This expansion project, according to the co-op general manager Adrian A. Ebcas, is under the National Electrification Administration (NEA) Sitio Electrification Program (SEP), likewise dubbed as “Pasuga Project.”
It now covers 188 sitios (zone or division within a barangay) and energized 3,525 needy families in the island.
Ebcas said that under the Pasuga project, 30 households will be subsidized by the government in every new line opened.
He noted that most of the areas served are level 4 to 6 sitios, which means, it’s very small and cannot even consume the 30 households’ assistance allocation for every sitio.
With this, the cooperative have drafted a board resolution, realigning the extra funds to the remaining un-energized household in the old/existing lines.
Camelco Members Services Division chief, Rey C. Badilla, however, clears that those households covered by SEP remains to be a priority.
With SEP, connection fee is free and also materials and fixtures for beneficiaries.
As project partners, the local government units have also waived its requirements in favor for the beneficiaries, in which, they pay only for as low as P25 to P100, instead of the P2,000 regular charge for power connection application.
To date, 16,055 out of 17,683 potential households in the province were already energized. (PIA)