The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has connected 129,560 more consumers in the countryside for the first quarter of 2022, hitting one-third of its 400,000 target connections for the year under the Rural Electrification Program.
Following this, NEA has now connected 91% or 14.969 million of its identified consumers, with only 30,965 consumers more to reach its 15-million connection goal under the program.
“The NEA, in partnership with the Electric Cooperatives, will continue to bring light and hope to the people in the countryside,” NEA administrator Emmanual Juaneza said.
Of the connections, 46% or 6,990,614 consumers are from Luzon, 27% or 3,969,748 consumers are from Visayas, while 27% or 4, 008, 673 consumers are from Mindanao,
Based on the 2015 Census of Population and Housing, around 1,287,305 or nine percent of NEA’s potential consumers have yet to be served.
As of end-2021, the country’s electric cooperatives were able to connect 14.83 million consumers or 91% of the total potential connections in their franchise areas.
From 2011 to 2019, NEA and the ECs have energized 38,357 sitios in the country under the Sitio Electrification Program. 12,467 sitios have yet to be energized.
The NEA is a state-run agency mandated to carry out the total electrification of the country.