The Departments of Energy and Public Works and Highways signed a circular that seeks to speed up the relocation of power facilities of electric cooperatives affected by government projects.
The circular prescribes guidelines to expedite the process of paying compensation to electric cooperatives in case their distribution or subtransmission lines need to be relocated.
Antonio Cortes, acting division manager of the Technical Operations Division of the National Electrification Administration said that assessing the payment to an electric cooperative will depend on the condition and length of the line to be relocated.
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, who signed the circular with Public Works Undersecretary Karen Jimeno who represented Secretary Mark Villar, stressed the need to “address situations where the facilities of electric cooperatives need to be relocated due to government projects, such as road-widening, bridge construction, among others, and provide a unified mechanism for reasonable compensation to them for every affected facility.”
Jimeno said the circular was four years overdue since Republic Act 10531, also known as the National Electrification Administration Reform Act, was signed into law in 2013.
Jordeene Sheex Lagare