By Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 15, 2017 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - State-run National Power Corp. (Napocor) and the local government units of Palawan have agreed to power up eight new Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) power plants to provide electricity service to around 6,000 households and further spur tourism in the province.
Under the memorandum of agreement (MOA), Napocor will provide generating sets, fuel and manpower for the new SPUG plants while the local government will provide for the power houses and plant site.
The eight new SPUGs are located in Barangay Tara, Coron; Paly, Beton, Casian in Taytay; Concepcion, Agutaya; Nangalao, Linapacan; and Bancalaan 1 and 2 in Balabac.
Napocor president Ma. Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita said the SPUGs will help boost tourism and local livelihood in the areas.
“Palawan being hailed as the best island in the world by various international magazines, we are certain that tourists will continue to flock to the province in the coming years and power supply in these areas will help locals start or improve their businesses to cater to domestic and international tourists,” she said.
The state-run firm also said the power supply it provides in the farthest islands and communities also ensure the implementation of the national government’s development programs in health, infrastructure and education.
The signing of the MOA was included in the corporation’s consultation and workshop on planning and forecasting for missionary electrification in Palawan which aims to engage all its stakeholders in the province in dynamic discussions on improving the power supply in the province.
“The MOA is the realization of the commitment we made during the formulation of a village electrification convergence action plan for the province held in 2016,” Sta. Rita said.
The convergence action plan was an avenue for the stakeholders like the Department of Energy, Napocor, Palawan Electric Cooperative, National Electrification Administration, Busuanga Island Electric Cooperative and the provincial government of Palawan to talk and agree on the roles of each in enhancing the power supply of the province.
Meanwhile, Napocor’s Power Engineering Services is already in the pre-construction stage in connecting the municipalities of Taytay and El Nido to the Palawan backbone transmission.
This is after the corporation has successfully switched on the Puerto Princesa to Roxas transmission line project in 2016.