AboitizPower’s subsidiary Hedcor is helping Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (DASURECO) to implement the annual P3 million worth of free electrification project for 680 households located in far flung barangays and sitios of Davao del Sur this year.
Hedcor turned over housing electrical materials to the electric cooperative’s board members which included energy saving bulbs, wires, and circuit breakers. The turnover came after determining which areas are to be energized.
“We have identified a total of thirteen sitios and barangays for this particular project. It is our aim in the province to electrify all areas”, said DASURECO general manager Engr. Godofredo Guya.
This endeavor is Hedcor’s initiative to also help the government’s pursuit of Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) and Barangay Line Enhancement Program (BLEP) to achieve the total rural electrification target set by President Noynoy Aquino through the Department of Energy. According to the National Electrification Administration website, a government-owned and controlled corporation, committed to the ideals of the Rural Electrification Program, the government is targeting to light up all the unenergized sitios in the country by 2015 and 90% household electrification by 2017.
Electrification is a vital ingredient in uplifting the lives of the marginalized in the rural areas. Through giving them access to electricity you are opening up opportunities for development.
“Our partnership with DASURECO started years ago and in fact we were able to dispense a total of P9 million pesos worth of assistance for electrification project for the good of DASURECO consumers”, said by Rolando Pacquiao, Hedcor vice president for Mindanao Operations. “Our committed assistance to Davao del Sur will prosper as years go by”,Pacquiao added.
One of the residents in Barangay Sibulan said, “We are using lampara for quite a long time now. We are blessed that Hedcor took the initiative to help us light our houses free of charge. It is a dream come true for all of us”.
Barangay Sibulan, Barangay Darong, Barangay Balasiao, Sitio Buligan, Sitio Kumase, Sitio Bio are among the sitios and barangays that are entitled to avail the free house wiring of this partnership.
DASURECO is the power distribution utility of Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental, covering 14 municipalities and a city. Davao del Sur is host to the Hedcor-owned 42.5-megawatt run-of-river Sibulan hydropower plants and the 13.6-megawatt Tudaya hydropower project.