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Palawan politiko to Napocor: Take us out of the dark

Jul 26, 2015 @ 7:21

A provincial board member of Palawan is appealing to the National Power Corporation (Napocor) to provide power supply to off-grid and island barangays in the province.

1st District board member Roseller Pineda said residents of 58 percent of the province remains “living in the dark”, based on the Palawan Island Power Development Plan (PIPDP) 2015-2035.

“Boosting electric supply in new growth areas in Palawan will spur economic activities and improve living standards with inclusive improvement desirable to all constituencies,” Pineda said.

Pineda believes that Palawan, “as one of the far-flung off-grid areas in the country,” has “achieved a very strong growth of business and economic activities.”

“But we still have many areas living in the dark until now,” he stressed.

The provincial government has crafted the PIPDP to “provide adequate, reliable, and affordable electricity” throughout the province, especially up to the remotest sitios and island barangays.

To fully achieve the PIPDP, the province needs P53 billion.

Pineda noted that the state-owned Napocor reportedly posted a net income of P1.5 billion last year in a highest financial turnaround since 2012.

“With this financial windfall, Napocor is setting aside more for its missionary areas…as it would help fund additional budget requirement for subsidies to new power providers (NPPs) and qualified third parties (QTPs) that have taken over the function of Napocor in missionary areas,” Pineda pointed out.

“By 2016, President Aquino’s term ends. And he himself said that by that time, missionary areas electrification of off-grid and island barangays should be [fully] implemented,” he said.

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