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Ifugao, IFELCO energize barangay Pula

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (26 June) -- The Provincial government here conducted a symbolic switch-on of Pula Electrification in the municipality of Asipulo.

Engr. Vicente Nabejet, of the Provincial governor's Office here said that this project will bolster the livelihood and economic activities of rural areas such as Pula, a barangay that opens to the vast agricultural area of Asipulo.

With an allocation of P1M, where 21 poles were erected, a feat much advantageous to the electrification program. We have properly turn over the finished project to IFELCO for connection to consumers, Nabejet said.

Nabejet disclosed that the said project was constructed in consonance with IFELCO standards and turn over the same to IFLECO at no cost. In this situation, IFELCO has no investment to recover so it should result to lower rates when it reaches a level to overcome the aforementioned regulations and practical cooperative practices which is embodied in the Memorandum of Agreement between the Provincial government and IFELCO.

The enactment in 1969 of Republic Act 6038 otherwise known as the National Electrification Administration Law was strengthened by Presidential Memorandum Order No. 395 of 1970 which called for every province to form a team to prepare its rural electrification feasibility study.

According to Nabejet, the project which was started in the province in 1971 presented agriculture being the main economic backbone here, as its main factor. "By virtue of the mandatory rural electrification on an area coverage basis, all these came into fruition in 1977 when the Ifugao Electric Cooperative, Inc (IFELCO) was formed in 1977.

At present, IFELCO declared the province as 95% energized and looks forward to a 100% energization in 2010. However, Nabejet said that most of the residents clamor for grid connection. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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