By Lenie Lectura - July 10, 2017
THE Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) agreed to implement a unified mechanism that will assist electric cooperatives (ECs) relocate power distribution lines affected by government construction.
The joint circular of the DOE-DPWH prescribes uniform guidelines and procedures for the proper payment of compensation and/or recovery of cost in the event of the need to relocate the ECs’ distribution and subtransmission lines.
“We have to address situations where the facilities of electric cooperatives need to be relocated due to government projects, such as road-widening and bridge construction, among other works, and provide a unified mechanism for the reasonable compensation to them for every affected facility,” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.
Based on the joint circular, the government agency implementing a public-works project shall coordinate with the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the concerned EC to address all right-of-way concerns related to the affected facility, including claims for compensation and determination of relocation sites.
It also provides an appropriate formula in the determination of proper compensation to the electric cooperative for the cost of the removal of the affected facility.
“With this joint circular, we will be able to accelerate and expand access to electricity services by our people,” Cusi said.