KAELCO launches "Pantawid Kuryente"
Tabuk City, Kalinga (7 November) -- With the release of the P7.8 million or 80% fund from the Pantawid Kuryente: Katas ng VAT program, qualified member consumers could now avail of the P500 power subsidy from the Kalinga Apayao Electric Cooperative (KAELCO).
Marites Dumagas, Manager of the Institutional Services Division said that the subsidy will be deducted from the October electric bill of members with power consumption of 1 kwh to 100 kwh for the month May 2008.
This she said would benefit around 15,714 member-consumer households covered by the KAELCO.
She said that after the cooperative liquidated the fund, the remaining 20% or P2 million for the other 3,928 members will be released to meet the cooperative's goal of helping ease the financial needs of the targeted 19,000 member-consumers.
Aside from the 1-100 kwh consumption for the month of May 2008, the members consumers should present their settled bill together with their KAELCO membership card to avail of the power subsidy. Those with no ID card could secure one at the KAELCO office.
Meanwhile, Governor Floydelia Diasen also expressed her support to the Pantawid Kuryente program under the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
In her message delivered by her Executive Assistant, Simeon Bentican, she congratulated the management of KAELCO under the leadership of its manager Corazon Tomas for its prompt and immediate implementation of the power subsidy program.
"I am aware that this power subsidy though a small amount would give a little respite among our constituents," she said expressing hope that the power subsidy will be institutionalized by the national government for the marginalized sector to also feel the economic gains of the government.
With this, the governor has also mentioned her administration's efforts in providing alternative power generation to also provide electricity for the remote barangays in the province who have yet to experience the benefits of electricity and to reduce generate alternative energy source for government offices in the province eventually to reduce its energy demand from the National Power Corporation (Napocor).
She said that the provincial government had purchased electric post to extend the coverage of KAELCO to several un-energized barangays and sitios.
She also mentioned taking a loan of more that P40 million for the construction of a mini-hydro in Bulanao to energize government offices and institution at the Capital Town to generate 2,928,000 kwh saving 4,880 barrels of imported oil by the Napocor.
To increase more sources of energy in the province, she said that recently with the support of the Provincial Government, the Municipality of Pasil have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Makilala Company for geothermal exploration to tap possible environmental friendly energy sources in the municipality.
With this, she calls on all stakeholders of power development to do their duties to help in the energization of all barangays in the province to also improve the plight and alleviate their socio-economic conditions of the people still deprived of the benefits of electricity. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]