Surigao del Sur I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SURSECO I) is an electric distribution utility created and organized by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 269, as amended. It has been in service since July 20, 1971 when it obtained its registration with the National Electrification Administration, a government agency specially created to implement and supervise the total electrification program of the government. As its authority to operate has expired in 2021, SURSECO-I was issued with a Certificate of Registration by the NEA on 09 June 2021, beckoning a new beginning for another ifty years of operation. It is organized to implement the National Government’s Rural Electrification Program (REP). SURSECO-I is not government-owned but controlled and regulated by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

SURSECO-I serves the franchise of one (1) city and four (4) municipalities within the first district of Surigao del Sur namely: Bislig City, Barobo, Hinatuan, Tagbina and Lingig with a total of 94,161 active service connections as of December 31, 2021. Zealous and committed in its mandate, the Cooperative has completely energized the 112 barangays within its coverage area and is relentlessly pursuing the energization of farflung sitios through the Sitio Electrification Program of NEA and the Nationwide Intensification of Household Electrification (NIHE) of the Department of Energy.

As a distribution utility, SURSECO-I draws power from the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM), Therma South, Inc. (TSI), GN Power Kauswagan Ltd. Co. GNPK) and Hedcor Bukidnon, Inc. (HBI) through the transmission facilities of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). It operates and distributes power to its customers through its three (3) sub-stations located in Barangays Tabon and San Fernando, all of Bislig City, and in the Municipality of Barobo.

Customer satisfaction is SURSECO I’s primary concern thus innovations are in place. The Psion Read and Bill System is designed for automatic printing and delivery of electric bill after the reading of the meter; and, the fully automated Tellering System speeds-up the collection process. The Cooperative also offers online billing inquiry complemented with online bill payment. Aside from its three Offices in Mangagoy, San Fernando, and Barobo, SURSECO-I has partnered with Banks, Pawnshops and several Payment Centers, providing its consumers with ease and comfort in paying its power bills.

As it performs with consistent commitment and excellence, SURSECO-I has gained the accolade of Category A+ (the highest performance award accorded by NEA to electric cooperatives). It has retained this title for years and is even accorded with several awards for its yearly performance. SURSECO-I is now acclaimed as among the Most Outstanding Electric Cooperatives in the country, an honor that speaks of its fervor and dedication to serve its valued consumers.