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ELECTRIFICATION projects in the rural areas in Northern Mindanao are more than 99 percent done as of second quarter of this year.

Based on the latest record of the National Economic Development Authority (Neda)-Northern Mindanao, a total of 1,932 barangays out of the total potential 1,937 barangays have been provided with electricity by the eight electric cooperatives in the region and the Cagayan Power and Light Company (Cepalco).

The Neda said there were additional 62 barangays energized for the second quarter this year, an increase of 3.32 percent against last year’s record.

Of the four barangays that are not yet energized, three are located in the province of Lanao del Norte and one in Damulog, Bukidnon. However, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Electrification Administration (Nea) have set these areas for electricity by July 2010.

A total of 573,375 households, or 82.66 percent of the total 693,630 households in the region, are now enjoying electricity, which represents a 5.25 percent increase compared to the status of previous electrification during the same period in 2009, the Neda-Northern Mindanao data showed.

Of the five barangays that have yet to be provided with power, an estimated 120,255 households long to be energized as of the last two quarters of the year.

Cepalco, the Neda-Northern Mindanao said, has the highest coverage of household electrification, registering 100 percent completion, while the Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Service Cooperative (Moresco) II posted the lowest household coverage among power utilities in Northern Mindanao, with only about 66 percent.

article by Loui S. Maliza of SSC

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