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MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, September 18, 2014 (PIA) – Lydia Estorioso cannot contain her happiness upon learning that she could actually have her house energized very soon free of cost.

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) affords free connection, materials and fixtures to needy families who remain powerless until now.

With SEP, connection is free as well as materials to include the 30-meter service drop lines, electric meters, and house wirings to hold at least two lights and one outlet, all subsidized by the government.

“This is really good news for me, for a long time I have been trying to save money for these and now it’s available for free,” Estorioso said.

The government’s Pasuga Project, implemented nationwide to recipient electric cooperatives, aims to improve the living conditions of the rural folks while it targets to achieve full rural electrification and make Filipinos more globally competitive.

To date, some 3,636 households were lighted here since the onset of the project in November 2011, implemented by the Camiguin Electric Cooperative (CAMELCO).

New lines were constructed in priority areas based on the recommendations of the local government units, with maximum of 30 slots for every line sections.

As for this year, CAMELCO targets to establish some 143 line sections and another 111 for 2015.

Since there are plenty of lines open, the cooperative with approval from NIA, realigned part of the project to accommodate other households with overextended service drop lines in the old/existing lines.

CAMELCO Technical Services Department Manager Glenn A. Redera said this improved their system’s quality and reliability, in terms of voltage line loss.

Meanwhile, CAMELCO Members Services Division Chief Rey C. Badilla bared that as of press time, the cooperative records around 19,840 households energized around the province out of the 20, 514 total potential households as reported by the barangays.

As project partners, the LGUs have also waived its requirement 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 ordinary power connection application.(JCV/PIA)

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