STATE-RUN National Power Corp. (Napocor) has increased the operating hours of its Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) plant in San Pascual, Masbate after Burias Island Diesel Power Plant (DPP) brought additional 300 kilowatts (kW) generating set.
Napocor said it can now extend the service hours of DPP from eight to 12 hours benefiting at least 1,857 households.
It added that the power plant may further extend to 16 hours of operating hours in 2016.
Napocor President Ma. Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita personally led the switching on of the genset, saying it was part of Napocor’s intensified programs in electrifying the farthest islands in the country.
With the new genset, power services in San Pascual can now be enjoyed from 8 a.m. until midnight, enabling students to use computer in schools.
Sta. Rita has likewise committed to electrify nine more barangays in the town.
Napocor is expected to distribute 62 more gensets in various SPUG) plants in the country, in addition to its present 290 SPUG plants servicesing around 800,000 households.