NEA lights up thousands of homes in the countryside

  • August 04, 2017
  • Claro A. Lanipa


PAGADIAN CITY, 04 Aug.  (PIA) – With almost half a decade of delivering electrification services to the countryside, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) has literally brought light to thousands of homes in the countryside, enabling many Filipinos to enjoy the convenience of electricity ushering many cities and municipalities to development and progress.

In his message during the 48th founding anniversary of NEA early this week, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said with NEA at the forefront, we are able to transition to a new and higher phase of economic development with improved economic conditions, benefiting many communities and people.

Over the years, the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 or EPIRA instituted reforms in four sectors of the industry – power generation has become competitive; the transmission sector is now under concession contract; distribution is continuously being regulated and the introduction of the supply sector has allowed competition to flourish, Cusi said.

EPIRA gave NEA the additional mandate of ensuring the readiness of electric cooperatives in a competitive market environment. It can be noted that most electric cooperatives are doing well while some have governance and financial problems.

Sec. Cusi urged NEA to exert all efforts to help these ECs that are classified as “ailing” and identify remedies that are available under Republic Act 10531 and its IRR so that they can become more viable.

On the other hand, from a 90 percent household electrification level by 2017, the DOE is looking at attaining 100 percent electrification of targeted and identified households by 2022.

The 100 percent electrification of identified households accessible to the grid is targeted to be attained by 2022 based on the 2015 census.

Meanwhile, on the targeted 90 percent household electrification by 2017, DOE is happy to announce that they met the target a year earlier. By end of 2016, our household electrification stood at 90.65 percent, which means that we are able to provide electricity services to 20.59 million out of 22.72 million households all over the country. (ALT/CAL/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur/DOE Press Release)


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