By Roi Lomotan
Some 6, 502 indigent households in northern Negros Oriental are approved for energization after the Department of Energy (DOE) granted their application under the National Intensification of Household Electrification (NIHE).
Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative (NORECO) – I Institutional Services Division Manager Jonah Maxino disclosed that they are waiting for the funds to be released by DOE so that they can start the bidding for the purchase of kilowatt hour meters and other house wiring materials.
NORECO-I hopes to roll-out this program to the 1st batch of beneficiaries on March once they get the budget from DOE.
NIHE is intended for poor households with no access to power, 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.
In La Libertad, around 300 beneficiaries will be covered by the first batch of implementation of NIHE.
Under the program, each beneficiary will be allocated P3,750 that would cover costs for house wiring materials, labor, kilowatt hour meter, and service drop wire.
“Karon katong mga beneficiary pwede na sila mo-process sa ilang necessary papers para pag-abot sa kwarta, diha-diha dayon atong ma-implement (For now, beneficiaries can start processing the necessary papers so that we can directly implement the program once the funds are released),” Maxino said.
The NORECO-I official also cited that some Local Government Units (LGUs) have waived fees when applying for electrical permits and other documents related to applying for electric connection for indigent that are beneficiaries of NIHE.
Beneficiaries can apply for installation at NORECO-I offices once they secure these documents, Maxino added.
On the other hand, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) together with NORECO-I conducted a Kapihan forum in this municipality to inform their member-consumers on the upcoming district election for the members of the electric cooperative’s Board of Directors (BOD).
The schedule for election in La Libertad is on March 10, 2018.
Maxino encouraged all member-consumers to participate and elect their representative in the policy-making body of NORECO-I.