PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
DOE allots P5B for rural electrification in 2012by Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu
CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Jan. 18 (PIA) -- The national government has allotted P5 billion for the electrification of rural areas around the archipelago.
Speaking before stakeholders during Tuesday’s Luzon Energy Forum in Clark Freeport, Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said, “Our goal is all about energy access for more for the future generation will be disadvantaged if they have no access to energy. And the more Filipinos we provide power to, the better their future will be.”
Almendras noted that the move of the government to invest in the rural areas is for the nation’s inclusive growth.
“Inclusive growth is an economic development that will start from the bottom going up. We know that eventually, the investments we made for the countryside will eventually go back to the main population centers,” the Energy chief explained.
Almendras appealed to the Luzon stakeholders to support the government in its efforts to provide energy for all.
“Join us in our dream of energy access for more. It’s a very long journey. It will probably take 10 to 15 years before we finally achieve it, but with your help and commitment to this initiative we will be able to ensure the economic liability of the Philippines and the quality of life of future Filipinos from many generations,” he said.
Based on the records of the Department of Energy (DOE), there are a total of 33 barangays with no power in the country as of December 2011.
Of the three island clusters, Luzon has the most number of powerless villages with 17 followed by Mindanao with 16 and none in Visayas.
DOE eyes 100 percent barangay electrification and 90 percent household electrification by 2017. (WLB/CLJD-PIA 3 with reports from DOE)