THE government is accelerating power supply projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with President Duterte and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi led the ceremonial switch-on of electrification projects in Cotabato City.
The on-grid electrification projects include the Department of Energy’s Nationwide Intensification of Household Electrification (NIHE) and ER 1-94 Electrification Funded Projects and National Electrification Administration’s Sitio Electrification Program and Barangay Line Enhancement Program.
In Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, a total of P371.71 million worth of electrification projects from 2015 to 2016 will benefit some 34,238. Next year, another P4.84 million electrification projects will benefit 166 households.
In Tawi-Tawi, the P91.62 million worth of electrification projects will benefit some 1,620 households this year and for 2017, a P18.31 million project will benefit 2,263 families.
In Basilan, some 889 households will benefit from P60.6 million worth of project and 270 families will enjoy the P2.81 million electrification project in 2017.
In Sulu, a total of P50.3 million worth of electrificity projects will benefit 2,628 households and another P10.88 million will benefit 1,345 households.
For off-grid electrification, the DOE has initiated the Household Electrification Program (HEP) where electrification projects worth P610 million will be implemented by electric cooperatives in ARMM until 2017.
Duterte and Cusi also graced the ceremonial turnover of 30 units of photovoltaic (PV) solar home systems to ARMM.
The DOE completed a total of 3,868 PV solar home system units in the provinces of Tawi-Tawi, Basilan and Sulu under its HEP. Next year, the DOE will deliver a total of 3,878 units of the PV solar home system in Tawi-Tawi (2,263 units), Basilan (270 units) and Sulu (1,345 units).
The DOE also donated a total of 30 units of 30Wp PV solar home system to ARMM which was turned over to ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman.
The president’s last stop was the ceremonial awarding of a check for P13.833 million to Maguindanao Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Magelco) for the implementation of the NIHE program that will benefit 3,689 households and received by its general manager, Sultan Ashary Maongco.