SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique - At least 480 households in remote areas stand to benefit from the proposed energization of 23 sitios (sub-village) in this province by the Antique Electric Cooperative (Anteco) by the second quarter of 2023.
Anteco officer-in-charge Jerose Mioten, during a press conference on Friday, said the electrification program targets remote barangays in the nine towns of Antique with funding of PHP100 million from the National Electrification Administration (NEA).
The 23 sitios are in the towns of Tobias Fornier, Hamtic, San Jose de Buenavista, Sibalom, San Remigio, Belison, Patnongon, Culasi and Sebaste.
Mioten said Antique currently has 75 sitios without electricity.
The sitios electrification program has had a great impact on the community, particularly during the past two years during the surge of the coronavirus virus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic when face-to-face classes were suspended.
"Students from the remote barangays were still able to attend their online classes because they have electricity in their homes," she said.
Anteco technical services department manager Engr. Neal Peter Venegas said household beneficiaries can avail of free connection and processing fee because of the assistance from NEA.
"The expense usually runs to about PHP4,000 per household to have an electric connection but this is being covered by the program," he said in the press conference.
He said they target to finish the connections within 180 days once they start with the implementation of the program by the second quarter of this year.
The electrification program has already provided connections to 1,370 households in 2021 and 1,390 in 2022 throughout the province. (PNA)