Solar Philippines’ Leviste ‘accepts challenge’ to energize poorly served areas

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File photo of Solar Philippines President Leandro L. Leviste taken on July 19, 2017. -- Victor Saulon

Solar Philippines President Leandro L. Leviste has accepted the challenge of electric cooperatives to prioritize “unserved and underserved” areas in the Philippines in his drive to energize rural households, a move that was welcomed by the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

“We accept [National Association of General Managers of Electric Cooperatives’] challenge, so hope they stop opposing attempts by the private sector to enter these poorly served areas — as we’ve already done in 12 towns,” he said in a statement on Thursday, Sept. 6.

“The towns’ requests for better electric service have been ignored for years. Yet now they’re being served by an alternative provider, certain coops would prefer these towns have no power at all,” he added.

Sought for comment, NEA Administrator Edgardo R. Masonsong said he welcomes Mr. Leviste’s offer.

“Thank you for accepting the challenge. That is good for the country,” he told reporters on Thursday. “Everybody can help.” — Victor V. Saulon