(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 18 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Thursday, 29 February 2024

Electric coop in Surigao Sur now accepts e-payments

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur (PIA) -- The member-consumer-owners (MCOs) of the Surigao del Sur Electric Cooperative II (SURSECO-II) can pay now their electric bill with less hassle through the electronic commerce payment or ECPay using their mobile phones, as the program was launched on February 23 at the Balay Tapukanan, SURSECO II main office compound in Tandag City.

Aguinaldo Jaluag, SURSECO II manager – CarPlan of the Energy Trading and IT Department, revealed that the proposal on the digital payment facility through ECPay, Incorporation was approved in 2023. With the thorough adjustment due to some glitches for improvement and modification, both systems from SURSECO-II and ECPay were synchronized and finally it now ready for full implementation this year.

“This initiative is a product of the collaborative efforts for continuous delivery of highest quality of service by the board of directors, and the management of SURSECO II,” Jaluag said.

SURSECO II general manager Roel Abad said, that the platform shall not accept partial payment, advance, and overpayments.

As of press time, MCOs can pay their electric bills through GCash, a Philippine mobile payment service of Globe Fintech Innovations, Incorporation and operated by its wholly-owned subsidiary, G-Xchange, Incorporation. As of May 2023, GCash claimed to have 81 million active users and 2.5 million sellers and merchants across the country.

Abad added, that more companies have already visited their office for partnership like PayMaya, CLiQQ, and many more, and are still to be worked with, citing the technical aspects.

Meanwhile, Surigao del Sur is divided into two electric cooperatives both are now accepting ECPay. The south is under the operation of SURSECO I with its main office at San Fernando, Bislig City, while the northern part is under SURSECO II with its main office at Tandag City.

SURSECO II further covers 13 towns namely, Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza, Cortes, San Miguel, Tago, Bayabas, Cagwait, Marihatag, San Agusitn, Lianga, and the city of Tandag. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)