Aquino leads ceremonial switch-on for electrification project in Malacanang

January 20, 2012 11:39 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 20 — President Benigno S. Aquino III assured the Filipino people of the government’s sincerity in effecting reforms that would lead to uplifting their lives as he stressed that such change can actually be felt and are not just for mere publicity.

In his message during the ceremonial switch-on for the “Project Heart and Soul: Household Electrification Assistance Through Renewable Technology and Social Preparation for the Upliftment of Lives” at the Rizal Hall of Malacanang Friday, the President said that the people should be confident that they will really feel the effects of reforms being implemented by the government apart from its various pro-people developmental projects.

“At the bottom line is principle and honor; no one can fool the people. Filipinos should be confident that when we say we have brought light to people's homes, it is truly the case; that when we say we are working with partners, we actually have people like those in the Department of Energy (DOE) and Team Energy on the ground, making a tangible impact on people's lives,” the President said.

“Sa madaling salita po, at ito po ang pinaka-importante: Unang-una, hindi namin kayo bobolahin talaga, kung ano yung totoong nangyayari sasabihin namin sa inyo. Pangalawa, sasabihin namin sa inyo ang plano kung paano natin matutugunan ang lahat ng kakulangan ng ating bansa. Pangatlo po, ipapaliwanag kung paano natin maaabot iyong mga hinahabol natin sa mga darating na mga araw, sa mga darating na buwan, at sa mga darating na taon,” he added.

The Chief Executive also said that the event being undertaken aptly reflects the Aquino government’s target of achieving inclusive growth for the people.

“I believe today’s ceremony most accurately reflects our administration’s goal of inclusive growth. As our economy grows, our priority is to allow ordinary people to feel the benefits of national development and access to electricity is one of those benefits. It is one of the most basic things that should be afforded every and all citizens,” the President said.

He expressed confidence of hitting these targets as long as there is continuous support from the Filipinos.

“We are not afraid to set ambitious targets, because we know we can achieve them: we want ninety percent of all unenergized households to have access to electricity by 2017. We know that in achieving this, there will be challenges along the way; but with the help of people who share our vision, we know that we will prevail,” President Aquino noted.

“Dulo po niyan, pipilitin natin na pag umangat ang Pilipinas, talagang buong Pilipinas at lahat ng Pilipino umaangat. Sa tulong po ninyo, mangyayari po iyon,” he added.

The Aquino government, through the DOE, and Team Energy Foundation Inc. (TEFI) have successfully completed the electrification of some 3,400 homes in off-grid areas in one of the remotest places in the country using solar energy.

The event marked the 100 percent electrification of barangays in the remote Polilio Islands of Quezon Province. Such public-private-partnership (PPP) project benefitted the over 3,000 households from the municipalities of Burdeos, Patnanungan and Panukalan.

Project Heart and Soul, using stand-alone solar home systems, is funded by the government through the DOE which aims to attain a 90 percent sitio household electrification in the country by the year 2017.

For this year, the PPP project targets to energize an additional 2,151 households in 12 barangays in the previously mentioned municipalities to fully saturate the electrification of households. This is the first time in the Philippines that all households of a barangay are provided electricity through renewable energy. (PNA)

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