NEA INCHES CLOSER TO REACHING 13-MILLIONTH ELECTRICITY CONSUMER CONNECTION
With only a few months left before its golden anniversary, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) is inching closer to its goal of hitting the 13-millionth electricity consumer connection mark this year.
Latest official figures showed that the total electricity consumer connections within the coverage areas of 121 electric cooperatives (ECs) nationwide have already reached 12,877,657 as of January 31, 2019, which is already 99 percent of the 13-millionth target.
According to the NEA Information Technology and Communication Services Department (ITCSD), majority of these are in Luzon with 6,070,768 consumer connections, followed by Visayas with 3,446,623, and Mindanao with 3,360,266 connections.
NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong said the agency, in close coordination with the ECs, is exploring all avenues to fast-track the consumer connection in time for the agency's 50th anniversary celebration.
"More than the goal of reaching this milestone, we want to be instrumental in achieving the government's long-term vision to eliminate poverty in the country as enshrined in the AmBisyon Natin 2040 program," Masongsong said.
The Duterte government's AmBisyon Natin 2040 aims to transform the country into a prosperous middle-class society free of poverty by 2040.
Since 1969, the NEA, together with the ECs being the implementing arm of the government, has been at the forefront of bringing electricity to rural and remote areas through the implementation of the rural electrification program, thereby promoting economic growth and social development in the countryside.
When Masongsong assumed the NEA leadership, the former party-list representative and electric cooperative general manager came out with the seven-point electrification agenda, which includes, among others, the completion of the rural electrification program.
For the past 50 years, all the 78 provinces covering 90 cities and 1,385 municipalities in the country have been successfully electrified by the NEA and 121 ECs. Moreover, a total of 36,057 of the 36,065 barangays nationwide have attained 100 percent energization.
On its golden anniversary this August, the NEA will celebrate the achievements in the past years with events, programs and exhibitions. This year's celebration will carry the theme "NEA@50: One with ECs and MCOs for Sustainable Rural Development."