CEPALCO is continuously nurturing and achieving its vision of becoming the best electric distribution utility in the country. In 1962, the company obtained a legislative franchise to serve Cagayan de Oro City. Shortly thereafter, this franchise was expanded to cover the municipalities of Tagoloan and Villanueva, where the 3,000 hectare PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate is located, and Jasaan, all within the Province of Misamis Oriental. To keep pace with the development of Northern Mindanao, CEPALCO assumed its position as a growth catalyst by embarking on a long range plan to build the Company, its facilities, manpower resources and expertise. The Company’s electric utility operations history dates back to January 1952 when it generated its own power through a diesel generator rated at 400 kilowatts, serving about 750 customers within Cagayan de Oro City through a 2.4 kilovolt primary distribution system. In 1967, CEPALCO laid the backbone of its distribution system by constructing a 40 kilometer primary distribution line that spanned the distance from NPC’s Carmen substation in Cagayan de Oro City up to the poblacion of Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. This primary line was energized at 34.5 kV; it was the first that this Voltage was used for distribution purposes in the Philippines. The new power line served the increasing electrical requirements of Cagayan de Oro City and the municipalities of Tagoloan, Villanueva and Jasaan. The succeeding years saw CEPALCO undertake a massive expansion program in its capacity and coverage both for urban and rural electrification. Improvements in the Company’s distribution and service facilities were implemented and the feeder lines were upgraded to take in higher voltages. Power substations were constructed, and electric lines were extended from the primary distribution line running along the national highway to all major population centers within its franchise area. In the city, distribution lines were extended to all commercial and residential sites. Today, CEPALCO has become one of the most responsive and dependable electric distribution companies in the country, equipped with modern facilities and an efficient and reliable electric distribution service network. The Company’s distribution system includes 138KV, 69KV, 34.5KV and 13.8KV facilities serving a total customer base of over 120,000 with a power demand exceeding 146 megawatts. CEPALCO now ranks as the fourth largest electric service company in the country.
Year Established: 1962