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Visayan Electric vows to cover unserved areas by 2020

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VISAYAN ELECTRIC Company, Inc. targets to bring electricity to all unserved communities in its franchise area by the end of 2020. Visayan Electric President Jaime Jose Y. Aboitiz, at the recent media appreciation party in Cebu City hosted by Aboitiz Group, said this commitment is aligned with the Department of Energy’s goal of total electrification by 2022. He said they are ahead of the government’s schedule as their target areas are already 42% covered. Mr. Aboitiz also said that they have upgraded and interconnected more substations, installed additional capacity, and continue to strengthen the reliability of its network to support growing demand. For its underground distribution system project in Cebu City, he said they are almost done with phase 3 covering Imus Avenue, from Sikatuna to General Maxilom. “We will continue to build underground systems in the city,” Mr. Aboitiz said. Visayan Electric, part of the Aboitiz Power Group, is the country’s second biggest distribution firm. It serves over 447,000 consumers as of Oct. 2019 in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay and Naga, and the municipalities of Liloan, Consolacion, Minglanillla and San Fernando. — The Freeman





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