Twenty seven (27) villages in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City will soon be energized.
This developed after the Department of Energy (DOE) authorized the release of PhP11.54 million for the implementation of a Missionary Rural Electrification Project in the towns of Medina, Balingoan, Kinoguitan, Sugbongcogon and Claveria, all in Misamis Oriental and five barangays in Cagayan de Oro City, namely Consolacion, Camaman-an, Cugman, Puerto and Tablon.
The project is charged to the electrification fund accrued from the commercial operation of the Mindanao Power Plant of STEAG State Power Inc. at the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. This is pursuant to the provisions of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 that requires power generating companies to set-aside one centavo per kilowatt hour of electricity sales to various electrification and community development projects. Misamis Oriental got the lion’s share of P7.3 million while Cagayan de Oro City gets P4.19 million.
Steag Community Relations Manager Ghaye Alegrio said the assistance is also in keeping with the company’s commitment to support DOE’s Expanded Rural Electrification Program which aims to attain at least 90% household level electrification by 2017.
To date, nearly P20 million had been made available for this purpose.
The project will be implemented by the Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Service Cooperative (MORESCO II) and the Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Light Company (CEPALCO) for the beneficiary communities in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro, respectively.
MORESCO II General Manager Amado Kee said this project steps-up current efforts to bring electricity especially to the remote villages in the province. Data shows that while Misamis Oriental province has already attained a 100% energization at the barangay level, bringing electric services at the household level is still much wanting.
“STEAG’s contribution is a welcome development as this will fast tract efforts in bringing about regional development through rural electrification,” Kee added.
Meanwhile, Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes said that the electrification project in Cagayan de Oro City forms part of DOE’s P10-million commitment to the congressional initiatives of Representative Rufus Rodriguez. In his letter to Rep. Rodriguez, the DOE chief said that the remaining balance (of P5.8 million) will be released upon availability of electrification funds for Region X.