NEA intensifies efforts to bridge electricity access gap in remote communities

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) is all set to beef up efforts in bridging electricity access gap in remote communities.

NEA issued the statement following the new directives in accelerating rural electrification issued by President Rodrigo Duterte and the Energy Regulatory Commission.

NEA said that among the factors they consider include the entry of the private sector to electric cooperatives (EC) to pave way in granting more options for untapped communities.

NEA also urged ECs to prepare and submit a master plan for the roadmap that will be used to achieve nationwide electricity access by 2022.

“Electricity creates wealth. It empowers people to create wealth. So let’s give them the opportunity to uplift their lives by giving them the electricity that they need. The 2022 timeline, let’s make it happen earlier,” Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.

Challenging the ECs to bridge gap in electricity access, Cusi also urged the sector to be creative in lighting up rural communities and lower the cost of electricity while improving efficiency.

After the energization of 32,141 sitios from 2011 to 2016, NEA is eyeing to energize up to 1,800 sitios this year with the PhP 1.8-billion fund from the Department of Budget and Management.

“We hope that by 2019 to 2022, we will be getting between PhP 4.8-billion and PhP 5.2-billion per annum so we will be able to energize all these sitios until 2022,” NEA administrator Edgardo Masongsong earlier disclosed.

“By 2022, we hope that the last household will be served with electricity,” he added.

Serving as the supervisory body to 121 ECs across the country, among NEA’s tasks include the monitoring of distribution system parameters such as loss and reliability, circuit kilometers and substation capacity.