By Roi Lomotan
MANJUYOD, Negros Oriental (PIA) – Some 8, 500 indigent households with no access to electricity in the northern part of Negros Oriental will soon have their homes energized through the National Intensification for Household Electrification (NIHE) program.
Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative (NORECO-I) General Manager Jose Juvileo Acabal said the program is intended for marginalized persons who are not part of the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP), whose homes are near electric lines but do not have money to spend for installation of house wires in order to connect to the main line.
“The government will provide budget for them. For NORECO-I, the target is around 8, 500 indigents and around P3,000 to P3, 700 will be set aside per household,” Acabal added.
NORECO-I distributes electricity to 11 towns and cities in the northern part of the province, with around 700 poor households seen to be covered by the program.
However, a certification from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is needed to become a beneficiary of the program.
The program is expected to be on full swing implementation next year, but for now, the electric cooperative through its board of directors continuously coordinates with the local government units in their coverage areas for the processing of the list of indigent households.
Once the list is finalized, they will submit it to the National Electrification Administration for funding and approval.
Meanwhile, NORECO-I announced that it will once again hold election for the board of director position in Manjuyod on September 17.
Candidate elected will represent Manjuyod in the cooperative’s Board of Directors which is the policy-making body of NORECO-I. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on July 14, 2016)