Visayan Electric Company (VECO) is the second largest electric utility in the Philippines and

serves the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay and Naga and four municipalities of the greater part of
Metro Cebu - Liloan, Consolacion, Minglanillla and San Fernando. Its franchise service covers an
area of about 672 square kilometers with an estimated population of 1.73 million.


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VECO was founded in 1905 by a group of Cebu businessmen led by Messrs. M. Levering, A. Bryan,
R. Landon and A. Pond. It started with an 800 kW generating facility by the Cebu pier. By 1918 the
Escaño family had acquired control and began expanding both the generation capacity and the
distribution network.[1][2]
During the Second World War the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) bombed all
the generation units in order to deprive the occupying Japanese forces control of the network. In
December 1945, with the war over, VECO was back in business delivering power to its customers. [3]

Legislative Order[edit]
VECO was granted its legislative franchise under Act No. 3499 which was approved by the
Philippine Legislature in 1928. It authorized VECO to install, operate and maintain electric light, heat
and power system in the Municipalities of Cebu (now City), Talisay (now City), Minglanilla, Naga,
San Fernando, Mandaue (now City), Consolacion, Liloan and Compostela. The period of existence
of the franchise was for 50 years. This was subsequently extended for another 25 years by RA 6454
which took effect in 1972. In 2005, RA 9339 was signed extending the term of VECO's franchise for
another 25 years. At present, VECO's franchise area covers the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay
and Naga plus the municipalities ofConsolacion, Liloan, Minglanilla and San Fernando.
VECO utilizes various state-of-the-art technologies in its operations to improve its efficiency and
service. It uses a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system to monitor and control

Approximately 800 individual shareholders comprise the VECO shareholders' roster.its electric distribution assets via remote control. Bill[edit]  Green bill means . Comes with a 2% surcharge of your previous unpaid bill.You are a good payer  Red bill means. Also comes with a 48-hour disconnection notice. VECO opened a full service center at SM City Cebu with a Call Center equipped with Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone system integrated with a Customer Relation Management System (CRMS). albeit smaller. VECO is owned and managed by publicly listed Aboitiz Power Corporation (PSE: AP) and Vivant Corporation. A second. It also has a GIS (Geographic Information System) to map and manage its facilities.[4] In early 2005. .You were not able to pay your bills for two months. full service center also opened in Talisay City in 2007 to attend to the needs of customers in the southern part of the franchise area.

E. had a very humble beginning. Compostela and Danao to the North and Talisay. the VECO power plant had a total capacity of 3.Humble Beginnings On February 25. as the company is more popularly known today.R. 3499 granting VECO a new franchise under which electric service was extended to Mandaue. 1928 Governor General Henry L. Consolacion.965 KVA . VECO. In anticipation of increased demand. 1905 a group of enterprising American old timers and local residents led by Martin Levering.A. At the start of the Pacific War on December 18.A. the company installed a 250 BHP Raghbun gas engine-driven belted 210 KVA G. . Power demand continued to increase and to meet it the company successively installed one 550 BHP Atlas Polar-Asea unit in 1925. a 1.E. Liloan.P. generator. San Fernando and Naga to the South.000 and was the first to use an indigenous source of fuel . another unit of the same make and capacity in 1930. but not on December 8. Minglanilla.almost 20 times the capacity in 1905. In 1924. It started operations with an initial capital of only P250. Landon and A. R. The original franchise of VECO covered only the then municipality of Cebu. Stimson approved Act No. another 250 BHP Rathbun gas engine unit was installed and placed in operation before the end of the same year. 1941. Albert Bryan.the coal-fired single-cylinder 350 H.500 BHP Supercharged Wintherthur-Asea unit in 1925 and a 1. Corliss steam engine-driven generating unit.940 Atlas-Asea unit in 1938. Addenbrook pooled their financial resources and know-how and organized the forerunner of the Visayan Electric Company and ushered in the blessings of electric power to thousands of Cebu residents.

they set up four 30-kW ready power units. Don Gil Garcia and Engr. Pampanga for the acquisition of the Destroyer Escort "Spragge". Salvador Sala successfully negotiated with the Nepumuceno brothers of Angeles. Engr. A dismantling crew worked on the "Spragge" and took out its two powerful steam turbine generators for installation in the powerhouse. On March 1. In the later part of 1942. Electric service was on a 12-hour flat-rate basis and was available only to the populous sections of Cebu City proper. Salvador E.Don Gil Garcia . Also in 1949. Mamerto Escaño. took over the management of the electric service from the Japanese Military Administration. the Taiwan Denryoku Kaisha.540 BHP Atlas Polar-Asea generating set escaped complete destruction. The Japanese Occupation Forces rehabilitated these facilities and restored electric service to the city. Sala. then a 100 kW Hercules Diesel generator and much later a 1. Ltd. The company was able to purchase the 750 BHP Worthington Engine from the Benguet Consolidated Mining Company. At that time the Power Plant only had a total generating power of 1.One of the VECO heads who accepted the management of the company and facilities after the US Armed Forces' turn over. a new stator for the damaged 1540 BHP Atlas Polar-Asea unit and two Nordberg-General Electric generator sets of 1500 BHP each were installed in 1948 and 1949.. the management of the plant and facilities was completely turned over by the US Armed Forces to VECO headed by Dr. Only the 1. 1946. When Cebu was liberated by the American Forces.000 kVA Hamilton-Westinghouse Diesel generator.500 kilowatts. . most of VECO's power system facilities were destroyed. Destruction and Rehabilitation During World War II.

3234. by virtue of R. R. transfer and conveyance to the Visayan Electric Company. On June 17.A. granted under Act. On June 17. 1959 with a generating capacity of 5. 1972. of the franchise and all properties and rights thereunder of the Visayan Electric Company. A Worthington steam turbine generating set was commissioned on December 15. 1963 an Allis Chalmers steam turbine generating set rated 5. No. VECO installed steam turbine generating units using coal. 1961. on April 28.000 kW was also commissioned. And. 6454. The Gargantuan figure on the foreground with the word “VECO” painted on its side is not a vehicle of war material but Pedring’s “Hardware and Electrical Warehouse . 3499. Inc. as a power source.March 1951 Growing through the Years In the late 1950's. VECO's franchise was renewed for another period of 25 years after its expiration in 1978. was enacted authorizing the sale.A. an indigenous material.000 kW.A.Cebu VECO Power House . S.

because this “Gargantua” carries them.103 customers. At present.on Wheels”. A total of 1.Line men who need materials do not have to rush to the warehouse on Mango Ave. Inc. capital expenditures was about P1. It serves the electrical power needs of three cities (Cebu.94 kilometers of secondary lines have been established all over its franchise area. To keep pace with the growing demands of its customers. it had a total of 554 employees and served 254.long term borrowings (35%) and from shareholders who plowed back their dividends (30%). . and five municipalities of the greater part of Metro Cebu.3 million as of 2001.57 kilometers of primary lines and 2. These were funded from internal cash generation (35%). Visayan Electric Company. Mandaue and Talisay). in the island and province of Cebu. In the same year. is the second largest private electric utility in the Philippines.2B from 1994 to 1998. VECO's service coverage is about 674 square kilometers with an estimated population of 1.815.931.

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