UP, PhilSA to aid NEA in identifying communities without power


The University of the Philippines (UP) will aid the National Electrification Administration (NEA) in distinguishing areas in the country without electricity through satellites that will be constructed by scientists and engineers from the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute.

In a report by the Philippine Star, UP president Angelo Jimenez said that NEA would fund the project as the executing body, while the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) would aid the project through satellite building.

In the agreement signed by both parties in January, the two entities would collaborate on the establishment of a geographical information system (GIS) database, as well as analytical tools that would give NEA and electric cooperatives the authority to validate households with little electricity.

In addition, the collaboration between UP and NEA would involve sharing data and offering technical support, among other joint initiatives. 

The GIS database was deemed essential in the energy distribution sector as it could solve problems like ascertaining the best route for power distribution lines and detecting real-time demographic changes in locations. 

For its last-mile electrification project, NEA would employ a threefold strategy to meet its 2028 deadline.