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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 20, 2012

Gov’t beefs up fund for rural electrification

by Domingo B. Natividad V

TAGUIG, Jan. 20 (PIA) -- Energy Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras announced the government’s resolve to increase his department’s budget this year to fund the rural electrification project and provide electricity to more Filipinos.

In a forum, Almendras said the government is ready to allocate P5 Billion to electrify the countryside this year.

“We have allotted P2.5 Billion this year and if needed, we will be providing an additional P2.5 Billion for a total of P5 Billion to be poured to rural electrification. Our goal is all about energy access for more. Why? ‘Because the future Filipino children will be at the disadvantage if they have no access to energy. And, the more Filipinos we provide power to, the better their future will be,” Almendras said.

Almendras noted that the move of the government to invest in the rural areas will be for the government’s “inclusive” growth.

“Inclusive growth is an economic development that will start from the bottom going up. We know that eventually, the investments we made for the countryside will eventually go back to the main population centers,” Secretary Almendras explained.

He then appealed to the stakeholders to support the government in its efforts to provide energy for all.

“Join us in our dream of energy access for more. It’s a very long journey. It will probably take 10 to 15 years before we finally achieve it, but with your help and your commitment to this initiative we will be able to ensure the economic liability of the Philippines and the quality of life of future Filipinos from many generations,” he added. (DOE/ RJB/ DBNV/ PIA-NCR)

 
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