The Department of Energy (DOE) is targeting 90 percent of houses to be electrically-powered by 2017 according to their Information Education Campaign (IEC) plan last Sept. 7 at Silliman Hall.
Anabel Elmaga, a science research specialist of DOE’s Electric Power Industry Management Bureau, said that there are 4.17 million houses in the country that do not use electricity as of Dec. 2014.
Under the HEDP is the grid and off grid solutions.
On the grid solution, aside from the connection of Distribution Utility (DU), DOE is also connected to National Electrification Association, Sitio Electrification Program, and the Barangay Line Enhancement Program.
On the other hand, off grid solutions are Qualified Third Party, where the participation of private sectors and Solar PV Mainstreaming or the installation of Solar Home Systems such as Household Electrification Project to the scattered areas comes in.
DOE is also launching a new project, which is the Nationwide Intensification for Household Electrification (NIHE).
Under the grid solution, 3,750 grand assistances per household inclusive of meter, wirings, labor, and more are for those who are not capable of providing their own connection of electricity.
Elmaga clarified that the DU, not the households, will be in-charge for the connection of house wirings.
As of 2015, there is a total of 80.90 percent accomplished electrification of HEDP.
DU, NEA, and non-government organizations are with other private sectors in implementing the project.
Elmaga said that, “Maa-attain natin yang 90 percent in a holistic approach, not just DOE, but with the help of other agencies.”
NIHE is a three-year program approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) last 2014 that will end by 2017.
In case the 90 percent target will not be attained by 2017, DOE will request the DBM for another three-year budget for the extension of the program.
“Pribilihiyo ng bawat tao na mayrong kuryente sa bahay nila,” Elmaga said. (Everyone has the privilege to have electricity in their homes.)
This is a series of IEC plan of the DOE conducted in schools nationwide.
By Paulynne Joyce R. dela Cruz