The Department of Energy (DOE) has intensified its campaign in providing basic electricity services to poor households with no access to power.
The project is dubbed the National Intensification of Household Electrification (NIHE).
This initiative by the DOE is in line with the implementation of its Household Electrification Development Plan (HEDP), which aims to achieve 90 percent household electrification by 2017.
To carry out the project, the DOE has entered into an agreement with the
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
As a partner agency, the DSWD shall provide a list of potential household beneficiaries using the Listahanan, or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).
Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor families are.
It makes available to implementers of social protection programs a comprehensive socio-economic database of poor families identified through objective and verifiable means.
Based on the 2011 data of Listahanan, at least 2.6 million poor households nationwide have no access to electricity.
DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman welcomed the project.
“This is an opportunity for the DSWD and the DOE to converge their efforts and resources to improve the lives of the poor,” she said.
The NIHE program will run from 2015 to 2017.
It will prioritize 450,000 poor households in 46 selected provinces and are also beneficiaries of the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program.