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NEA claims 13M new rural power connections since 2016

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THE National Electrification Administration (NEA) said it achieved its short-term goal of connecting 13 million additional households ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Rural Electrification Program in August.

It said the percentage of energization across 121 areas served by energy cooperatives (ECs) rose to 91% in April 2019 from 80% in June 2016, for an new-connection average growth of 275,238 or 2% increase per half.

“Our relentless efforts with respect to providing electricity to rural and remote areas of the country and usher in a bright future for our fellow Filipinos have borne fruit. This is another milestone in the golden year of the Rural Electrification Program,” NEA Administrator Edgardo R. Masongsong was quoted as saying in a statement Tuesday.

NEA is a unit of the Department of Energy and is in charge of implementing the Rural Electrification program and improve the technical capacity and financial viability of power cooperatives. — Janina C. Lim