More barangays energized under PGMA

August 24, 2009 9:45 am 

LUBAO, Pampanga, Aug. 24 (PNA – The administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has the highest rate of barangays energized in the country compared to the past three administrations, according to Presidential Assistant for Electrification Fr. Francisco Silva.

In his remarks at a symbolic lighting ceremony, Fr. Silva revealed that the current administration has energized 3.3 million barangays, compared to the 585,000 under Cory Aquino, 1.29 million under Fidel V. Ramos, and 852,000 under Joseph Estrada.

He said President Arroyo was able to improve electric cooperatives through government financial assistance programs.

The Arroyo administration has extended the biggest ever financial assistance of P5.2 billion to the electric cooperatives nationwide .

In a speech here, the President thanked and congratulated the National Electrification Administration (NEA), the electric cooperatives, and Fr. Silva for helping realized the dream of his father, former President Diosdado Macapagal to provide electricity to the whole country, especially far-flung barangays.

Meanwhile, NEA Administrator Editha Bueno reported to the President that nearly 42,000 barangays in the country have already been provided with electricity.

She said, 98 percent or 41,154 barangays in the country have already been connected to the power grid. (PNA) DCT/OPS/utb

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