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KAELCO to construct feeder to imrpove service reliability

Tabuk City, Kalinga (15 August) -- The Kalinga-Apayao Electric Cooperative (Kaelco) will construct a feeder under its System Loss Reduction Program to ease the burden of millions of pesos of systems loss passed on to consumers and on the long run to improve service reliability of the power utility.

According to Clifford Alunday, Kaelco Information Officer, the feeder route along the provincial road from barangay Bulanao here to Magsaysay which is about 8 kilometers in length will serve the power needs of a growing consumer on the other side of the existing line.

Obtained thru a loan from the National Electrification Administration (NEA) amounting to P5.3 million, the new line will also help correct encroachment of settlements on road right of way and correct traversing lines across the road which sometimes cause accidents, Alunday said.

He said the other pair line minimizes power interruption since the existing one can be overloaded because of the growing consumers. He explains that each line will service households within its side and an approach to repair defective lines while the new feeder continues to provide service.

Alunday said the loan which was approved by the Board of Directors is payable within three years with 15% interest per annum. The whole amount he said will be spent on three items with materials getting the lion share of P3.8 million, labor at P810,000.00, and contingencies costs P189,000.00.

It can be recalled that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has asked power utilities to look on means to lower power rates and arrest systems loss while government is also tapping indigenous energy sources with partner investors and doing alternative measures to decrease the country's dependence on imported fuel. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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