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Synchronize electrification initiatives that benefit every household: solon
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian stated that the nation needs a coordinated plan to speed up the electrification of all homes, particularly those in rural areas.
Currently, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are responsible for electrifying homes through their respective programs (Sitio Electrification Program and Total Electrification Project, respectively) (TEP).
However, the DOE continues to distribute the funds to the National Power Corporation and the NEA (NPC).
The total electrification of all families in the nation has not yet been achieved, according to Gatchalian, despite several electrification initiatives implemented over the years.
According to DOE figures as of March, 95.56 percent of households are electrified.
In the Visayas, the electrification rate is 96.97 percent, whereas it is 98.71 percent in Luzon.
Because cooperatives in Mindanao have a poor degree of electrification, the rate is only 86.39 percent.
The majority of the homes without electricity are found in Sulu, Lanao del Sur, and Basilan.
The DOE has very low usage of its money for electrification, according to Gatchalian, who stated this in a news release on Sunday.
Gatchalian claimed that the obligation rate of the electrification budget decreased from last year’s 83.56 percent to 0.33 percent as of August, citing DOE data on the TEP fund utilization rate. From the disbursement rate of 0.62 percent in 2021 to 96.62 percent as of August 2022.
According to Gatchalian, it is regrettable that more than a million rural homes in the nation cannot make use of the numerous advantages of electrification in this day and age. “We need to unify all of the existing electrification initiatives because there needs to be a clear policy on which agency is responsible for promoting rural electrification.”
These, according to the congressman, were the driving forces behind Republic Act 11646, also known as the Microgrid Systems Act, which former President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law in January.
The law mandates that licensed Microgrid Service Providers establish microgrid systems in unserved and underserved areas in order to expedite total electrification and guarantee the delivery of high-quality, secure, and affordable electrical service (MGSPs).
The MGSPs will be permitted to function whenever there is no access to electricity or when the power connection does not guarantee a constant supply of electricity.
Unserved and underserved areas will be identified by the DOE for electrification and servicing by potential MGSPs.
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