by Lenie Lectura – December 4, 2015
from Business Mirror
THE National Electrification Administration (NEA) is close to achieving its target to provide power to more than 32,000 sitios until the end of President Aquino’s term in June 2016.
From October 2011 to November 2015, NEA was able to connect to the grid a total of 30,023 sitios, bringing the sitio electrification level to 97.66 percent. Meanwhile, consumer connection was raised to 11.076 million, with the additional 440,360 consumers connected in 2015.
The overall electrification target is to attain 90 percent electrification of households by 2017, anchored on the Household Electrification Plan of the Department of Energy (DOE).
NEA Administrator Edita Bueno is optimistic of attaining the target next year, with the continuous support of the Aquino administration and the commitment of 119 electric cooperatives nationwide.
So far, the Aquino administration has approved a total of P22.31-billion subsidy assistance to NEA to implement the program.
The 30,000th sitio energized under the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) is Sitio Malipayon in Sagay City, within the coverage area of Northern Negros Electric Cooperative, while consumer Luisa Laguyo of Sitio Nompolia, Hungduan, Ifugao, was identified as the beneficiary of the 11-millionth household connection under the coverage area of the Ifugao Electric Cooperative Inc.
Bueno said these milestones reflect the “strengthened partnership of NEA and the electric cooperatives in bringing power to a majority of underserved sitios in the country and helping people in these communities gain access to basic social services and enjoy livelihood opportunities.”
“This is the government’s way of embracing the Filipinos, especially those who are far from the metropolis and have been enduring their communities’ lack of electricity for a very long time now,” she added.
NEA’s SEP has a goal of electrifying 32,441 sitios by the first quarter of 2016.