GENERAL SANTOS CITY: The national government has approved the release of about P76 million for the energization of upland communities in three municipalities in South Cotabato. Santiago Tudio, general manager of the South Cotabato 1 Electric Cooperative, said on Wednesday the initiative is part of the continuing expansion in the province of the government’s flagship Sitio Electrification Program (SEP). He said they have started the ground works for the project, which will cover 35 sitios in the municipalities of Lake Sebu, Sto. Niño and Surallah. It will involve the installation of around 64 kilometers electric distribution lines in 25 sitios in Barangay Ned in Lake Sebu, four sitios in Santo Niño, and six sitios in Barangay Upper Sepaka in Surallah. “This project is considered as the single biggest one time project under SEP,” Tudio said in an interview. Tudio said National Electrification Administration has issued the go-signal to the cooperative to begin the full implementation of the project, which is due for completion by the second half of the year.