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PGMA orders electrification of Pasil town

Tabuk City, Kalinga (14 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo directed the Department of Energy (DOE) to fast track the energization of the remaining 12 off-grid barangays of Pasil.

In turn, DOE asked the Kalinga-Apayao Electric Cooperative (Kaelco) to conduct survey and prepare the work and financial plan of the priority project. Barangays Amdalao and Cagaluan were energized December of last year

This was the result of the initiative of Mayor James Edduba on the proposal agreed upon by the Legislative-Executive Development Agenda Council (LEDAC) of Pasil to the President for the power connection of the municipality to the main grid under the "Handog ni Gloria: enerhiya para sa matatag na ekonomiya program of DOE which aim to energize the whole archipelago by 2010.

According to Kaelco General Manager Corazon Tomas, she received a verbal instruction from DOE to proceed with the survey and the preparation of the work and financial plan for submission to DOE as basis for sourcing out and allocating funds for the project.

Tomas said electricity will be taken from Lubuagan requiring about 5-kilometer distance of power line to be constructed towards Pasil. "This will entail a huge project cost but with the President's commitment of connecting all barangays to the grid, DOE is hoped to highly consider the proposal," she said.

During her recent visit to Pasil, Tomas said she made initial consultation with Edduba and the barangay chairmen on the scheme of implementing the project. She said all the barangay executives committed to give P30,000.00 fund counterpart; render manual labor and provide local materials.

Engr. Bernard Odiem, Kaelco Technical section chief said they are scheduled this week to conduct survey and will craft the necessary project work plan for evaluation and approval of DOE.

"I am happy to learn that the government will put budget-funded energy-independence and environment projects under its P330-billion economic resiliency package to create "green collar jobs," Mayor Edduba said. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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