The electric cooperatives (ECs) have vowed to support the government’s target of bringing electricity to rural areas in the Philippines.
On March 26, ECs said it had a discussion with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to address President Rodrigo Duterte’s mandate to equip all far-flung communities across the country with electricity.
Duterte commanded the DOE as well as the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to ease the entry of private firms in underserved areas to hasten the rollout of electricity.
ECs are set to submit a master plan providing complete details in meeting a specific goal: access to electricity for all by 2022.
DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi also asked ECs to find ways to lower down their electricity rates for the less privileged Filipinos.
The DOE, together with NEA and ERC, promised to support ECs in its step to further expand access to electricity.
Currently, EC is working on its Sitio Electrificiation, Barangay Line Enhancement, and Household Electrification programs.