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BAGUIO CITY – The Benguet Electric Cooperative recently energized 487 households in the four barangays of Kapangan, Benguet as part of the Nationwide Intensification of Housing Electrification (NIHE) Project.
That work elicited a resolution of gratitude from the Kapangan Sangguniang Bayan headed by vice-mayor Mayo Eslay through Resolution 2018-90 adopted last July 24.
The municipal council noted “this project contributed to the development of the community of Kapangan not only by giving the opportunity to experience the comfort of having electricity but also to fully use the potentials of electricity in relation to entrepreneurial endeavors.”
To further intensify the electrification program, the BENECO board led by president Rocky Aliping has adopted a resolution seeking a calamity assistance subsidy from the National Electrification Administration amounting to P3,142,134.48.
Beneco took the queue from NEA Circular No. 2016-01-0001 known as the “Adoption of Energy Resiliency in the Planning and Programming of the Energy Sector to Mitigate the Impacts of Disaster”.
In seeking the subsidy, the BENECO board of directors led by president Aliping noted the cooperative incurred several damages in its distribution network amounting to the cost being sought from NEA.
The major damages included 11 poles, 11 distribution transformers and 119 units protection facilities, according to Engr. Melchor Licoben, head of the cooperatives Network Services Department.
The damages were caused by typhoons Inday and Josie and monsoon rains occurring between last July 21-27.
By Ramon Dacawi