Electrification program

June 30, 2019

REPORTS said  there are still around 2.7 million households, or 11.7 percent of the total number of households across this nation of more than 100 million people, with no access to electricity.

In a country now teeming with so many wonders of modern technology, like cellular telephones and other state-of-the-art telecommunication gadgets and facilities, this is certainly lamentable.

This prompted Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, a soft-spoken but workaholic public servant from Valenzuela City, to file Senate Bill 2218, which seeks to accelerate the country’s total electrification.

As proposed by Gatchalian, the government, through the National Power Corporation, will provide reliable electricity service in unserved and underserved communities across the country.

If we want to achieve 100 percent household electrification by next year, the Duterte government, which ends on June 30, 2022, needs to look for other technologies, said Gatchalian.

And Filipinos, including the poor, now believe that the recent inauguration of a P31-million solar station in Zambales will be a big help to the government’s electrification program.
Dubbed the “Brighten Up” project, the solar station was built by the Chinese government through the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) in Zambales.

The project will benefit an estimated 1,000 residents in two communities – Old and New Baliwet – in the peaceful town of San Marcelino, Zambales.
Chinese Embassy Economic Counselor Jiang Jianjun described the solar project, which began last January 24, as “a vivid portrayal of the friendship between China and the Philippines.”

SGCC Philippines Deputy Director Liu Ming, on the other hand, said the project is first of its kind initiated by a Chinese corporation.

In the view of many, it is only just and timely for the Philippine government, with the help of friends in the international community, to speed up the country’s total electrification.