3,000 more sitios will benefit from nationwide electrification project — Aquino

March 19, 2012 7:31 am 

FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City, March 18 — Some 3,000 more sitios will benefit from the administration’s nationwide electrification project this year, after the government achieved its initial 1,520 target, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Sunday.

President Aquino made the announcement on the sidelines of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduation rites of Bagwis Class of 2012 here, adding that this particular endeavor would help the nation’s newly-minted soldiers to better defend the country from unwanted elements.

Based on the data held by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Electrification Administration (NEA), almost 36,000 sitios were literally "kept in the dark" by the previous administration — a problem that was left for President Aquino to address.

But the government responded by allocating P1.3 billion to help electrify its initial target of 1,300 sitios just this last quarter of 2011, which even yielded better results since both the DOE and NEA managed to provide electricity for 1,520 sitios in just 90 days.

“Ang dating umaabot ng isang milyong piso kada sitio, nagawa lamang po natin sa halagang humigit kumulang 700,000 pesos bawat sitio. Patunay lamang po ito na sa tuwid na daan, natutugunan natin ang mga pangangailangan ng mga Pilipino, hindi in due time, kundi ora-mismo,” the President said.

“Sa madaling salita po, ‘yung dating tinatayang one million, naging 700,000 pesos na lang, nagkaroon po tayo ng savings na halos kalahating bilyon; idadagdag po ito sa pondo ng pailaw sa taong ito. Hindi po bababa ng 3,000 na mga sitio ang maikakabit natin sa national grid,” he added. (PNA) scs/PCOO/rsm

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