DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- The Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative (NORECO-1), one of the two electric cooperatives in Negros Oriental, is seeking the electrification of 24 sitios in its coverage area this year.
The cooperative has already submitted its request to the National Electrification Administration (NEA) for the installment of electricity in those sitios which do not have access to electricity due to its remote locations.
Around P12.6 million is needed to light up households in those areas, according to Aristarco Samontañes, operation and maintenance chief officer-in-charge of NORECO 1.
Samontañes said they expect NEA to release the funds sometime within the first quarter of this year.
NORECO 1 covers 11 towns and cities in the northern side of the island province such as Mabinay, Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad, Guihulngan City, Vallehermoso, Bais City and Canlaon City.
As of December 2007, all barangays in its coverage area have been fully energized.
NORECO I is now focusing on providing power to the sitios in line with NEA’s Sitio Electrification Program that President Benigno S. Aquino, III approved last year to accelerate socio-economic development in the countryside. (MBCN/RMN/PIA-7)