DOE undertakes electrification project in remote Basilan town

August 26, 2010 11:23 am 

TABUAN LASA, Basilan, Aug. 25 — The more than 25,000 residents of this newly-created municipality will soon have electricity.

The Department of Energy (DOE), through the Basilan Electric Cooperative (Baselco), has started the implementation of a P9.2-million electrification project here.

“The DOE, though it is their project, has contracted Baselco to undertake the electrification project, being the sole electric distributor of the province,” Mayor Muctar Junaid said.

The electrification project is scheduled to be completed within a 90-day period, according to Junaid.

The Baselco personnel are already installing the transmission cables as they have completed erecting all the wooden transmission line posts.

Junaid said Tabuan Lasa town will have its own power plant, citing the electrification project includes the purchase and installation of diesel-fired power generating sets.

Once completed, Junaid said the project will be of big help to the residents of this town which has been relying on solar electricity and gas lamps to have light at night for the past several years.

Junaid said the electrification of the town will boost business activity, especially of marine products.

This town was created by virtue of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 187, which was subsequently ratified in a plebiscite held on March 29, 2008.

Tabuan Lasa, which has 12 barangays, was a part of Sumisip town before it was created into a municipality.

This town has a population of 25,959 based on the 2007 Census on Population (POPCEN) conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO). (PNA)

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