A total of 110 households from San Isidro town in Davao del Norte availed of the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) of the Northern Davao Electric Cooperative (NORDECO) on April 23.
The said households were located in Purok 6, San Nicholas, Purok 8, Sta. Cruz and Purok 9 and 10 in Barangay New Jagna in Barangay Kipalili in the said town.
The said project which has a total of 7.27 kilometers of line costs about PHP 7.24 million.
NORDECO said in a statement that only the electric cooperatives (EC) like them can continue to provide electric service in remote areas.
Way back in 1969, electric cooperatives started lighting up rural areas towards sustainable rural development as mandated by the National Government.
“ECs are partners of the National Government in nation-building as its implementing arm through energization of the countryside,” NORDECO added.
Present during the activity were Mayor Arnel Sitoy and various municipal and barangay officials, and NORDECO Area 3 Manager, Engr. Nielo Japay.
President Benigno S. Aquino, III approved the SEP in 2011, providing electricity to the unlit sitios in the country.
With the help of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the 119 ECs nationwide, the SEP plan was laid down to ensure realization and bring brighter days to the far-flung areas.
Last year, NEA presented its PHP3.9-billion budget for fiscal year 2021 as recommended by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) wherein PHP1.6 billion is allotted for the energization of over a thousand “sitios.”
The NEA’s mandate to pursue the total electrification of the country through the ECs by way of enhancing distribution development including the missionary areas was further strengthened in its new charter under Republic Act No. 10531.