BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya — The national government’s electrification program has already reached 56 sub-villages (sitios) and benefited at least 1,680 villagers in the province last year.

Engineer Narcisio Salunat, NUVELCO general manager, said the electrification program in the province was implemented by the Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative (NUVELCO) and the National Electrification Administration (NEA) in sub-villages which are located in remote and upland areas.

The Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) is a national government project aimed at providing electricity in the countryside to uplift the economic living and activities in these areas.

It is part of the Aquino administration’s social contract with the Filipino people.

Salunat said the SEP implementation in the province has been facilitated by Representative Carlos Padilla, particularly by following–up the release of funds.

Part of the SEP is the provision of free electric meters, service drop, housewiring and installation cost for initial 30 households.

“This means that consumers will not spend any single centavo in purchasing wires and bulbs because this is freely granted to them except for the fees that have to be paid directly to NUVELCO,” he said.

Another wave of electrification projects are expected to be opened in the first quarter this year in the sitios of Alfonso Castaneda, Ambaguio, Aritao, Diadi, Kayapa, Kasibu and Dupax del Sur and Dupax del Norte. PNA / northboundasia.com