Albee delivering water, power

By Carla P. Gomez on Friday, June 2, 2017

Vital groundwork to provide residents and communities in remote and far-flung areas in the 3rd District power and water supply harnessed from renewal energy was facilitated last week by Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Negros Occidental 3rd District), a press release from his office said yesterday.

Validation teams that arrived in Negros Occidental from the Department of Energy and the Department of Science and Technology were guided by the staff of Benitez, with the support of local government executives of the Third District.

Representatives from the Central Negros Electric Cooperative and the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative also joined the activity for the Household Electrification Program (HEP), a component of the expanded Rural Electrification Program of the DOE.

Ocular inspection was conducted in Sitios Sibato and Lantawan in Barangay Guimbalaon of Silay City. Covered in Talisay City were Sitio Kipot, Barangay Concepcion; Hacienda Granada in Barangay Matab-ang; and PurokTumpok in Barangay Bubog, the press release said.

Reached in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia, are Sitios Balasyang, Genam-an and Tangke. In Victorias City, visited was Barrio Lawaan in Barangay 20.

Barangay Canlusong of EB Magalona that can be accessed through the Victorias City route was also visited and the team reached Hacienda 17, Sitio Ilaya 1 and 2, Jaroy and Marinque.

Those qualified under the HEP will be provided power using renewable energy systems such as photovoltaic, solar home system and micro-hydro system. Beneficiary sitios or barangays are also provided with solar streetlights and communal PV systems, it said.

The qualified areas for the program will be assisted by DOE, the electric cooperatives, their respective LGUs and the office of Cong. Benitez in the preparation of requirements for qualified and committed households.

DOST, on the other hand, fielded an Engineering Consortium composed of representatives from the Technological University of the Phil. in the Visayas, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod and the Iloilo Science and Technology University to work on a pilot proto-type for a solar-powered water system.

The DOST group visited Barangay Caliban in Murcia, Barangay Consing in EB Magalona, and Barangay 12 in Victorias, the press release also said.*

The DOE team in Barangay Canlusong, EB Magalona.*