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DOE to energize CPLA resettlement in Kalinga

TABUK CITY (14 September) -- Households in a resettlement site of former rebels in Kalinga will be energized soon by the Department of Energy through the missionary electrification fund of the Binga Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP), according to Kalinga-Apayao Electric Cooperative Institutional Development Department (KAELCO-ISD) Manager Maritess Dumagas.

She said 45 households of the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) members now resettled at Camp Conrado Balweg in Sitio Ileb, Nambaran, this city, are recipients of electrification from funds sourced out from accrued commercial operations of Binga HEPP.

"They formed themselves into a peoples' organization (PO) and requested assistance from the power generation facility which the later approved of it under its corporate social responsibility to assist POs who help themselves," Dumagas said.

In a letter to OIC Kaelco Manager Corazon Tomas, Electric Power Industry Management Director Mylene Capongcol of the Department of Energy (DOE) informed that DOE is interposing no objection to the electrification project amounting to P409,331.16. A notice to proceed to effect implementation of the project was also attached to Capongcol's letter.

Dumagas informed that the project will be implemented by KAELCO which work covers building line extension to the site and household electrification. The beneficiaries will render free labor counterpart.

"As soon as the households settle office obligations, work will commence," Dumagas said hoping that light will be switch on by the end of this third quarter.

It can be recalled that the CPLA were former members of the New Peoples Army who forged peace with government. To reciprocate the CPLA for reconciling with government, from former President Aquino to the present administration, it continued to grant development assistance for the group to live better lives.

Under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, CPLA members were given various development projects and livelihood assistance. Significant among these projects were the integration to the Armed Forces of the Philippines of CPLA members, construction of a school under the Kalayaan Barangay program and this electrification project. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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