait, Manticao, Naawan, Initao, Libertad, Gitagum, Laguindingan, Alubijid and El Salvador, all in the Province of Misamis Oriental.  No government-owned or -controlled corporation shall sell wholesale or retail electricity to any utility or customer within the area covered by this franchise at rates lower than those at which power is sold to the grantee and without the latter’s written consent.

 

SEC. 2.  The grantee shall operate according, and times adhere, to the “area-coverage” principle; shall be “non-profit”; and shall be during the first twenty-five or for as long as its obligations are not fully paid exempt from all taxes, duties and fees of whatever kind and nature, except income tax as applicable to non-agricultural cooperatives the provisions of any existing law to the contrary notwithstanding.

 

“Area-coverage”, as used in this Act, means that if person lives in the territory of an electric, service cooperative system, he shall be entitled to receive electric service regardless of the place of his residence upon his becoming a member of such cooperative and regardless of the cost of the service to him, whether profitable or not, the feasibility or financial possibility of providing him service being based on the principle that the cooperative’s system is designed to serve the interest of all its members collectively, and not individually:  Provided, That membership in the cooperative shall not permit any preference or discrimination.

 

“Non-profit” means that the cooperative shall be operated without any profit or dividend to its members, but the rates, fees, rents or other charges for electric energy and any other facilities, supplies, equipment, or services furnished by the cooperative shall be sufficient at all times:  (a) to pay all operating and maintenance expenses necessary or desirable for the prudent conduct of its business and the principal of and interest on the obligations issued or assumed by the cooperative in the performance of the purpose for which it was organized; and (b) for the creation of reserves.  The revenues of the cooperative shall be devoted first to the payment of operating and maintenance expenses and the principal and interest outstanding obligations, and thereafter to such reserves for improvement, new construction, depreciation and contingencies as the board may from time to time prescribe.

 

SEC. 3.  The grantee is hereby authorized to mortgage this franchise and its assets in favor of the Electrification Administration, the Philippine National Bank and its subsidiaries, the Development Bank of the Philippines or any other lending institution subject to the approval of the Public Service Commission.  The Development Bank of the Philippines is hereby authorized to obtain foreign loans for re-lending to the grantee pursuant to the provisions of section three of Republic Act Numbered Four thousand eight hundred sixty.

 

SEC 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

Approved, September 9, 1968

 

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