• DBM allots P969.3 million for rural electrification

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    The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released a total of P969.3 million to the National Power Corp. (Napocor) on Wednesday to “support the operational and maintenance requirements of the Small Power Utilities Group [SPUG]” that implements most of electrification projects in the country, mostly for the remote areas nationwide.

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    The DBM said that the fund would be sourced from Napocor’s authorized appropriations from the 2013 General Appropriations Act (GAA), and would be allotted to improve efficiency of operations of power plants all over the country.

    “This latest release supports the [Aquino] administration’s ongoing efforts to bring electricity to remote communities, areas, and islands covered by the Napocor nationwide.

    By putting far-flung areas without electricity on the power grid, we can ensure the gradual economic empowerment and much-needed commercial expansion in these remote communities,” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said.

    The fund will enable SPUG to electrify far-flung areas in the country by connecting them to the main transmission grid or “missionary areas.”

    “For too long, several remote communities have had their socioeconomic progress severely limited by the simple absence of electricity in their towns. The administration’s electrification program is only one of several ways that we’re bringing the benefits of good governance to the Filipino people,” Abad said.

    “As of September this year, SPUG has been operating 312 power plants in 236 service areas, with a total installed capacity of 327,523 kilowatts. This nationwide operation covers 36 provinces consisting of a total of over 670,000 households,” the DBM said.

    “In addition, off-grid barangay electrification projects initiated within the year on Cabul-an Island in Bohol, Atulayan Island in Camarines Sur and Palumbanes Island in Catanduanes, are already around 90 percent complete,” the budget agency added.

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